In August 2015, the Foundation started operations by awarding its first block of grants and producing its first fundraising benefit event, Skye Fest 2015, held in conjunction with the 2015 Houston 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP).
The Foundation awarded three grants of $500 each to 48HFP teams for the purpose of supporting production costs. Grant selection was competitive on the basis of artistic merit, need, and alignment with the charitable purpose of the Foundation. The three recipients and an honorable mention were as follows:
- Cinestar Interactive (Ibis Fernandez)
- Gin & Tonic (Gin Yu)
- Udhills Productions (Arvi Ragunathan)
- Honorable Mention: Films for Actors (Mark Baird)
In November 2015, the Foundation issued its second grant block, awarding one $500 grant to More Than Four Productions (Daniel Kleinpeter) to support production costs for their entry in the Four Points Film Project.
This grant recipient selection and distribution of funds were handled solely by the Skye McCole Bartusiak Foundation independently of and without input from 48HFP, Inc.