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Creative Learning

Grants to New York City Artists, Artist Collectives, and Nonprofits
for Community Arts Education Programs Serving Manhattan Residents

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

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Deadline Date:

09/10/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $1,000 to New York City individual artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit organizations for community arts education and enrichment programs in Manhattan. First-time applicants are required to attend an information session prior to applying. The grant program designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming for youth, adults, and/or seniors. The program is accompanied by technical assistance to applicants, and networking and promotional opportunities for funded projects.

The program aims to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led, age and skills appropriate instruction outside of the school setting, as well as education-based approaches to participatory arts projects. Emphasis is placed on quality and depth of the creative process through which participants learn through and about the arts. Creative Learning strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

How Creative Learning Works
Creative Learning supports projects that draw on arts education practices to engage participants in the creation and interpretation of artistic works. Funding is provided for sequential, skill-based arts study and participatory arts projects that take place in accessible community-based settings such as afterschool programs, senior centers and community centers, in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery. Competitive projects will demonstrate an in-depth artistic learning experience, thoughtful project planning, and appropriate learning goals and activities for the age ranges served.

The program encourages individual teaching artists to collaborate with community-based partners to develop arts programming to reach shared goals. Partnership projects should be conceived, planned, and implemented by teaching artists and administrators working together to utilize resources. Competitive projects will demonstrate the Partner Organization’s strong commitment to the arts through cash and other means of project support.

Projects may, but are not required to, culminate in a public event or finished product such as an exhibition, performance, or presentation. LMCC encourages projects that feature opportunities for familial and community involvement.

For a detailed list of project requirements, see page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174473

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants eligible for City funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for State funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for City and State funds may apply for up to $9,000.
- If awarded, no grants will be made for less than $1,000.

State funding applicants may request an allocation of up to $200 (as part of the total funding request) to attend professional development workshops, training seminars and/or conferences focusing on best practices in arts education (curriculum development, classroom management and evaluation, etc.).

Term of Contract:

This program supports projects taking place between January 1 – December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual Artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit organizations may apply.

Nonprofit Organizations:

- Organizations must be based in Manhattan.
- Organizations must have proof of nonprofit status.
- Organizations must have a core artistic mission and/or history of arts programming.
- Organizations may not be New York State or City agencies or departments.

Individual Artists and Collectives:

- Individual artists must be based in Manhattan.
- Individual artists may not apply or receive funds on behalf of any organization.
- Collectives must designate a lead artist (director, or equivalent), who meets all eligibility requirements for individual artists, to apply as an individual on its behalf.

For additional requirements and eligibility limitations, and for a list of Funding Restrictions, see pages 3-4 in the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

See page 5 of the Guidelines for funding restrictions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions will help applicants learn what constitutes a well-prepared grant application and will enable them to ask staff members questions about the LMCC grant program. Attendance is required for first-time applicants and returning applicants who have not attended a Creative Learning information session.

For the full Information schedule, see:

An Information Session for Creative Learning applicants will take place on Tuesday, August 6, 4:00 PM at The Creative Center at University Settlement, 273 Bowery, New York, NY. This session is designed for applicants interested in receiving specific guidance and in-depth review of Creative Learning’s guidelines.
To register:

Information Sessions for Creative Learning applicants (together with Creative Engagement applicants) will take place as follows:

- Thursday, July 18, 6:30PM - Baruch Mishkin Gallery, 135 E 22nd Street
To register:
- Monday, July 22, 3:00PM - Chinese American Arts Council, 456 Broadway #3
To register:
- Monday, July 29, 4:00PM - La MaMa – La Galleria, 47 Great Jones St
To register:
- Tuesday August 13, 6:30PM - The Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th St
To register:
- Tuesday, August 20, 4:00PM - The Tank, 312 W 36th St
To register:
- Wednesday, September 4, 6:30PM - LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th floor
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Pre-Application Information:


- Information sessions: July-Sept 2019
- Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
- Jury review process: Dec 2019
- Applicant notification: Feb 2020
- Applicant feedback period: Feb-March 2020
- Grantee contracting: March 2020
- Grant payments: April 2020
- Grantee projects: Jan 1-Dec 31, 2020

Take the Eligibility Quiz (see below) to determine your eligibility. This quiz is designed as an aid to you, to help you determine whether you are eligible for the grant program.

Information sessions are offered in locations across Manhattan for artists, groups, and non-profit organizations interested in applying to the grant program. First-time applicants to the program are required to attend. For further details, see Pre-Proposal Conference above.

Applicants may not be directly applying to LMCC's Creative Engagement program for the same fiscal year.

Applicants may only submit one proposal requesting support for one project.

Eligibility Quiz:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For questions or technical issues, contact:

Flannery Winchester, Program Assistant, Grants & Services
212-219-9401 ext. 119

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 219-9401

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