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Origin and Purpose: The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Inc. (the “Foundation”) is a non-profit charitable organization created in 2007 to serve as an “umbrella” under which funds can be placed and disbursed to support educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities of public benefit. The Foundation distributes funds to fulfill its mission. The Foundation has a broad, flexible purpose providing support to a wide variety of initiatives.
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music recognizes the need for flexibility in addressing needs and opportunities. In evaluating applications the Foundation for Bluegrass Music gives consideration to the following factors, among others:
- Does the program or project directly involve bluegrass music?
- Does the program or project address a priority need of or opportunity facing the bluegrass music community? What is its nature and scope and the number of people served by this project?
- Does the program or project duplicate any other existing initiative?
- Will the program or project have a significant impact on a need or opportunity in the bluegrass music community, what outcome will be achieved, and how will it be measured?
- Does the program or project have a demonstrated sound financial plan? The income and expense budget for the grant and balance sheets and income statements for the entire organization (for the two most recently completed fiscal years or pro forma statements if newly organized) MUST accompany the application, together with the most recent Form 990 for the applicant as filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
- Will this grant constitute matching funds?
- After this program or project is completed, how will funding continue? If not funded, what is the effect?
- Does the program or project have a broad base of support such as volunteer involvement, public participation, and/or collaboration with other organizations? Please elaborate on these issues.
Restrictions • The Foundation generally makes grants to non-profit organizations with 501(c) (3) status and qualified governmental agencies such as public schools and colleges. Grants are not awarded in the following areas: projects which do not primarily involve bluegrass music, annual fund raising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, grants to be paid directly to individuals, or for sectarian purposes.
Procedures • As a general rule, an entity can only receive one grant per calendar year. The Foundation does not generally award multi-year grants. All proposal applications should include the Foundation’s “Grant Application Cover Page,” and applicants should submit six copies of their proposal on 8 ½” x 11” paper printed on one side only plus one digital copy which may be sent as an email attachment or on a CD. The Grant Application Cover Page is available on our website (download below). Hand written applications will not be accepted. Materials should not be bound, inserted in protective sleeves or prepared in other types of notebook form except with a single staple. Invest your time in content rather than presentation.
Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Those ineligible under the restrictions listed above will be denied without further consideration. Those eligible for consideration will be assigned to a board or staff member for review, further investigation, and presentation at a board meeting at which grant applications are considered. Eligible applicants will be notified of the board’s decision to fund at the requested amount, fund at a lesser amount, deny, or defer for future consideration.
When a grant check is cashed, the grantee is obligated to use it for the purpose given in the application. Grants awarded to entities which are not 501(c) (3) organizations will be paid to a qualifying fiscal agent organization, or directly to the vendor (such as an educational institution, travel provider, or equipment supplier). Grant recipients are required to acknowledge the funding support of The Foundation for Bluegrass Music in project publicity and any printed or other media materials generated by the project in accordance with the Foundation’s policy for use of its name, logo or mark. Grant recipients are required to file a written report describing the use of the funds after the project/program is completed or nine months after the grant has been received, whichever comes first. Subsequent applications will not be considered until the final report is received.
Necessary Application Information • Beginning in 2015, there will be an annual general grant request application deadline of December 1st for projects planned for the following calendar year. Please include the following information in your proposal and compile your Grant Application in the order set forth below. The narrative should not exceed two single-sided pages (not including the financial information). Please use at least 11-point type font with 1” margins.
- Application cover page (downloadable form is available below)
- Income and expense budget for the grant request project.
- Narrative (detailed description of project and answers to the questions in the application guidelines)
- Income statement and balance sheet for the entire organization for the last two years.
- Most recent form 990 for the applicant as filed with the IRS.
TO APPLY FOR A GRANT | Click here to download a grant application cover letter form in PDF format, or use the online cover letter form available by clicking here, or use the online cover letter form at the very bottom of this page. Thank You!
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, January 1, 2015 | The Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced the four programs that will receive funding grants from the Foundation in 2015. Each program will receive a $2,000 grant:
Junior Appalachian Musicians
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. helps communities provide opportunities for children to participate in the old-time and bluegrass music and dance traditions of the Southern Appalachians.
Toe River Arts Council
TRAC sponsors the Toe River Chamber Ensemble, a group of 20-25 volunteer musicians, who meet weekly to rehearse, then perform concerts throughout the year in schools and local churches. Music in the Mountains Folk Festival, dedicated to the “preservation of mountain music and culture”, happens in the fall with old time string bands, ballad singers, clogging, storytelling and blue grass.
West Virginia University
West Virginia University Bluegrass and Old-Time Instruction in Morgantown, WV.
Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Bands
More recently, high schools have begun offering bluegrass bands as an alternative to a regular orchestra or marching band. One of those high schools is Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, WV. The bluegrass band at Wheeling Park was created in 1993 when teacher Bob Turbanic decided that students were listening to the wrong kinds of music. He had grown up on bluegrass music, and thought that the kids he was teaching should be exposed to that style of music as well.
“We were very happy to receive so many very worthwhile applications for our grants this year,” said Mark Panfil, Chairperson for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. “It encourages us to hear of the many places, throughout the country, where people are working to spread Bluegrass music, but it also makes the decision process so difficult for the members of this board. We believe the programs that we chose focus most directly on Bluegrass music, and addressed specific needs as identified by the board in the Bluegrass music community.”
“We would like to thank all of the organizations that applied this year and encourage those who we couldn’t manage to help with funding to re-apply next year,” Panfil added. | Click Here For Details & To Apply
Created in 2007, the Foundation for Bluegrass Music is a non-profit charitable organization (501c3) created to serve as an “umbrella” under which funds can be placed and disbursed to support educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities of public benefit. In addition to these yearly grants, the Foundation also funds such projects as Bluegrass in the Schools and various workshops and camps for all aspects of the industry. To find out more about the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, visit www.bluegrassfoundation.org | The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, 608 W Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204, 615-256-3222
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