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Creative Learning

Grants to New York City Nonprofits, Cooperatives, and
Artists for Community Enrichment and Education

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Funding Source:

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Conf. Date:

09/08/21

Deadline Date:

09/14/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $9,000 and in-kind support to New York City arts nonprofit organizations, collectives, and individual artists in eligible locations for community enrichment and education projects. First-time applicants must attend a webinar prior to submitting an application. This program supports projects serving communities from Inwood to the Battery. Public in-person activities of the project must be located in Manhattan. In the case of distance learning projects, outreach and recruitment plans must demonstrate reach to Manhattan-based participants.

Creative Learning is a 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 to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors. 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.

Funding is intended for artists and organizations that are not able to apply directly to the City and/or State for arts funding. Creative Learning offers the opportunity to access City, State, or both sources of funds by completing a single application. Creative Learning often provides the first grant that an applicant receives, which can help leverage additional support.

The program is accompanied by technical assistance to applicants, and networking and promotional opportunities for funded projects.

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. For Project Requirements, see page 5 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

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. Applicants whose work is rooted in the lived experience of Manhattan’s Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174473

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

This program supports projects taking place between January 1 – December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit Organizations:
Creative Learning supports nonprofit organizations that meet the following Core Eligibility Requirements:
- 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.
- Applicants may not be directly applying to LMCC’s Creative Engagement program for the same fiscal year.
- Applicants may not be directly applying for DCLA (GNYADF) or NYSCA (Statewide Community Regrants, formerly the Decentralization program) funds in another county/borough for the same fiscal year.

In addition, to access City funding:
- Organizations may not be directly receiving funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) for the same fiscal year.
- Organizations must have operating budgets under $100,000 for two of the last three completed fiscal years.
- Organizations may not be New York City agencies or departments.

To access State funding:
- Organizations may not be directly applying for funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for a grant for the same fiscal year, regardless of funding status.
- Organizations may not be directly applying to A.R.T./New York’s Opportunity to Create program for the same fiscal year.
- Organizations may not be New York State agencies or departments.

Individual Artists and Collectives:
Creative Learning supports individual artists, as well as collectives, project-based collaborations, and unincorporated groups that meet the following Core Eligibility Requirements:
- 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.
Note: The lead artist must be the primary entity responsible for the application, as well as the grant, if awarded. Guest artists or temporary programming staff will not be considered a lead artist for the application.
- Applicants may not be directly applying to LMCC’s Creative Engagement program for the same fiscal year.
- Applicants may not be directly applying for DCLA (GNYADF) or NYSCA (Statewide Community Regrants, formerly the Decentralization program) funds in another county/borough for the same fiscal year.

To access City funding:
- Individual artists and collectives need only meet the above Core Eligibility Requirements.
To access State funding:
- Individuals and collectives need to be collaborating with a nonprofit Partner Organization to realize the proposed project. If desired, the Partner Organization may also act as the artist’s fiscal sponsor. The Partner Organization must:
- Be a primary project collaborator and contribute resources, monetary, or otherwise, such as facilities, materials, or access to participants or audiences, to demonstrate a true partnership for the project.
- Be based in Manhattan.
- Provide proof of nonprofit status.
- Provide a letter of commitment describing the organization’s role and planned contributions to the project.
- Not be directly applying to New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for a grant for the same fiscal year.
- Not be a New York State agency or department.
- Individuals and collectives may not be directly applying to New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for a grant for the same fiscal year, regardless of funding status.
- Individuals and collectives may not be directly applying to A.R.T./New York’s Opportunity to Create program for the same fiscal year.

About Fiscal Sponsorship:
Individual artists and collectives may apply directly to Creative Learning without a fiscal sponsor. Those who wish to apply with a fiscal sponsor, please note:
- Applicants for City funding may apply with a fiscal sponsor of their choice.
- Applicants for State funding may only designate their partner organization as fiscal sponsor.

For Funding Restrictions, see page 6 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn what constitutes a well-prepared grant application and ask questions about LMCC's grants programs from LMCC staff.

Register for an information session webinar today at http://lmcc.net/RSVP

Attendance is required for first-time applicants.

Returning applicants who have previously attended a Creative Learning information session may participate in an information session webinar or access a recorded session.

Creative Engagement and Creative Learning Information Sessions:
- Monday, July 12, 4:00PM
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwudumqpjgvEteKaKLU8tb2gi8S9ee53qo8
- Wednesday, July 28, 3:00PM
This session presented in Mandarin Chinese.
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpcu2sqTsrGtPcjNR6T_QPP8HXwgnJHJcY
- Tuesday, August 10, 6:00PM
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqce6hpz8oEtBrDeBtH_ZzRlv-BIfmiDml
- Wednesday, September 8, 6:00PM
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpfu2sqzspE9VM15Ia442CgTuqSD5Rj_MD

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: September 14, 2021 at 5PM

Not sure if you are eligible for Creative Learning? Take LMCC’s 1-minute Eligibility Quiz at https://www.tfaforms.com/4744102.

Applicants will be notified by email in February 2022 whether their projects have been funded.

All applicants are required to provide a lesson plan in addition to a work sample as part of the 2022 Creative Learning Application. The sample lesson plan should demonstrate the proposed teaching methodologies or a previous relevant plan by the applicant or intended teaching artist(s). See Work Sample & Lesson Plan Instructions on page 8 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below for more information and guidance.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Form: https://lmcc.submittable.com/submit/194278/creative-learning-2022-application-form

If you have additional questions or technical issues please contact: Flannery Winchester, Program Associate, Grants & Services, 212-219-9401 ext. 119 or CreativeLearning@LMCC.net

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