Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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

Mar 24, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its 2016 granting cycle. The Bauman Fund for the Arts is administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and awards annual grants to 501©(3) nonprofit organizations located within the eight counties of Western New York specializing in the arts and cultural sectors. Applications are due Friday, April 15, 2016 and are available at

The Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter to support causes important to her father, Oliver Bauman, in his name forever. 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 a legacy gift, which Mrs. Baxter hoped would help “perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture.”

In accordance to the client’s wishes, priority will be 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 Opera Unlimited, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Sacra.

Since 2010, the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $200,000 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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