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Annual Bluegrass Foundation Grant

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

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The Foundation for Bluegrass Music

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Grants of up to $2,000 to USA nonprofit agencies, public schools, colleges and other qualified governmental agencies for projects and programs related to bluegrass music. The Foundation encourages the art form of bluegrass music, as well as related culture, education, literary work, historic preservation and other efforts of public benefit.

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?
- 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?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176895

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000 each

Term of Contract:

As a general rule, an entity can only receive one grant per calendar year. The Foundation does not generally award multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 sometimes given to programs that are not 501(c) (3) depending on how well the program aligns with the Foundation’s goals.

Grants are not awarded in the following areas:
- Projects which do not primarily involve bluegrass music
- Annual fundraising
- Organizational endowment funds
- Deficit financing
- Grants to be paid directly to individuals
- Sectarian purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by December 1 to be considered for a grant given the following year.

The winners of the annual grants will be announced by the first week in March and checks will go out before the end of March.

More information about the grant process can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Please email the completed information to:

Nancy Cardwell

Please send two copies of the financial requests to:
The Foundation For Bluegrass Music Grants
4206 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

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

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