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Grants to New York City Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Local Arts Projects

Community Arts (CA) Grants

Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160876

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for local arts projects. Funding is intended to support literary, performing, visual, and media arts projects to benefit local residents. All projects must be community-based and open to the general public. Organizations and activities must be based in the Bronx.

Community Arts (CA) grants support local arts projects, programs, and activities that enable Bronx communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Projects and programs may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings. 

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

COVID-19 exception: Due to challenges faced by many dealing with the continuing repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, BCA will allow the following budget expenses for all Community Arts funded projects and programs for the 2023 grant year:

  • Materials and expendable equipment that does not exceed $1000 (consumable goods, e.g., thumb drives; sheet music, lamps, lighting gel, etc.)
  • Equipment, including software; subscriptions; and training related to the creation and promotion of virtual programming, is allowable.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local nonprofit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists or collectives must apply either through a Bronx-based fiscal sponsor or in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization based in the Bronx.

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.

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.

Direct NYSCA applicants cannot be fiscal sponsors or partnering organizations, nor apply for Community Arts funding.

Ineligible requests:

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 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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2023 Community Engagement Grants Info Sessions Webinar: October 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM
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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Extended to November 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

2023 BCA Community Engagement Grant 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.
- 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 Community Arts (CA) and New Work (NW). Eligible applicants cannot apply to CA and NW for the same project or program. Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000.

Eligible applicants can apply to Community Arts and Arts Fund for the same project or program.

COVID-19 exception: Due to challenges faced by many dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, BCA will waive the 25% requirement for all funded projects and programs for the 2023 grant year.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Range: $1,000 to $5,000

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:

For questions, contact:
Bryan E. Glover
718-931-9500 ext.22

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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