The Picerne Family Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2022

Vision Initiatives Program.

The application deadline is March 31, 2022.

The Vision Initiatives Program gives mental health professionals and educators the opportunity to fulfill a dream initiative of their choice.

The Picerne Family Foundation created the Vision Initiatives Program to foster and support mental/behavioral health professionals and educators who have both the vision to see ways to improve services in their fields and the initiative to carry them out. The goal of this program is to enhance the services these professionals provide while at the same time providing stimulus to their careers.

The Foundation invites accomplished and motivated mental/behavioral health professionals and educators to propose “the project of their dreams”, a program that they feel will have real and lasting impact for their clients, students and people they serve. The Foundation’s role is to provide the funding to help fulfill that dream. The Foundation provides multi-year grants and organizational consultation in support of the program.

Grant Amount:  Selected professionals will receive up to $10,000 for their project.

Eligibility: 

  • Professional staff, counselors and educators working in or with nonprofit, behavioral/mental health, and education organizations are eligible to apply for this grant funding.
  • Projects must fall outside of the scope and responsibility of current city, county, school district and nonprofit budgets. 
  • Vision Initiatives grant funds will be awarded to the selected applicant’s organization in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California.

Application Information: The application deadline is March 31, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of their written application in order to discuss their intended projects. Contact the Picerne Family Foundation by telephone at (949) 267-1517, or by e-mail for more information. Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word Doc format to vnelson@picernefoundation.org and kengolden@gmail.com. Applications are available for download by clicking on the following link: Vision Initiatives Application.

To Develop a World Class High School Vocal Music Program led by Andrew Ball

The Picerne Family Foundation awarded the first Vision Initiative Program grant to the Corona del Mar High School Vocal Music Program, led by Andrew Ball, Choral Conductor, for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 school years. The goal of the program was to develop the musicianship and vocal ability of the most capable students by providing access to individualized voice lessons. All 41 members of the top choral group, the Madrigal Singers, were eligible for weekly 30-minute individual voice lessons throughout the school year.

In addition to inspiring a culture of musicians who value both solo and ensemble performance at the school, Mr. Ball hoped to broaden the discussion and raise expectations about what an academically focused high school music program must include to properly prepare students for university level programs. Long term success would see most of these students continuing to create music at high levels throughout the country, not just as high-ranking university voice majors, but also as participants in top collegiate and community vocal ensembles. Regardless of each student’s ultimate career path, they would be lifelong participants in music and the arts as performers, audience members, and patrons. They will take with them experiences that will enrich themselves and those around them.

Technology in the Musical Classroom led by Rebecca Herron

The Picerne Family Foundation Vision Initiatives Program grant was awarded to Rebecca Herron at the Eastbluff and Newport Coast Elementary School music programs for the 2018/19 school year. Ms. Herron’s Technology in the Musical Classroom project increased her students’ musical literacy and foundational musical knowledge through the use of technological resources, specifically iPad's and music education applications.

The musical classroom is often overlooked when new technology is brought to an elementary school site. Engaging students with technology in addition to traditional teaching methods fosters creativity and inspires appreciation for the musical art form on various levels, including singing, playing, composing, listening, and digital music production. Ms. Herron also hopes to lay the foundation for students to further their musical education and establish an appreciation for music that continues throughout junior high, high school and beyond.