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2019 Community Arts (CA) Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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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 local nonprofits and artists partnering with a nonprofit to support arts projects that benefit the local Bronx community. First-time applicants (and those who have not applied in the last two years) are required to attend a workshop. All projects must be community-based and open and accessible to the Bronx public.

Community Arts Grants may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings.

CAG aims to contribute to the cultural life of the borough through its support of community based, high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles.

Disciplines: dance; film/video/media; folk arts; interdisciplinary arts; literary arts; multi-disciplinary projects; music/opera; theater/drama/musical theater; visual arts/crafts.

BCA is committed to funding a diverse array of projects in geographic areas across the borough. The emphasis of these grants programs is on individual artists and arts organizations with an ability to articulate how their work uniquely contributes to the cultural life of the borough.

AFC, Arts Fund and CAG funding decisions are made by panels selected and trained by BCA. To create a fair and impartial environment, BCA selects panelists that represent a range of ethnicity, gender, age, neighborhoods, artistic medium and artistic style. Taking into account the specific goals or of each program, 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.

For purposes of BCA Grants, “community” can be defined as: geographic area; cultural, social, racial or socio-economic demographic; and/or artistic community. Competitive proposals indicate their distinction 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160876

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

All funded projects must take place in the Bronx between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Organizational applicants must:
- Provide proof of non-profit status,
- 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.

Additionally, eligible organizations:
-Did not apply directly to NY State Council on the Arts for funding for the Fiscal Year 2019

An individual artist or collective MUST apply for decentralization funds through a fiscal sponsor or apply directly if working in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization in the Bronx. Fiscal sponsors and community partners must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as an applicant organization and provide the same required documents listed above. A community-based nonprofit partner is required to provide a letter of commitment confirming the partnership with the applicant and outlining the scope of the partnership, i.e., venue/space, marketing support, community outreach, staff/admin support, etc.

NOTE: A community-based nonprofit partner must not be a direct NYSCA or CAG applicant.

Applicants are not eligible for BCA grants if:
-Received BCA grant in a previous year, but failed to submit a Final Report.
-Are under the age of 18 or a full-me student in a higher education program.
-Work or have a studio space in the Bronx, but live outside of the Bronx.
-Received funding from NYSCA or DCLA funds in the same fiscal year.
-Are a New York City public school district, New York City or State, agency or department, and/ or public college or university.

Funding cannot be provided for:
-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 s pends, 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 s pends to students.
-Administrative costs unrelated to the proposed project.
-Entertainment costs such as theater parties, food and drinks, receptions and fundraisers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of several “How To Apply” workshops, which will take place from July through September (schedule available at First-time applicants (and those who have not applied in the last two years) are required to attend a workshop.


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:

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

2019 BCA Community Engagement Grant Funding Cycle:

-July 2018: Community Engagement Grants (Bronx Arts Fund, 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.

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.

Contact Information:

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

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Apply Online:

Bryan E. Glover
718-931-9500 ex.22

BCA's Main Office:
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461-1486

P: 718-931-9500 x 21
F: 718-409-6445 fax

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Bronx ;   New York