The DeKalb County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs and organizations supporting music and music education in the greater DeKalb County area through August 31, 2015. Interested applicants should contact George Buck, Advisor of the Farny R. Wurltizer Foundation Fund, at [email protected] for more information.
“The Farny R. Wurltizer Foundation Fund was created to support music education programs and enhance the musical arts in and beyond DeKalb County, while at the same time honoring the unique history the Wurlitzer Company played within our community and around the world,” stated Zurbrugg. “This investment in support of music and music education will benefit DeKalb County for generations.”
The Wurlitzer Company, established in 1856 and operating through the mid 1980’s, was an international piano and organ manufacturer with headquarters in DeKalb, Illinois. Farny R. Wurlitzer and his wife established the Wurlitzer Foundation in the 1940s to further music education and performance around the Midwest. In 2012, the Wurlitzer Foundation Board of Directors converted its operations to a donor advised fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
To be eligible, grant applicants must be a nonprofit or educational organization promoting music or music education. Grants are made for general program support and specific projects. Grant requests will be reviewed and awarded by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Advisers, under the direction of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. During 2014, $237,445 in Wurlitzer Foundation grants was distributed throughout the Midwest including $38,250 to DeKalb County organizations.
“We are pleased to be working with the DeKalb County Community Foundation to ensure that this enduring resource designed to support music and music education throughout DeKalb County will be available forever” added Buck.
The mission of the DeKalb County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County by proactively addressing community needs and expanding, managing, and distributing philanthropic resources. We are committed to excellence by abiding to the four main elements of Endowments & Donor Services, Stewardship, Grantmaking and Community Initiatives. For more information visit www.dekalbccf.org.