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Responsive Grant - Performing Arts

Grants to New York Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations
for Activities in the Areas of Theatre, Dance, and Music

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cullen Foundation

Conf. Date:

07/14/21

LOI Date:

07/23/21

Deadline Date:

08/27/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit performing arts organizations in eligible communities for activities in the areas of theatre, dance, and music. Applicants must contact the funding source and submit an LOI prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used for capital projects, general operating support, program support, and capacity building support. Eligible projects are those that benefit Erie County.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166665

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000 per year (for a $300,000 total maximum). Receiving the maximum $100,000/year request amount is rare.

Term of Contract:

Organizations may apply for one, two, or three years of funding. Multi-year grants are made only when the Foundation believes the multi-year nature of the request is essential to the project's success.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cullen Foundation has the following eligibility criteria for all applicants:

- The organization is a 501(c)(3).
- The organization MUST submit audited or reviewed financials prepared by a CPA for its most recently completed fiscal year. This is Cullen's requirement and is not related to NYS requirements.
- Erie County is the primary geographic service area. Performing arts organizations outside of Erie County may apply if they can demonstrate their service to Erie County residents through valid audience participation data.
- The request fits within Cullen Foundation’s performing arts focus area.

Requests for the following will not be considered:

- Arts education programs
- Sponsorships including galas, fundraising events, conferences, and travel opportunities
- Programs and events with a performing arts component that are hosted by organizations that are not members of the performing arts sector
- Activities of organizations serving primarily their own membership

Funding Restrictions:

- No funding received will be used for partisan political activity.
- No funding received will be used for expenses already incurred.
- No funding will overlap with an existing grant from the Cullen Foundation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

July 1-14th, 2021: All applicants must schedule a phone call with Cullen staff prior to submitting an LOI. This phone call will indicate your organization's intent to apply and provide an overview of the program for which you are applying.

Pre-Application Information:

The Cullen Foundation runs two open grant cycles each year. The winter responsive grant cycle begins in January and the summer responsive grant cycle begins in July.

Timeline:
- July 1st, 2021: Letter of Intent (LOI) stage opens. LOI's are accepted on a rolling basis between July 1st and July 23rd. Once an LOI is approved, the applicant may proceed to the Full Application phase. Cullen Foundation strongly encourages early submissions so that each request may receive adequate time for review.
- July 23rd, 2021: LOI phase closes at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified within 1 week whether they advance to the Full Application phase.
- August 27, 2021: Deadline for full applications at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
- October 2021: Cullen Foundation will notify applicants of grant decisions.
- December 2021: Payment will be distributed to grantees.

Grantee Resources and FAQs: https://www.thecullenfoundation.org/grantee-resources

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=thecullenfoundation

Cullen Foundation
250 Delaware Avenue, Suite 820
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-800-4280

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