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Artists for Community Enrichment and Education

Creative Learning Grant Program

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Conf. Date:

09/07/22

Deadline Date:

09/13/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and in-kind support to New York City nonprofit arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists for community enrichment and education projects in eligible locations. First-time applicants must attend a webinar prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects that benefit communities from Inwood to the Battery. Applicants whose work is rooted in the lived experience of Manhattan’s Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 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.

Emphasis is placed on the 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. 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.

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.

For Project Requirements, see page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

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 $10,000.
- 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, 2023.

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 5 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants and returning applicants who have not attended an information session in 2019 or later are required to attend an interactive information session webinar.

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

Creative Engagement and Creative Learning Information Sessions:
Wed., July 20, 2022, 6 - 8 pm
RSVP: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkfu2gqzorGNzDYstuj3RH_Bs1B8K46HEM

Monday, August 1, 2022, 3 - 5 pm
This session is presented in Mandarin Chinese.
RSVP at http://bit.ly/2023-Mandarin-Session

- Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 - 6:00PM
RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdu2oqzIvGNBIo9_xWvjLhwPDPt2LDXkq

- Wednesday, September 7, 6:00PM
RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlf-CsqzIpHtFoRW5-mvZzezGN_rjiEi_Z

Pre-Application Information:

2023 Grant Cycle Timeline
- Information sessions: July – September 2022
- Application deadline: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 5 pm
- Jury review process1: January 2023
- Applicant notification: February 2023
- Applicant feedback period: February – March 2023
- Grantee contracting: March 2023
- Grant payments: April 2023
- Grantee projects: January 1 – December 31, 2023

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

The work sample and lesson plan are important elements of your application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide documentation from within the last four years that demonstrate experience working in a learning context. See Work Sample & Lesson Plan Instructions on page 7 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://bit.ly/3Ozc4oP

Direct questions to CreativeLearning@LMCC.net

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038

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