Grant Guidelines

Please contact the Foundation offices to determine the eligibility of your organization or to obtain current grant application forms and instructions for submitting them. This is especially important if your organization has not received a grant from us in the past as we accept a very limited number of new applicants each year.

The Board of Trustees customarily meets four times annually to consider grant requests. The current schedule for submitting grant applications follows. All meeting dates are subject to change.

2018 Meetings Deadlines
MarchWednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm
JuneWednesday, March 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
SeptemberWednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm
NovemberWednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm
March 2019Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

All grant applications are acknowledged in writing when received, and the applicant is informed of the meeting at which the Trustees will consider it. Applicants typically are notified of the disposition of their grant within two weeks of the meeting.


Who and What We Fund

  • 501(c) (3) tax-exempt corporations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Nonprofit organizations and institutions within Cuyahoga County, Ohio and, to a lesser extent, its contiguous counties
  • Programs and services
  • Select capital campaigns
  • Music therapy research

Who and What We Do Not Fund

  • Individuals or for-profit corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations outside of Northeast Ohio
  • Local chapters of national nonprofit organizations
  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction or elimination
  • Program related investments or loans
  • Salaries or other forms of compensation for staff or independent contractors
  • Special events sponsorships or the purchase of tickets or tables


  • Grants must be expended in accordance with the request as approved by the Board of Trustees. Funds not spent in that manner must be returned to the Foundation.
  • The Foundation has the right at any time to postpone, reschedule or cancel grant payments if there is a substantive change in the condition of the grant recipient, such as changes to its financial condition, tax or legal status, management or governance.
  • The Foundation rarely publicizes its grants and expects that grant recipients will consult with us before doing so.
  • All guidelines are subject to change with the discretion of the Trustees, who are wholly responsible for the preservation of the Foundation endowment bequeathed by Mr. and Mrs. Kulas and for the distribution of income from the endowment.

Regular Grants
The Trustees of the Kulas Foundation have a strong preference for funding the direct costs of programs and services that are closely related to the applicant’s mission, and they are less inclined to provide general operating support. The amount requested should represent an equitable share of the total budget with similar support provided by other foundations or sources of funding. Additionally, requested amounts should be in line with an organization’s recent history of grants.

In considering requests for capital campaigns, the Trustees look closely at how the project will impact the organization and the community which it serves. That is, how will the project help the organization to better fulfill its mission and what will be the benefit for the community that it serves.

Qualified nonprofit organizations can obtain a grant application form by contacting the Foundation offices.

Student Ticket Program
Each year, the Foundation awards small grants to local colleges and universities exclusively for the purpose of providing their students with free tickets to the performing arts in Northeast Ohio. The grant recipient is responsible for the selection of events and for the purchase and distribution of tickets. Qualified institutions of higher learning that do not already participate in the program may obtain additional information by contacting the Foundation offices.

Music Therapy Research
Throughout her life, Mrs. Kulas was fascinated with the beauty and power of music and became an early advocate of the science of music therapy. Before her death in 1957, she helped establish the Department of Music Therapy at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She would be rightfully proud of what that department has accomplished in assisting individuals in need of such therapy and in the training and certification of music therapists.

Following her death and through the early 1990’s, the Foundation helped to establish new music therapy departments at various institutions and funded research in the science of music therapy as medicine. Today, the Foundation concentrates its support of music therapy in research grants.

Kulas Foundation music therapy research projects typically are conducted in a clinical or therapeutic environment such as a hospital, hospice or residential treatment center and under the auspices of a licensed music therapist. All requests for music therapy research grants are reviewed by the Foundation’s consulting music therapists. Their recommendation is required for further consideration by the Board of Trustees.

Music therapy research grants are made for only for direct program costs and for fees for work specific to the research project. The Foundation does not fund overhead cost, honorariums, or fees or expenses not directly related to the research project. The grant application requires both a detailed budget narrative and an itemized budget worksheet for all income and expenses associated with the project. The worksheet must include agency in-kind service, the amount of the request for the year(s) of the proposed project, and the total dollar amount of the request.

Prospective applicants should contact Nancy McCann or Lori Louche via email to obtain a copy of the completed guidelines for Music Therapy grants.