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2019 Arts Fund Program

Grants to New York City Arts Nonprofits, Artists,
and Collectives for High-Quality Arts Projects in the Bronx

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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 ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to New York City arts nonprofits, artists, and artists collectives with small operating budgets to support high-quality arts activities that contribute to the local cultural life in the Bronx . First-time applicants must attend a workshop before applying.

Arts Fund (AF) aims to develop Bronx artists and small arts organizations through its support of high quality arts projects that engage Bronx audiences in a diverse array of artistic works in all disciplines, genres and styles.

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is committed to funding a diverse array of projects throughout the Bronx. The emphasis of Arts Fund is on individual artists, artist collectives and arts organizations with an ability to articulate how their work uniquely contributes to the cultural life of the borough.

Panels recommend a level of funding according to the following 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 Arts Fund 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#: 160875

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

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:

Bronx-based individual artists, artist collectives and 501c3 arts organizations with an organizational budget below $100,000 are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 that contribute to the cultural life of the borough. Individual Bronx residents and artist collectives do not need a fiscal sponsor; they may apply directly to this program.

Organizations that are receiving direct funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in fiscal year 2019 cannot apply for Arts Fund, but can serve as fiscal sponsors, provided the proposed project is NOT in collaboration with the fiscal sponsor.

Basic eligibility for BCA grants:

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

Organizational applicants must:

- Be based in the Bronx with a Bronx address,
- Have existed for at least one year, and
- Show proof of non-profit status and have an active board of directors.

Eligible organizations MUST:

Provide one of the following forms of proof of non-profit status:
- Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 letter.
- Charter from Board of Regrants under Section 216 of the NY State Education Law.
- Current NY State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt.
- Certificate of Incorporation under S. 402 of the NY State Not-For-Profit Law.

- Have a current Bronx street address.
- Have an active Board of Directors.
-Not be recipients of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs funding for Fiscal Year 2019

An individual artist or collective 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.

Apply Online:

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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