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IBMA Foundation Project Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits,
Agencies, Public Schools, and Colleges for Music Projects

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Grants usually ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public schools and colleges for projects and programs that foster the growth of bluegrass music. Funding is intended for cultural, educational, organizational development, literary and media, performance, and historic preservation projects and programs.

In evaluating applications for an annual grant, the IBMA Foundation 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176895

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are usually $1,000 – $2,000 each.

Term of Contract:

- Grants are for the following calendar year.
- The IBMA Foundation does not generally award multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The IBMA Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations with 501(c) (3) status and qualified governmental agencies such as public schools and colleges.

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).

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
- Sectarian purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

All of the materials requested must be submitted by December 1 to be considered for a Project Grant given the following year.

As a general rule, an entity can only receive one grant per calendar year.

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 grant review committee and 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.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors (or a Grant Review Committee appointed by the board) will review the applications and vote on them in January. The recipients of the annual grants will be announced in February, and checks will go out by the end of March.

About the Foundation:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email or mail the completed info above to:
Nancy Cardwell

ATTN: IBMA Foundation
4206 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

Phone: 615-256-3222
Fax: 615-256-0450
Toll Free: 1-888-438-4262

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