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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. But singing is rapidly becoming a spectator sport. Schools and communities cannot address this crisis alone. We can become powerful partners by becoming strong advocates 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.

The Society’s vision encourages a wide variety of outreach activities — not only youth outreach — as well as funding innovative approaches to urgent Society priorities. Our application process also ensures maximum impact per dollar spent, and makes it easier to acquire additional local funding.

Applications will be accepted February 1-28, 2017, for projects occurring from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
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Our grant program will focus resources to create powerful impact

Harmony Foundation International continues to support and grow its substantial annual support of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s outreach efforts. 

To effectively expand the reach or our grant activities, we’ve implemented an industry-standard, 100% online 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

We now support a broader range of outreach

The Society's new vision extends far beyond traditional youth outreach. Relevance in your communities means making a difference.

  • Adult outreach — all age groups, from recent college graduates to seniors; as members, fellow singers, and audiences
  • Community outreach — building partnership with other musical organizations and underserved populations, age groups, income levels, and ethnicities
  • Youth outreach — through camps, workshops, festivals and scholarships
  • Education– supporting school music programs and support for educators themselves
  • Supporting community-based choral initiatives and community singing
  • Support of the chapter purpose areas in the Society bylaws
  • Leveraging BHS funding to obtain additional local funding

Different grant types respond to different needs 

Innovation Grants

Projects that promote out-of-the-box thinking based on selected outcomes:

  • Helping music educators improve the vitality and impact of their choral music programs.
  • Helping young men become stronger leaders in their schools, communities and families
  • Using a cappella singing as an effective, positive intervention for key groups, including: At-risk youth in underserved communities, Veterans and wounded warriors,Alzheimer’s patients
  • Helping BHS artistic and music directors improve their artistic and leadership skills.
  • Building capacity of BHS chapters to improve their outreach and recruitment efforts.
  • Establishing singing as a core community asset.

Applications will not be funded more than 80% of the Project Expenses

Outreach Vision Grants

Grants for external outreach projects such as such as promoting singing among all ages, local choral music programs, and expansion of singing in under-served areas of your community. Although we anticipate funding grants primarily ranging from $500 to $20,000 in this category, we encourage you to submit a grant budget that is realistic for delivering the outcomes you are proposing.

  • Detailed application process; intensive review; meaningful reporting of key outcomes; and commitment to future mentorship of other chapters. This will ensure realistic goals, better planning, and better sharing of success stories and lessons learned for future projects
  • Award may not exceed 80% of project expenses
  • Applicants strongly encouraged to use the information gathered for Vision Grants to apply for additional local grants

Become familiar with the application process 


Applications will be accepted February 1-28, 2017, for projects occurring from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
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Granting Policies

Applications will be accepted February 1-28, 2017, for projects occurring from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Qualifying Projects

Application will not be accepted:

  • If project has already been completed or is being carried out before June 1, 2017 or after May 1, 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, 2017

  • If you would like more information about the review team qualifications, you are welcome to view them here.
  • If you would like to recommend a review team member email outreach@barbershop.org
  • Executive Review occurs April 1, 2017
  • Decisions are announced by May 1, 2017

Awarded Applications

  • Post-Project Report is due 60 days after your project is complete. This report will be made available on February 1st, 2016
  • 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.

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 Ashley Torroll at outreach@barbershop.org

Application Tools

Applications will be accepted February 1-28, 2017, for projects occurring from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
Begin the application


Budget Sample (Excel or PDF formats)

Downloadable question templates (Word format)

Vision Grants

Innovation Grants

 Applicants must be chartered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States. Canadian applicants may contact Sing Canada Harmony at singcanadaharmony@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