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Responsive Grant - Performing Arts

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Programs and
Performances in the Areas of Theater, Dance, and Music

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Cullen Foundation

Conf. Date:

01/22/21

LOI Date:

01/29/21

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit performing arts organizations in eligible locations for activities in the areas of theater, dance, and music. Interested applicants must contact the Foundation staff and submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist nonprofits that focus on community performances by supporting programs, operating expenses, capital projects, and capacity building. Funded projects must 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

No funding received will be used for partisan political activity.

No funding received will be used for expenses already incurred.

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:
- January 1, 2021: Letter of Intent (LOI) stage opens. LOI's are accepted on a rolling basis between January 1st and January 29th. 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.

- January 1-22, 2021: All applicants must schedule a phone call with Cullen staff prior to submitting an LOI

- January 29, 2021: LOI phase closes at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified within 1 week whether they advance to the Full Application phase.

- February 26, 2021: Deadline for full applications at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

- April 2021: Cullen Foundation will notify applicants of grant decisions.

- June 2021: Payment will be distributed to grantees.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=thecullenfoundation

Nick Schifano
Grants Manager
716-247-5316
nschifano@thecullenfoundation.org

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

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