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Grants and Scholarships

The Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship

The $1,000 yearly scholarship for musicians or singers is to be used for their study of Irish instrumental music or song. Applicants may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be residents of the Milwaukee area. Winners will be given $500 in August of the award year. The remaining $500 will be awarded only upon the committee’s receipt of the grantee’s report, including evidence (such as receipts and registration forms) that the project was completed.

Examples of past scholarships:

  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Sean Nos lessons
  • Study & Compilation of Session Tunes

Application Deadline is June 30, 2018

To Apply: Download and fill out the application form

*Christopher Wieber was awarded the 2017 Edward J. Ward Music Scholarship during Milwaukee Irish Fest. 

Chris will be using the scholarship funds to study Irish flute at the Scoil Gheimhridh in Gweedore, County Donegal this winter. He has been playing flute and whistle since high school and since moving to Milwaukee has become an active participant in the local traditional Irish music scene. He has also been a volunteer for Irish Fest since 2015. Congratulations Chris!

Foundation Grant Guidelines

View the guidelines for applying for a grant from the Irish Fest Foundation here.

Volunteer Academic Scholarship Forms

Deadline for the $2000 scholarship is June 30, 2018.

To Apply: Fill out the online application form here.

Renewal Application: Fill out the online application form here. 

CelticMKE established scholarships for Milwaukee Irish Fest volunteers beginning in 2002. Up to five $2,000 post-secondary scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving volunteers who meet the criteria outlined below. The scholarships were established as both a reward and an incentive for individuals who give significant time and effort as volunteers for the organization or the festival. They also are intended to assist in developing future leaders of CelticMKE.


Irish Cultural Grant

The Irish Cultural Grant was established in 1998 by resolution of the Board of Directors of Irish Festivals, Inc. A yearly total of $2,000 is available, dispersed in smaller grant amounts. Applications will be reviewed once a year in November. Its purpose is to fund an individual’s project that is related to the study of any aspect of Irish culture. Applicant must be an individual, may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be a resident of the Milwaukee area. The Scholarship Committee anticipates announcing grant recipients in November. Further information and applications can be obtained by writing to the Scholarship Committee at Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53213, by emailing us at, by calling CelticMKE at (414) 476-3378 during regular business hours.

Examples of past grants:

  • Currach research and competitions
  • Theatrical production development
  • Irish language study
  • Irish music session research for book publication

Download Application Here.


Contact us at or at 414-476-3378.

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