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Grants to New York Nonprofits and Schools for Arts Performances

Oliver G. and Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts


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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/14/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and schools in eligible counties for fine arts stage productions. Funding is intended to support opera, ballet, theater, and live music presentations that reflect the form in which they were originally created and are traditionally presented. Grants must benefit Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.

The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts was established, in the words of its founder, "to perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture." Funding will be prioritized and awarded in 2 tiers:

Tier 1: Awards will be prioritized first for performances of “traditional, classical ballet and opera on the living stage, and preferably of the English, European, or Russian schools.” Qualifying performances should “preserve the originality of their composition, so the ballets are presented in their traditional choreography, and operas are sung in the language in which they were composed (except certain operas which may be customarily be rendered in English and are regarded as ‘traditional’ by the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York).” Classical music is defined as the period up to the start of WWI (1914).

Tier 2: If any funds remain after awards have been made to all ballet and opera nonprofits eligible under Tier 1, awards will be prioritized for qualifying performances presented through the encouragement and support of responsible music or theater nonprofits. Qualifying works shall “preserve the high quality of performance of traditional or classical works” of music, theater, or ballet from the repertories traditionally considered classical for each medium. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are awarded only to organizations that the Internal Revenue Service has determined to be described in Section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applicants must be located or delivering services in at least one of the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.

The Foundation will not consider funding for:
- Endowments
- Religious purposes
- Projects outside the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming)
- Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
- Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
- Any partisan political activity. Funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office.
- The Foundation will not award grants for the carrying on of any propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (lobbying).
- Projects and activities that have occurred. The Foundation will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s funding decision being communicated to the applicant.

Pre-Application Information
- Application available March 13, 2023
- Applications due April 14, 2023, by 4 pm
- Final decisions approximately mid-May, 2023

Applications must be submitted electronically online through the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager. No paper, emailed or pdf applications will be accepted.

Grant seekers are encouraged to call the Community Foundation with any questions related to the application.

Bauman support shall be in the form of a grant, preferably matching funds. At any given time, organizations can only have one open competitive grant with the Bauman Fund.

Eligible applicants may apply for a Bauman Fund Grant and may also apply for any other Foundation grant for which they are otherwise eligible. In addition, eligible applicants may apply for Bauman Fund grants in successive years. If an organization has a multi-year funding commitment from Bauman, it cannot submit a request until that commitment is completed.

Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
The Foundation will consider multiyear requests on a limited basis.

The Foundation requires that all grants be closed out within one year of the receipt of funds with the exception of multiyear commitments. Multiyear grant recipients must submit yearly reporting in order to receive their next grant.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to Darren Penoyer at or call (716) 852-2857 ext. 206.

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo NY 14210
Phone: 716-852-2857

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