GRANT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURES
The Kulas Foundation uses Grant Application Forms for consideration of applications for grants. The applicants must complete and submit the proper application form before it will be submitted for consideration. There are three different forms of which two are for special requests; i.e., 1) Student Ticket Plan Requests and 2) Music Therapy Requests. The third form, "Application for Grant," is to be used for requests that do not fall into either of the special categories. Each form explains the information needed as well as designates the number of copies required. The applications should not include notebooks, binders or plastic folders.
The Trustees meet four times annually to consider grant applications. Generally these meetings are held in March, June, September and December, but these dates are subject to frequent changes. All applications for grants are acknowledged when received and the applicant is then informed at which meeting consideration will be given. All applicants are notified within two to three weeks after a meeting concerning the action taken by the Trustees. The deadline for each of the distribution meetings is approximately six weeks before the meeting. Application forms and information on meeting dates may be obtained by telephoning, or writing, to the Foundation:
The Kulas Foundation currently is not accepting applications from new grant seekers. That is, if you previously have not received a grant from the Foundation, you may not apply for a grant prior to December 31, 2009. Please visit our website again in January 2010 to determine if this policy has been changed.
Listed below are the general guidelines which the trustees consider in making grants. This list is not complete as the trustees may establish allocations of total distribution for certain categories of requests and, from time to time, may desire to emphasize certain types of grants. All guidelines are subject to change within the discretion of the trustees, who are wholly responsible for the distribution of the income and preservation of the assets of the Foundation.
B. STUDENT TICKET PLAN
C. MUSIC THERAPY
Throughout her life, Mrs. Kulas was fascinated with the beauty and power of music and became an early advocate 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.
The science and practice of music therapy has grown from its infancy of dreams to a profession of accomplishments. Annually, more and more dedicated and trained musicians choose to pursue a degree in music therapy from institutions of higher learning and become certified to practice music therapy. Some even receive master's and doctorate degrees. And annually, more of the professionals working in the medical, surgical, psychological, sociological and related fields are finding their patients can be helped by music therapists.
Following the death of Mrs. Kulas and until the early 1990's, the Foundation's support of music therapy generally took the form of grants assisting the establishment of new music therapy departments in a variety of institutions, or providing for research; one such project was to prove the positive value of music therapy in assisting juvenile offenders to regain meaningful direction of their lives.
Since 1990, the Foundation has concentrated support of music therapy in research grants. Under this current policy, meaningful research has been performed in the fields of 1) patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, 2) psychiatric patients suffering from schizophrenia, and 3) abused and abandoned children suffering attachment disorders. In each case, the research has uncovered increased value to be gained from properly applied music therapy. Four new research projects are underway: 1) music therapy with prematurely born infants, 2) music therapy in a hospice dealing with the homeless, 3) use of music therapy on patients suffering from severe burns and 4) music therapy with patients recovering from cardiac surgery or treatment.
To qualify for support of the Foundation, all research must:
The project leader must:
The Foundation was honored in 1996 with a Presidential Award from the National Association for Music Therapy for the Foundation's "support of the music therapy profession."
Before submitting an application, a full discussion of the research project should be held with the President of the Foundation.