BENEFIT, Loudoun’s coalition of local musicians and community leaders, kicks off its second year by announcing the availability of five grants each valued at $1,000. The money, raised during last fall’s concert, is available to Loudoun nonprofits through a creative and competitive application process. Applications are due April 12.
To qualify, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization that provides services to Loudoun residents. Applicants must complete an online form and submit a 30-second video that captures the essence of their mission and how they are making an impact in Loudoun. Grantees will be selected by a panel of BENEFIT volunteers, based on the content of the video, as well as the reach and impact of the nonprofit’s mission. The videos will then be shared by BENEFIT throughout the year on its social media platforms, to raise awareness and support for the nonprofit’s mission, and the greater mission of BENEFIT.
“The availability of these grants is a giant step forward for BENEFIT, toward the completion of one full cycle of our mission, which begins with our annual fundraising concert in September and ends with the awarding of grants to local nonprofits in May,” stated BENEFIT co-founder Ara Bagdasarian.
BENEFIT’s other co-founder Amy Bobchek added, “This is just the beginning. We foresee BENEFIT playing an enduring, impactful role in Loudoun’s reconciliation of its shortfall in charitable giving. We know Loudouners have the compassion, and we know they have means. They just need the awareness and a little push.”
BENEFIT (Bands Empowering Nonprofits with Engagement and Fundraising Improving Tomorrow) was formed in early 2017 on two premises: the belief that music has the power to unify and coalesce communities around positive action, and that a county like Loudoun, with tremendous wealth and privilege, has the power and responsibility to fully support its social service needs.
See the grant application and more instructions for submitting videos at benefit.live.