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Grants for Making A Difference

Grants for Making A Difference

Our Outreach Grants program supports community music activities

The Barbershop Harmony Society can be your partner in having a greater impact in your community

Singing has power — the power to make individuals and communities healthier and happier. Singing, however, is rapidly becoming a spectator sport. Schools and communities cannot address this crisis alone. We can become powerful partners by advocating alongside the talented sea of vocal music educators and conductors. Outreach is about working with others to promote the power of singing — singing anything — while increasing your visibility and influence within your community.


Applications are now being reviewed. Check back in January for updated guidelines for projects occurring from June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019.
Applications open February 1, 2018.

For 2018, our grant program focuses on youth outreach

Through the Harmony Foundation’s generous annual support of the Barbershop Harmony Society, we are able to provide grant opportunities that will affect powerful community impact.

To effectively expand the reach or our grant activities, we’ve implemented an industry-standard grant request and review process that will better help you:

  • Design more visionary and higher impact outreach activities
  • Become better leaders in your community by uncovering your chapter/district’s identity and purpose
  • Create grant requests that have an improved chance at receiving additional local funding


Application Tools

Prepare your answers to application questions before the window opens. Any questions? Email outreach@barbershop.org.

Youth Outreach Application

Sample Budget

Granting Policies

Applications will be accepted February 1, 2018, for projects occurring from June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019.

Qualifying Projects

Application will not be accepted:

  • If project has already been completed or is being carried out before January 1, 2018 or after December 31, 2018
  • If a project awarded in the prior year did not submit a Post-Project Report within 60 days of project completion

Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization - IRS Determination Letter is required in application.

Awards will not exceed 80% of total project expenses.

Projects must be barbershop or a cappella related.

Applications are then reviewed by the review team March 1-31, 2018, and decisions are announced by April 1, 2018.

Awarded Applications

  • Post-Project Report is due 60 days after your project is complete. 
  • All forms and reports will be completed online.
  • Funds will be sent to the current treasurer of the chapter or district. No exceptions can be made.
  • 501(c)3 awarded applicants will need to identify qualified payee to in the Grant Award Acceptance form.
  • Projects which involve youth participation are required to have their staff be certified through our Youth Protection Training.
  • Should the project as described in the application not take place, written notification must be sent to outreach@barbershop.org.
    • If the award is already received it must be returned to the Barbershop Harmony Society within 30 days.

Declined Applications

You will receive a Review Summary which includes the reasoning for declining the application and review team comments to help you in future applications.

The Primary Contact will be our main source of communication.  Be sure to communicate with them these Grant Policies so they are fully aware of the responsibilities in case of the Primary Contact’s absence.

If the Primary Contact needs to be updated, contact outreach@barbershop.org 

Reporting tools

Please contact outreach@barbershop.org for information on follow-up reporting

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of Grants FAQs