Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Bauman Fund for the Arts


The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter as a unique way to memorialize her father by including his name in her own endowment. Mrs. Baxter and her father shared a love for 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 should help "perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture."

Grant Opportunity

Support shall be in the form of a grant, preferably matching funds.

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).”

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.


Primary Award Criteria

The Foundation evaluates grants in accordance with the eligibility criteria, priorities and other matters contained in these Guidelines and the answers to the questions listed under Project Description on the Bauman Fund Grant Application.

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.

501(c)3 Determination

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

Application Waiting Period

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.

Electronic Application Required

Bauman Fund Competitive grant requests will only be considered if they have been submitted electronically through the application website. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications left in draft form on the application website will not be processed.

Other Matters

  • The Community Foundation reserves the right to pay grants in a single installment or in “draws” at its sole discretion.
  • The Community Foundation does not usually make multi-year grants.
  • The Community Foundation requires that all successful applicants obtain three bids for any equipment purchase.
  • The Community Foundation requires that all grants be closed out within one year of the receipt of funds.
  • The Community Foundation reserves the right to conduct an independent evaluation of grant expenditures for up to four years. The grantee agrees to provide the information necessary to complete such an evaluation. Failure to submit requested information in a timely fashion may obligate the grantee to refund the grant.
  • The use of grant funds for purposes not approved by the Community Foundation is prohibited and will result in a request that those grant funds be returned to the Foundation.


  • RFP posted online: March 12, 2018
  • Application deadline: April 13, 2018 by 4PM
  • Funding decisions announced: late-May


If you have questions or would like more information about the Bauman Fund's grant opportunities contact Darren Penoyer by email or (716) 852-2857.

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