Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Opens Competitive Grants Process for Bauman Fund for the Arts

Mar 19, 2015 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its 2015 granting cycle. The Bauman Fund for the Arts, which is administered by the Community Foundation, awards annual grants to 501©(3) nonprofit organizations located within the eight counties of Western New York and that specialize in the arts and cultural sectors. Applications are due April 15, 2015 and can be downloaded and submitted at

According to donor’s wishes, priority is given to applications that focus solely on the performance of “traditional, classical ballet and opera on the living stage, and preferably of the English, European, or Russian schools.” Last year the Community Foundation awarded more than $35,000 to six nonprofit organizations through this competitive process. Recent grantees of this award include, Ballet Artists of WNY, Inc. dba Neglia Ballet, Buffalo Chamber Players, Buffalo Opera Unlimited and Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet.

The Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter as a unique way to memorialize her father, Oliver Bauman. Mrs. Baxter and her father shared a love of the classics, including classical languages, ballet and opera. At the end of her life she translated that love into this bequest, which Mrs. Baxter said hoped would help “perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture.”

Since 2010, the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $175,000 to Western New York nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the region’s arts and cultural communities. For more information on the Bauman Fund for the Arts grant process, please visit

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