October 20, 2017


Established: May 27, 2011


The 2017 Wong Music Mini-Grant cycle is now open! This annual competitive award program makes small grants to support school music programs, up to a maximum amount of $1,000 per grant.
Teachers in Solano County public and private schools, grades K through 12, who currently teach music, or desire to establish or expand a music program for students are eligible to apply. 
Mini-Grants are made in memory and honor of Rose Marie Wong, who passed away on February 5, 2016. Her philanthropy touched and improved the lives of many children and families in Solano County. Her legacy lives on through the grants made to support music.



In 2011 Donald and Rose Marie Wong of Vacaville established the Donald and Rose Marie Wong Endowment Fund, a permanent fund at Solano Community Foundation, to support local music teachers and their programs in perpetuity. This generous couple’s actions came from a life-long passion for music, and a deep concern that music instruction and performance have all but disappeared in our schools. “We are most interested in helping music teachers and their students. We want them to have the equipment and materials to do their best,” stated Mrs. Wong.
Mr. and Mrs. Wong's long-range goal, and primary purpose of their fund is to encourage community involvement and funding support from local businesses, music teachers, parents, booster clubs, and students.

WONG MUSIC MINI-GRANT use & spending

More than one teacher per school may apply for a mini-grant; as long as their individual request addresses a specific, urgent need. However, identical requests submitted by teachers from the same school, for the exact same need or purpose, will not be considered for funding.
Grant monies may only be used for music program expenses directly connected to music practice and performance. Funds awarded must be spent on the purchase and repair of musical instruments, sheet music, uniforms and accessories. Award checks are made payable to the school, for further distribution to the teacher applicant. Grant monies may not be used for transportation, lodging, meals, or fundraising expenses.


As a condition of award, all Wong Music Mini-Grant recipients are required to submit a Music Grantee Report to notify SCF that monies have been spent. The report consists of a brief narrative response to five music program-related questions.  Also, teachers must submit at least one program-related digital photo. If the photo includes students involved in the project, an SCF Media Release Form is required. Mini-Grant recipients who do not submit their report will be considered ineligible to submit a funding request for the next grant cycle. Click on the links below to access the required forms. For more information about this fund and Music Mini-Grant program, please call us.


Rose Marie Lee Wong, recently passed away at the age of 87, in Vacaville, CA, was a woman of firsts. First-born in a family of seven children, she excelled in school. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, during the depression in a small hand laundry, Rose set the standards for the Lee siblings who all obtained university educations and professional status.
Rose graduated from the University of Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy in 1949 and became Buffalo’s first female hospital chief of pharmacy when she joined the staff at Deaconess Hospital, where she worked for 25 years.
In 1977, after a record snowstorm kept Rose in the hospital, where she slept on the pharmacy’s floor for three days, she decided to move to sunny California.
In 1979, she met and married Donald Wong, and he became her traveling companion. Together they traveled the world, only missing Antarctica. After working at North Bay Medical Center and Vaca Valley Hospital for twenty years as a staff pharmacist, Rose retired in 2010 and began volunteering with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC–Davis, the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, and the Leisure Town Travel Club.
Rose loved swimming in Vacaville’s community pool. She and a stalwart group of swimmers met three mornings a week to do one-mile laps. In search of a new challenge, Rose joined a gym three years ago and Phil Jamison, of Stone Core Ninja Fitness, became her fitness trainer, mentor, and dear friend. Under his guidance, Rose did a 10-minute plank and was learning to box at age 87!
Rose was not a traditional person of faith, but she lived an exemplary and generous moral life. She was outspoken and passionate in her beliefs. In 2011, Rose and Donald, aware of the lack of funding for music in the Solano County public schools, created the Donald and Rose Marie Wong Endowment Fund at the Solano Community Foundation. Rose was a benefactor to many organizations and individuals.
Rose is survived by her husband Donald, stepson Gregory Wong and wife Debbie Fairbanks Wong, five siblings, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

PRIOR YEAR Wong music mini-grant RECIPIENTS



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