In order to be eligible, an applicant organization must be an organization that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), and not a private foundation as described in IRC Section 509(a). An applicant must be in good standing with its state of incorporation and the Internal Revenue Service.
The Foundation requires all organizations applying for a SERVICE GRANT have two (2) letters of recommendation from CMA or CMA Foundation Board of Directors. Organizations may not exceed a request of more than $5,000.
The Foundation approves grants that will have a significant and lasting impact on a group as well as its community. A request needs to demonstrate a visible, apparent and immediate need and be consistent with the Foundation’s mission, to support causes important to the Country Music Association.
Programs Qualified For Funding Include:
- Organizations providing social services to those who have been unable to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community
- Improving people’s physical or emotional health
- Projects important to the Country Music Association (as identified by CMA)
Grant requests for general operating support are not eligible for consideration. Requests for start-up projects may be considered for new initiatives that address important, unmet community needs and that demonstrate a potential for ongoing operational support from other sources. Each organization should present strong financial documentation in their application.