Call for Grant Proposals for the 2016 Competition

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The planning has begun for the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Beard and Moustache Competition. In 2015, the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation raised more than $16,000, shared with the Gathering Friends and Friends, including Rare Breed, Ozarks Food Harvest, Harmony House, Isabel’s House, and O-STEAM. We have significantly increased our fundraising efforts each year, and are excited to begin the process of planning the 2016 competition, scheduled for April 16, 2016.

For the seventh annual competition in Springfield, we have decided to ask local organizations to submit proposals sharing why they are the best choice to receive the funds raised at this event. In order to apply, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit and must be local to Springfield or the surrounding area. Those are the only requirements for application. Both small and large organizations, as well as those that have previously benefited, will be considered.

If you’re chosen, you’ll receive your check in May, 2016. We would like to plan a follow-up interview with your organization in the fall of 2016, to tell our donors and contributors what you’ve done.

What We Need from You:
1. Who you are. Tell us about the history of your organization and introduce yourselves.
2. What you do. Share your mission and tell us who or what you help.
3. What you wish you could do. We understand that funding is an issue for every nonprofit. Share your plan if you’re the recipient of the funds from the 2016 competition. This might simply involve funding existing operations or might involve a new project.

You’re welcome to write a traditional grant proposal. If this doesn’t suit you, feel free to make us a video, write us a song or create an art project. Provide your submission via email to queencitybeards@gmail.com (if you would prefer to present your submission on paper, please let us know via email and arrangements will be made).

All submissions are due by September 15, 2015. The QCBMF e-board will review all submissions, choose the three best, and take those to the October meeting. At the meeting, all members will join us in selecting our 2016 charity. We will announce the beneficiary of the 2016 competition following the October meeting of QCBMF.

The 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Competition

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With great excitement, Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation would like to announce that we have set the date for the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Competition. Please join us at the 319 Event Center for a night of fun and fundraising on April 16, 2016. As always, we’ll have competitions for the kids, fake beards and moustaches and various categories for the gents with facial hair, from styled to au naturel.

This is the seventh annual QCBMF Beard and Moustache Competition. Each year, we’ve increased the amount raised for charity thanks to our members, competitors, and, most importantly, our generous sponsors. Please consider this the first official call for sponsors for the 2016 competition. Our sponsors make this all possible, and we appreciate it so much. This year, we would like to note that the official deadline for sponsors to be included in print materials for the competition is March 1, 2016. We’ll happily accept donations thereafter, but will not be able to include those sponsors on print materials. More specifics on sponsorship will follow after we’ve chosen our charity for 2016.

To choose a charity this year, we are asking local nonprofit organizations to provide us with a grant proposal, either in formal written form, or as a video or other artistic creation. The QCBMF e-board will narrow the choices, then take those to the membership as a whole in October 2015. We’ll be announcing our charity partner for the 2016 competition after the October QCBMF meeting.

Mark your calendars! As always, plan on a Friday night meet-and-greet, Saturday afternoon activities, and a Saturday night competition and after party. New this year is available childcare for the competition and a planned Sunday brunch.