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Grants to New York City Artists, Collectives, and Nonprofits for Community Arts Projects

Brooklyn Arts Fund (BAF)


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Funding Source
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York City: BrooklynNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/08/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City artists, arts collectives, and nonprofit organizations for arts projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects in the following genres: dance, film, theatre, visual arts and crafts, cultural heritage, interdisciplinary arts, music/opera, literary arts, and multi-disciplinary projects. Projects must take place in Brooklyn.

Funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, this money is for arts and cultural projects that contribute to creative experiences for audiences in Brooklyn. The best proposals share how the project will impact the cultural life of their audience and community.

The goal of the grant program is to empower Brooklyn’s artists, arts organizations, and audiences by supporting performances; exhibitions; pop-up galleries; workshops; reading series; festivals; public art; and more.

The Arts Council funds arts and culture projects with a public, community engagement component in all disciplines and styles, in all genres, all across the borough. The project needs to be open and accessible to a Brooklyn audience and/or community. Events can be free, ticketed, or donation-based. 

Competitive projects will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the BK community it strives to engage
  • Include a clear, realistic timeline that demonstrates the ability to complete the project to scope within the calendar year 2024
  • Detail engagement of experienced and appropriate personnel, including appropriateness of nonprofit partner
  • Share plans to promote the project
  • BAC strongly supports the payment of artist fees that are field and project appropriate. 

For additional guidelines, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Brooklyn-based individual artists, collectives, non-profits, and 501c3 organizations may apply.

Eligibility Guidelines:
- Brooklyn residents with proof of residence
- Individuals
- Nonprofit organizations or unincorporated groups (must designate one person to serve as primary contact if applying as a group or organization).

- Organizations with operating budgets over $100,000 for two of the last three fiscal years (FY21-23). These organizations should apply directly to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
- Organizations that have applied for funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for FY24.
- Organizations that have received City Council Member Discretionary Funding, contracted through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for FY24.

For basic ineligibility, see

For ineligible applicants, see

Pre-Application Information
- August - Sept. 2023: Info Sessions, Q & As
- October 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST: Applications Close
- February 2024: Funding Decisions & Award Notifications
- April 2024: Signed contracts due

Applicants may submit one BAF request per year.

Brooklyn Arts Council cannot be the sole funder for proposed projects. Please make sure to show that you can cover at least 10% of your project's expenses with funds or support from other sources (either cash or in-kind).

Info Session Recordings:


Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Projects must be in the calendar year 2024 (January - December)

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Eligibility check:

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Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at

Brooklyn Arts Council
20 Jay Street, Suite 616
Brooklyn, NY 11201 — 718.625.0080

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