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Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts

Perpetuating the Appreciation of Fine 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.”

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically online through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Foundant Grant Lifecycle manager. Only applications submitted online through Foundant will be accepted.

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.


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


The Foundation evaluates grants in accordance with the eligibility criteria, priorities and other matters contained in the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts 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
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations.
  • Any partisan political activity
  • Projects and activities that have already occurred


If you have questions, or would like more information on grant opportunities, contact Darren Penoyer by email at or by phone at (716) 852-2857 ext 206.

Additional Information

Please review the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts Guidelines and the application questions.

Past Cycle's Grant Recipients

2018 Oliver G. and Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts Grants 

Neglia Ballet (Ballet Artists of WNY, Inc.) – Support production of the Nutcracker – $10,000

Buffalo Opera Unlimited – Support production of Carmen  – $10,000

Chautauqua Institute-Chautauqua Opera – Support production of Don Giovanni – $6,000

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet – Support production of the Nutcracker and La Bayadere – $5,500

Fredonia College Foundation-Hillman Opera – Support production of Don Giovanni – $10,470