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New Work (NW) Grant

Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #159314

Grant Description

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Grants of $2,500 to New York City artists in eligible regions for community-centered arts and cultural projects. Funding is intended to support projects that engage and involve the community. The purpose of this program is to enhance local cultural life by supporting community-based, high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles. Eligible disciplines include dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multidisciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, and visual arts/crafts. Applicants must be based in the Bronx.

An essential element of this funding is a community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project. This inclusion can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project.

New Work is designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity and to highlight the role of artists as important members of the community. These grants are intended to support creative (not interpretive) professional artists interested in working within a community setting. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual applicants must:
- Be residents of Bronx County. Proof of residency is required.

Applicants are not eligible for BCA grants if:
- They received a BCA grant in a previous year, but failed to submit a Final Report.
- They are under the age of 18, or a full-time student in a higher education program.
- They work or have a studio space in the Bronx, but live outside of the Bronx.
- They received funding from NYSCA in the same fiscal year.
- They are a public university or college, a public, private or parochial school, or a New York City or State agency or department.
- They are a Staff or Board member of BCA.

Funding cannot be provided for:
- General operating expenses or operating expenses of privately owned facilities, such as homes and studios.
- Activities intended only for an organization’s membership and that are not open to the public.
- Arts-in-Education programs/residencies that take place in a school during the school day and have no public component.
- Scholarships/fellowships, student stipends, regranting programs, or travel expenses outside NYC.
- Major equipment purchases, property or mortgage payments, or capital improvements such as building construction or renovation.
- Major expenditures for the establishment of a new organization.
- Cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, scholarships or other awards or stipends to students.
- Administrative costs unrelated to the proposed project.
- Entertainment costs such as theater parties, gallery and museum openings, receptions and fundraisers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Sessions. First-time applicants (and those who have not applied in the last two years) are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

2023 Community Engagement Grants Info Sessions Webinar: September 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM
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2023 Community Engagement Grants Info Sessions Webinar: September 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM
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2023 Community Engagement Grants Info Sessions Webinar: October 12, 2022 at 6:00 PM
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Pre-Application Information:

Funding Cycle:
- September 2022: Community Engagement Grants (Arts Fund, New Work, Community Arts) open 9/1.
- November 2022: Community Engagement Grant application deadline 11/21, at 11:59 PM.
- Nov/Dec 2022: BCA Grants staff prepare applications for panel meetings.
- January 2023: Panels convene; funding decisions made.
- March 2023: Notifications regarding funding decisions are sent to applicants via email.
- April 2023: Community Arts Celebration honoring the 2023 Community Engagement Grants grantees. Funds distributed.

It is recommended that applicants submit their applications early during the open application period. This will allow more time for correcting errors or supplying missing information before the application deadline.

Applicants may submit up to three requests per year between New Work (NW) and Community Arts (CA). Eligible applicants CANNOT apply to NW and CA for the same project. Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000. Eligible applicants can apply to New Work and Arts Fund for the same project.

Eligible applicants CAN apply to New Work and Arts Fund for the same project.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to four (4) individual artists will be awarded grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $2,500

Term of Contract:

Funded projects and programs must take place in the Bronx between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Bryan E. Glover | | 718-931-9500 ext.22, or
Dionne Norton-Dauxy | | 718-931-9500 ext. 12

Bronx Council on the Arts
2700 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 931-9500

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