MANCHESTER – The Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the world-renowned Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, has announced recipients of the organization’s annual grants.
Twenty local and state nonprofits received grants totaling $139,250 to continue their good works. In addition to the grants made this week, Bonnaroo officials have tallied this year’s fundraising totals and report that community organizations earned more than $230,000 in commissions while assisting with festival concession booths this year.
As the festival wraps up its donation year, Bonnaroo officials also announced a revised application process and will now be accepting proposals from 501(c)3 organizations beginning Oct. 1 with another round of funding to be distributed in May.
According to festival partners, the mission of the Bonnaroo Works Fund is to enhance the quality and availability of arts and education programs and promote environmental sustainability in Tennessee.
“From the beginning, we have been committed to being a positive force in the Coffee County community as well as in the extended communities that support and make up the festival,” says Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps, CEO of AC Entertainment. “It is an essential part of our mission to support the community through our own giving, as well as by creating opportunities and helping to nurture the spirit of philanthropy in others.”
“It’s always been part of our mission to be a part of this statewide and national community and respond to needs as we can,” said Rick Farman, festival partner and owner of Superfly Presents. “As one of the tenets of the Bonnaroovian Code, we encourage festival attendees to radiate positivity, and one of the ways they do that is by contributing to the Bonnaroo Works Fund and, therefore, participating in these grants.”
This year, more than 60 local organizations – including the Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, the Lady Raider volleyball team, Coffee County Rescue Squad, the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center, and numerous other education, arts and sports groups – raised more than $230,000 to support their activities during the four-day festival.
As the donations and fundraising totals were announced, Jeff Cuellar, Bonnaroo’s community relations manager, also announced an important shift in the application and grant-making timeline going forward. Interested organization are asked to submit proposals to www.bonnaroo.com/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund/ from Oct. 1, 2013, to Jan. 15, 2014, for funding awards to be distributed in May 2014. Going forward, the BWF will be taking applications in the fall and making grant awards in the spring.
The Bonnaroo Works Fund is generated from several sources. First, $1 from every ticket purchased to the festival is diverted to the fund. In addition, 100 percent of the entry fees ($5 per person) from last year’s inaugural 5K run went to the BWF as did proceeds from the onsite silent auction and the accompanying online auctions held throughout the year.