The RHFA Microgrant Program provides a financial award to college students in their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years for use towards an ARTS related learning initiative OR discipline of the student(s) choosing. 

RHFA Microgrants provide a bridge of encouragement. Microgrants can be used to help students cover cost of instrument rental or project materials related to their studies.  It provides a bridge between project requirements and actions. Microgrants are intended to help the student complete projects worry and stress free and maintain the necessary focus. 

Example of an initiative:  A microgrant can be used to help cover cost of instrument rental, cost for a workshop; or payment for studies to participate in project related field trip.  

We want to and are excited to hear what project you are working on and are passionate to complete.  We fund microgrant applications supporting a wide variety of projects and events; evidence of your passion and creativity will serve to fuel the likelihood that your application will be successfully funded.


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As a “seed funding” program for college youth, the main applicant for this award must be between age 18 or 23. Teachers, advisors, or other adults who are involved in the student program should list their information in the next section. A parent or guardian signature is not required on this application.

All Applicants must be located in the United States.

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By signing this application, I fully accept and agree to the following: I have read and agreed to the Ruby Holland Foundation (RHFA)  Terms and Conditions, deadlines and policies. I confirm that I would like to participate in the Ruby but that acceptance is at the discretion of RHFA.

I understand that the information in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and that the audition recording submitted with the application is my own unedited performance. I also understand that applicants are required to follow the competition’s regulations, RHFA reserves the right to terminate applicant from participation in the competition due to violation of RHFA regulations and there will be no refund of fees paid. Applicants are expected to adhere to basic standards of honesty and character. Plagiarism, dishonesty and cheating in RHFA music competitions are prohibited and will result in terminating the applicant’s participation. I understand that registration fee is due at the time registration is submitted. Registration fees are non-refundable.

I release RHFA, and its agents and employees, from all claims, demands, and causes of action because of any injury, illness, or loss which may occur during my participation in the music competition. RHFA is not responsible for safeguard of the instruments or personal objects. By registering for the RHFA music competition, I acknowledge that I grant permission to the RHFA to use any photograph or video containing my likeness. Such images may be used for promotional, news, research or educational purposes. I agree to all statements made above.


How should I submit the completed application form? Is there an online portal or mailing address?

Application process is paperless.    It is set up to be an electronic process that is user friendly and easy to accommodate.    Log on to website then click the tab that says “I want to apply for college microgrant”

What are the specific deadlines for submitting microgrant applications, and how often are microgrants awarded?

Microgrant applications can be submitted at any time but are reviewed quarterly. The deadlines for review are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. Microgrants are awarded four times per year.

Are there any restrictions on how microgrant funds can be used?

Yes, there are limitations on microgrant-stipends.  Not covered are: facility rentals, or transportation costs. Microgrants are intended to cover costs of arts-related learning initiatives, such as instrument rental, project materials, workshops, or studies associated with projects.

Could you give some examples of the types of projects or initiatives that the microgrants can support?

You may apply for a microgrant to help cover expense cost of projects or event as covering the cost of instrument rental, to assist with expenses for workshops, or payments for studies to participate in project-related field trips.

What is the range of grant amounts available to students, and are there specific requirements or qualifications to apply for a microgrant?

Students aged 18 through 22 may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete arts-related projects in colleges/universities throughout the United States. The application is open only to students who are currently enrolled and attending college.

Is the program open to college students nationwide, or are there specific eligibility criteria regarding location and age?

The program is open to students nationwide in the United States. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 22, and currently enrolled, and attending college.

How should applicants designate student leaders if applying on behalf of a class or student group, and why is this important?

Applicants applying on behalf of a class or student group should designate a maximum of three student leaders to be the main points of contact for the project. This helps in effective communication, and the application form provides space to enter each team member’s name. Clear points of contact make communication easier.

Are teacher or advisor involvement and adult signatures required for student-led projects?

No, teacher or advisor involvement is not explicitly mentioned as a requirement for student-led projects. Additionally, a parent or guardian signature is not required on the application. The main applicant(s) must be between ages 18 and 22.

What is the timeline for notification of decisions on microgrant applications, and what factors contribute to successful funding?

Applicants are notified of decisions within six (6) weeks of each microgrant deadline. Successful funding is likely to be influenced by evidence of passion and creativity in the project, aligning with the program’s mission to encourage and support students in their arts-related endeavors.

Are there specific guidelines for expressing passion and creativity in the application to increase the chances of being funded?

While specific guidelines for expressing passion and creativity are not outlined, the foundation expresses excitement to hear about the project and encourages applicants to showcase their passion and creativity. This suggests that conveying enthusiasm and originality in the project description may enhance the chances of successful funding.

Can you provide more information about the National Projects Committee managing the program and the mission of the Ruby Holland Foundation?

The National Projects Committee of the Ruby Holland Foundation comprises of a team of 4 volunteers of the foundation Ruby Holland Foundation who oversee the management of the Microgrant Program, and also processing of applications.    The mission of the Ruby Holland Foundation is to help aspiring artists, supporting students from diverse backgrounds in making strides in their field of studies.