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Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation

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Mission

To perpetuate Miss Bergen’s love of classical music and support of musical education by providing grants for musical performing arts and musical education.
Application deadlinesApril 10 or August 15
Program areasArts, culture, and humanities
Education
States servedNew Jersey
New York
Program limitationsMusic education
Geographic limitationsThere are no geographic limitations; however, the trust has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in New York and New Jersey.
TrusteesWells Fargo Bank, N.A.
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC
The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education.

Requirements

  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Grantmaking priorities

Preference will be given to requests for the following:
  • Arrange for musical entertainment, concerts, and recitals appropriate for the education and instruction of the public in the musical arts. Paramount consideration, however, is given to traditional classical music programs
  • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education
  • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $20,000
Average number of grants per year: 26

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 10 to be reviewed at the grant meeting in May and August 15 to be reviewed in October.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC

About the Foundation

The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation was created in 1983 pursuant to the wishes expressed by their only daughter, Charlotte V. Bergen (1898 – 1982) of Bernardsville, New Jersey. During her lifetime, Charlotte Bergen had the distinction of sharing the works of the masters by presenting and conducting over fifty concerts of fine, traditional music in Carnegie Hall, to which the music-loving public was invited free of charge. In 1981, Ms. Bergen donated her rare 1701 Servais Stradivarius Cello to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is maintained in the Hall of Musical Instruments. The foundation perpetuates Miss Bergen’s love of classical music and support of musical education by providing grants for musical performing arts and musical education.
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC