Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is now accepting online applications for the 2018 grant cycle. Committed to advancing art, education and environmental causes, the BWF focuses its grant awards on Tennessee organizations while also allocating financial support to several national nonprofits. The deadline for applications is May 18, and grants will be announced in July. The application process and distribution of funds is coordinated by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and applications can be found at https://www.cfmt.org/giving-and-investing/become-a-donor/give-to-a-fund/bonnaroo-works-fund/.
“With an emphasis on local reinvestment and sustainability, Bonnaroo Works Fund supports qualified organizations that make meaningful and measurable differences in the lives of those they serve,” said Nina Miller, BWF executive director. “We strongly encourage programs that share our mission to apply.”
Established in 2009, BWF grants reflect the philanthropic commitment of festival founders, attendees, fans and partners, and since the festival’s inception, more than $7 million has been awarded to worthy causes by Bonnaroo Works Fund and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Last year, BWF awarded more than $225,000 to deserving organizations, with more than 75 percent of grants distributed to Tennessee-based organizations.
Past recipients of BWF grants include a broad range of organizations, including the Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, First Book, Music Rising, National Museum of African American Music, Notes for Notes, and the Land Trust for Tennessee.
“With funding from The Bonnaroo Works Fund, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation delivered a targeted Keys + Kids Piano Grant to Hillsboro Elementary School in Coffee County, Tenn., to build upon their music, drama and community programs,” said Christian Perry, program coordinator for VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
“Hillsboro Elementary has a continuously growing community and student population. With teaching every student in the building, it helps me to connect with various students on a different level. Not only is growing physically and mentally important, but these pianos provide my students with an opportunity to express themselves and to enjoy different avenues of music,” said Sarah Tendick, music teacher.
The BWF is funded through several festival channels. A portion of proceeds from Bonnaroo ticket sales is designated for BWF, and all proceeds from attendee-supported festival fundraisers including Silent Auction, Root for Roo, the Bonnaroo 5K Run, Bonnaroo Eats and Greets, and several other annual programs benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund.
“Festival patrons and fans have always played an important role in Bonnaroo Works’ fundraising efforts,” Miller said. “It is inspiring to work with a community that is so eager and committed to supporting philanthropic causes.”