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

Bauman 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.

Total amount available for disbursement in 2019 is approximately $47,000.

Primary Award Criteria 

The Foundation evaluates grants in accordance with the eligibility criteria, priorities and other matters contained in these Guidelines and the Additional Information listed below.

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.

Timeline

  • Application available online March 11, 2019
  • Application due April 12, 2019 by 4 p.m. No exceptions.
  • Decision notification mid-May 2019

Eligibility

  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • At any given time organizations can only have one open competitive grant with the Foundation.

The Foundation will not consider competitive funding for:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
  • Endowments
  • Religious purposes
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
  • Annual events or festivals
  • Any partisan political activity. Funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office.
  • Projects and activities that have occurred. The Foundation will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant.

Contact

For more information about the Oliver G. and Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts competitive grants process, please contact Darren Penoyer by email at darrenp@cfgb.org or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 206.

Additional Information

  • The Foundation reserves the right to pay grants in a single installment or in “draws” at its sole discretion.
  • The Foundation will consider multiyear requests on a limited basis.
  • The Foundation requires that all successful applicants obtain three bids for any equipment purchase.
  • The 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 Foundation is prohibited and will result in a request that those grant funds be returned to the Foundation.

For more information on the 2019 Bauman Grant Process, please click here.

Last Cycle Grant Recipients

Please click here to download a list of 2018 Bauman grantees.