Carmel PorchFest Inc. Grant Program

Carmel PorchFest Inc. creates Grant Program for aspiring local Musicians

Carmel PorchFest (CPF), now in it’s 11th year, is a free, family-friendly event with a variety of local musical acts performing live on neighborhood porches. Carmel PorchFest was started in 2014 to promote the Arts & Design District homes, as well as highlighting local musicians. We also run the community’s favorite block party, Late Night on Main. We host three to four Late Night on Main events per season.

Carmel PorchFest Inc. is run by a Board of Directors, along with a committee of Carmel volunteers and business owners. The events are supported by local Sponsors and Donors, who make the events possible.  As CPF continues to grow, our board and sponsors wanted to extend our reach to young, aspiring musicians in the community.

The Carmel PorchFest Grant Program has been created to provide financial support for up-and-coming musicians in the form of grants to cover such items as new instruments, lessons, schooling, musical opportunities, etc. in exchange for volunteer hours. Once a student volunteers four hours at any combination of Carmel PorchFest, Inc. events, you will become eligible for the grant.  

Students 6 – 18 years of age can apply for financial assistance in return for volunteering time at our events held throughout the year.  Students age 13 and below will need a parent or guardian to volunteer with them.

How to Apply: To apply for a Carmel PorchFest, Inc. grant sign up here.  Then sign up to volunteer at a Late Night on Main or Carmel PorchFest event here.  We plan to award grants twice a year, depending on interest.

After the student volunteers, the Board and Committee will review all applications. We will then follow up and notify all grant winners.

Carmel PorchFest has awarded 10 music grants to date, to deserving students in the community. Each student has used the money to help with their musical aspirations such as; violin lessons, flute lessons, new instruments and music programs. We hope we can continue to help the youth in our community who are interested in music, as it is our mission to promote the value of music.

Want to get involved? Consider donating to the Carmel PorchFest Grant Program to keep the music at the forefront of our children’s lives. $500 Donors will receive four tickets to our Feinstein’s VIP Lounge at each Carmel PorchFest & Late Night on Main event.  Carmel PorchFest and the Carmel PorchFest Grant Program is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Email us at to get involved.

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