The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that $101,550 in grants have been awarded to 20 recipients through the 2018 Outreach fall grant cycle, bringing the Bowl’s total 2018 giving to more than $390K for local non-profit performing arts organizations!
The Board voted to approve fall 2018 grants based on recommendations from the Foundation’s Outreach Committee, after evaluating applications from schools, artists, and not-for-profit organizations from across Santa Barbara County. The grants are funded by generous private donations as well as a Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation contribution of $1 from every concert ticket sold.
The $390K in total giving was distributed between local programs, education, and experiences. This included the spring 2018 grants which awarded $130K; Instrument Fund, $76K; Flash Grants and sponsorships, $62K; and Community Ticket Subsidy Program, $29K.
To qualify for an Outreach grant, the organization and/or program must focus on performing arts education. 2018 fall grant receipts include dedicated in-school programs such as Children’s Creative Project, Santa Barbara Dance Institute, and high school band programs. Afterschool programs continued to be an essential focus for both grant cycles, with funds going to organizations including Boxtales Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Strings, Youth Interactive, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, Rock Shop Academy, Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation and Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.
“Supporting local performing arts education is a top priority for the Bowl Foundation,” said Karen Kerns, Chair of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Outreach Committee. “The inspiring work of these grant recipients wows us year-after-year and plays a vital role in our community. Plus, the contributions of local individuals, businesses, and other organizations ensure we can further support performing arts education.”
For 2019, the spring grant cycle full applications are due April 30, 2019. More information can be found at the Bowl's Outreach pages.