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2019 New Work (NW) Grant

Grants to New York City Artists in the
Bronx for Community-Based Arts Projects

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Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

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Deadline Date:

10/31/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to New York City artists based in the Bronx to create new work that will be performed or exhibited in a community setting. First-time applicants must attend a workshop before applying. Innovative projects that address the concept of community will be given preference.

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.

Competitive proposals will identify the community the artist plans to work with and the methods they will use to reach and include that audience.

Panels recommend a level of funding according to the following equally important criteria:

- Artistic merit of the proposed project.
- Overall quality and clarity of application narrative and budget.
- Demonstrated audience and community benefit to be derived from the project.
- Non-duplication of similar existing programming, geographic area, and/or community served.
- Clearly defined ability to successfully complete the project.

The New Work process is highly competitive. Applicants are expected to address each one of these criterion throughout their proposal.

For purposes of this grant, “community” can be defined as: geographic area; cultural, social, racial or socio-economic demographic; and/or artistic community. Competitive proposals often illustrate their uniqueness and innovation within the borough.

“Community support and interest” and “audience benefit” can be demonstrated by: applicant’s ability to define the audience and clearly articulate how the audience will benefit from the proposed project; community partnerships/collaborations; production/exhibition history; and/or audience/collaborator numbers and demographics.

Bronx Council on the Arts Community Engagement Grants aim to contribute to the cultural life of the borough through their support of community-based, high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles. Disciplines include: dance; film/video/media; folk arts; interdisciplinary arts; literary arts; multidisciplinary projects; music; opera; theater; visual arts/crafts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159314

Number of Grants:

Up to Four (4) Individual Artists

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $2,500

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place in the Bronx between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, and be open and accessible to the public.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual applicants must be residents of Bronx County. Proof of residency is required.

An individual artist must provide one of the following forms of proof of Bronx residency (with same address as that of the application):

- NYS Driver’s license
- New York State or New York City ID
- Voter Registration Card
- Mortgage, rent receipt or lease agreement
- Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
- Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial
information blacked out)
- NYS or Federal tax return

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:

BCA will offer 6 “How to Apply” Workshops in July, August and September. First time applicants (and those who have not applied in the last two years) are required to attend a workshop.

How-To-Apply Workshops

How to Apply - General Grant Tips | All Grants
Saturday, August 11th | 02:00pm - 03:30pm
Morris Park Library
985, Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

How to Apply - General Grant Tips | All Grants
Tuesday, August 21st | 05:00pm - 06:30pm
Mott Haven Library
321 E. 140th Street
Bronx, NY 10454

How to Apply - General Grant Tips | All Grants
Tuesday, September 11th | 05:00pm - 06:30pm
Parkchester Library
1985 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM

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.

2019 BCA Community Engagement Grant Funding Cycle:

- July 2018: Community Engagement Grants (Arts Fund, Bronx New Work, Community Arts) open 7/13.
- October 2018: Community Engagement Grant application deadline 10/31
- November 2018: BCA Grants staff prepare applications for panel meetings.
- Dec 2018/Jan 2019: Panels convene; funding decisions made.
- March 2019: Notifications regarding funding decisions are sent to applicants via email.
- April 2019: Community Arts Celebration honoring the 2019 Community Engagement Grants grantees. Funds distributed.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

For additional information about the Community Arts Grant guidelines, e-mail

Contact Bronx Council On The Arts by phone:

Postal Address:
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461-1486

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Bronx;   New York