Bonnaroo Grants Extension


Manchester, Tenn. -- Jan. 09, 2014 -- Administrators of the Bonnaroo Works Fund announced today that the application deadline for 2014 grants has been extended until March 15. Established in 2002, the Bonnaroo Works Fund supports arts, education and environmental nonprofit organizations as well as a variety of community initiatives. To date, more than $5 million has been awarded by fund administrators; last year's award grants totaled more than $350,000.

For 2014, the Bonnaroo Works Fund adopted a new timeline for funding, and administrators decided to extend the deadline to give worthy organizations time to prepare their entries.

"This is a busy time of year, and we want interested organizations to have enough time to put together their information," said Nina Miller, executive director of the BWF. "We encourage qualifying non-profits to share their goals and needs, and we look forward to making a significant impact on those that are the best fit for the Bonnaroo Works Fund."

Organizations interested in applying for 2014 support are asked to submit proposals ( Grants will be announced in May 2014.

The BWF receives funding from several sources. First, $2 from every ticket purchased to the festival is directed to the Fund. The BWF is also bolstered by 100 percent of the entry fees ($5 per person) from the Bonnaroo 5K Run and all proceeds from the onsite silent auction and online auctions held throughout the year. Bonnaroo supporters also make online donations and volunteer their time and resources for special projects before and after the festival.

Bonnaroo Works Fund is a component of the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which administers the fund. An independent panel of judges selects recipients based on need, mission and the specific use of funding.

Internationally acclaimed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was conceived in 2002 and is among the top events in the world, hosting an annual four-day spread reaching over 80,000 spectators with 150 performances on 10+ stages. The popular festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., is held every summer in June and has served as a launching pad for music artists including Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Robert Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, and many others. For more information, visit

The Bonnaroo Works Fund, which began in 2009 with the help of the East Tennessee Foundation, identifies organizations seeking financial assistance and focuses its efforts on distributing funds where they will have the most impact. Over the past 10 years, Bonnaroo, with the help of ticket proceeds, the generosity of fans, and vendors participating in fundraising opportunities, has donated over $5million dollars to local, regional and national charities and organizations. The Bonnaroo Works Fund continues to support programs invested in the arts, education and environmental sustainability with special emphasis on local re-investment and asset building felt most strongly in its Middle Tennessee home.

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