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Variety the Children’s Charity of New York 2016 Grant

Grants to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
Nonprofits for Art Programs Benefiting Local Children

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Foundation / Corporation

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Variety the Children’s Charity of New York

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Deadline Date:

11/21/16 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut nonprofits for art programs benefitting children in local underserved communities. An information session will be held October 27th. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff before applying. First-year applicants typically receive grants up to $5,000.

The programs must fall into one or more of the focus areas:

1) Art Therapy

Programs using formal therapy programs, with licensed arts therapists, to support the individual and social growth of children experiencing mental or physical traumas. Therapy program may incorporate any arts medium including, but not limited to music to dance to visual arts to performance. There is an understanding that these programs may reach fewer youth. Therefore, it is imperative that these applicants clearly demonstrate long-term care and outcomes for youth.

2) Arts Education

Programs using the arts in or out of school to support the individual, interpersonal, academic, vocational or civic outcomes for youth. These programs focus highly on the process to create rather than the ultimate product, although the arts products resulting from these programs are often of high quality. Often these programs hinge on the employment of teaching artists and other professional with arts, education and youth development expertise.

3) Arts for Social Change

Programs using the arts as a mechanism by which youth are contributing to community development, social change and/or social justice efforts. The focus of these programs is often multifaceted with outcomes at the community level as well as the individual youth level. Youth engaged in these programs often demonstrated increased competencies in leadership, civic engagement and social awareness.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176410

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000. First-year applicants typically receive grants up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds should be used during the 2017/18 grant year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grassroots nonprofit organizations in the New York Tri-State area may apply.

The funding source does not grant money for capital improvements, administrative overhead, to other foundations, nor individuals. They do not make funding commitments beyond one year.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A question and answers session will be hosted at Variety’s offices on October 27th from 12-2pm.

Upcoming office hours dates are: October 25th and November 8th (10:00am – 5:00pm).

Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to if you intend to come attend any of these days.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to discuss their work prior to submitting.

Applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry .

Between 30 and 40 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for review by Variety’s staff and board. Applicants invited to submit will be notified before the end of the year.

Full applications will be due in February followed by site visits to the finalists.

Grant decisions will be made in June/July 2017 and funds distributed thereafter.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Jessica Bynoe, Executive Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York