Area 5 Chime Grant Program

Enhance your program with a Chime Grant from Area 5. Click here to apply.

The Chime Grant program was established by Area 5 to promote handbell and handchime ringing and has expanded beyond school settings to start up groups in churches, music therapy efforts, elder care recreation and more. There are unique learning opportunities to be found when using handchimes and Area 5 is excited to see how this grant program is growing and supporting groups across our membership area.

Area 5 owns several sets of handchimes that are loaned to qualified programs throughout the five-state area. Program leaders may apply at any time. Grant recipients receive a three-octave set of handchimes as well as music and various materials, typically received in August and returned the following May/June.


Our Chime Grant Commitment

Area 5 is committed to supporting the inclusion of handchimes in both the general music classroom and appropriate outreach groups. Awarding these grants creates space in organizations to build concepts of music, teamwork, mental focus, gross and fine motor skills and the joy of personal achievement.


Submit your application for a chime grant today!

Just left my first-grade music class after having played a passable handchime version of “Happy Birthday”! Am currently using them in grades 1, 2, & 3 – having a good time learning some basic music theory and chime technique.

Geoffrey Schiefer

Cross Lanes Christian School, WV

I cannot thank you enough for the use of these chimes this past year! I am so excited to tell you that over 100 students learned to ring handchimes this year and they all performed in at least one concert! … Our principal was so impressed with what our students have learned that he allowed us to purchase two two-octave sets of Malmark chimes. I could not be happier that our students were afforded this opportunity! I am so grateful for the support from Area 5!

Danelle S.

Portage West Middle School, MI

The addition of tone chimes to our program has provided the opportunity for patients to make and play music together. Chimes are easy to use and provide a way for all patients to participate despite motor, cognitive or psychological limitations. They make music more accessible and create a way for everyone to be involved in the music making process.

Katie Cowan

MT-BC, NICU-MT, Norton Hospital

I loved the chimes! Thank you so much for teaching us the chimes. I have never been able to read music before you taught us how. It was kind of hard to play “Jesus Loves Me” with two chimes to handle, but I figured it out. I thank you a lot.


3rd Grade