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Art and Social Justice Grant

Grants to New York City Nonprofits and Educational
Institutions to Promote Social Justice Through the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 Midnight Eastern Standard Time


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to increase access to arts programming in the five boroughs. Funding may be used to increase access to arts for broader audiences and to promote social justice and social change through the arts.

The Foundation is primarily committed to providing grants and programmatic support for:
- Access to art for a broad audience
- Art in the service of social justice
- Art in the service of social change and discourse
- Under-recognized artistic practice

The Foundation supports arts and cultural organizations through grants to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change and develop capacity for greater civic engagement. The Foundation is also interested in supporting organizations outside of the arts whose programs seek to engage communities through cultural activities.

Through its Art and Social Justice mission the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation fosters dialogue, encourages diversity, promotes education, and nurtures and empowers communities. Through an annual grants program the Foundation supports ethical artistic practice that aims to broaden access in the five boroughs of New York City.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171275

Estimated Size of Grant:

In recent years grants have ranged from $2,500 to $50,000; the Foundation is open to reviewing requests on a variety of scales.

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for projects taking place between January and December 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only organizations with tax-exempt status under US Internal Revenue Code, or those with qualifying fiscal sponsors, will be considered. Organizations must be active in the five boroughs of New York City.

Potential grantees must be organizations that supply one or more of the following to audiences:
- Arts education*
- Public art
- Art in community and service centers
- Artistic activism
- Community-based museums
- Art in the service of social justice or change
- Promotion of under-recognized/emerging artistic practice

*The Foundation’s grants to educational institutions are for direct program expenses only; as such, no part of such a grant can be used for overhead or indirect costs.

Funding will not be provided for the following:
- Grants to individuals
- Capital campaigns and building projects
- Endowment funds
- Scholarships or fellowships
- Fundraising activities
- Staff positions*
- Multi-year grants

* Please note that grant monies can be applied to salaries but the Foundation will not be the sole supporter of any single staff position

Pre-Application Information:

For project support, applicants should indicate matching funds that cover at least half of the project costs. General operating support requests should not exceed ten percent of overall operating costs.

- The annual open call for Applications goes live on April 5, 2018.
- Application forms for grants are available online from April 5 through September 14.
- The deadline for receipt of applications in 2018 will be midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on September 14.
- Applicants will be notified about the Foundation’s decision in January 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
17 West 17th St, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011
646-839-5905 (office)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: The Five Boroughs of New York City;   New York