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 as well as children’s colored bell sets 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 to typically be 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 hand chime version of Happy Birthday! Am currently using them in grades 1, 2, 3 – having good time learning some basic music theory and chime technique.

Geoffrey Schiefer

Cross Lanes Christian School, WV

After receiving the refurbished chimes I started a Chime Club at my middle school. I had eleven 6th and 7th graders ring each Friday afternoon in my classroom. The Club ended up trying out for the Talent Show last May and actually made the final cut. Eight of the girls dressed up in baseball uniforms and played “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” as an audience sing-a-long. The students loved it and the teachers thought the group was fantastic!

Linda Holzwarth

I learned how to read music. I liked the sound that the chimes made. It was hard learning how to read music. I didn’t know about chimes before this.


3rd Grade

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