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New Work (NW) Grant

Grants to New York City Artists
for Community-Based Arts Projects

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Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

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Deadline Date:

10/26/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to New York City artists in eligible locations to support community-centered arts and culture projects. Funding is intended to support projects that engage and involve the community. The purpose of this program is to enhance local cultural life by supporting community-based, high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles. Eligible disciplines include dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multidisciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, and visual arts/crafts. Applicants must be based in the Bronx.

An essential element of this funding is a community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project. This inclusion can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project.

Emerging and pre-professional artists, women, the disabled, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other under-represented individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159314

Number of Grants:

Up to four (4) individual artists will be awarded grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $2,500

Term of Contract:

Funded projects and programs must take place in the Bronx between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual applicants must be residents of Bronx County. Proof of residency is required.

Applicants are not eligible for BCA grants if:
- They received a BCA grant in a previous year, but failed to submit a Final Report.
- They are under the age of 18, or a full-time student in a higher education program.
- They work or have a studio space in the Bronx, but live outside of the Bronx.
- They received funding from NYSCA in the same fiscal year.
- They are a public university or college, a public, private or parochial school, or a New York City or State agency or department.
- They are a Staff or Board member of BCA.

Funding cannot be provided for:
- General operating expenses or operating expenses of privately owned facilities, such as homes and studios.
- Activities intended only for an organization’s membership and that are not open to the public.
- Arts-in-Education programs/residencies that take place in a school during the school day and have no public component.
- Scholarships/fellowships, student stipends, regranting programs, or travel expenses outside NYC.
- Major equipment purchases, property or mortgage payments, or capital improvements such as building construction or renovation.
- Major expenditures for the establishment of a new organization.
- Cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, scholarships or other awards or stipends to students.
- Administrative costs unrelated to the proposed project.
- Entertainment costs such as theater parties, gallery and museum openings, receptions and fundraisers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

BCA will offer 6 “Information Sessions” Workshops in August, September and October. First time applicants are encouraged to attend one.

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Session Dates:
- Thursday, August 13th, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
- Wednesday, August 26th from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
- Thursday, September 10th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
- Saturday, September 19th from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
- Tuesday, September 29th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- Friday, October 9th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Funding Cycle:
- August 2020 - Community Engagement Grants (Bronx Arts Fund, New Work, Community Arts) open 8/10.
- October 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM - Deadline
- November 2020 - BCA Grants staff prepare applications for panel meetings.
- Dec 2020/Jan 2021 - Panels convene; funding decisions made.
- March 2021 - Notifications regarding funding decisions are sent to applicants via email.
- April 2021 - Community Arts Celebration honoring the 2021 Community Engagement Grants grantees. Funds distributed.

It is recommended that applicants submit their applications early during the open application period. This will allow more time for correcting errors or supplying missing information before the application deadline.

Applicants may submit up to three requests per year between New Work (NW) and Community Arts (CA). Eligible applicants CANNOT apply to NW and CA for the same project. Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000. Eligible applicants can apply to New Work and Arts Fund for the same project.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Bryan Glover
718-931-9500, ext. 22

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Bronx;   New York

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