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Local Arts Support (LAS) Grant

Grants to Brooklyn, New York Nonprofits and Artists
for Arts Programming in the Local Community

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)

Conf. Date:

08/26/19

Deadline Date:

09/19/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to Brooklyn, New York nonprofit organizations and individual artists, and New York City individual artists in partnership with Brooklyn nonprofit organizations, for local arts projects that are open to the general community. First-time applicants and those who have not received funding since 2017 are required to attend an information session prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support programs in the performing, literary, visual, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary arts that focus on community engagement.

The Local Arts Support grant program provides funding for public projects occurring in Brooklyn that are open and accessible to the Brooklyn population and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act whenever possible.

High-quality arts projects will engage a diverse array of Brooklyn’s communities. Proposals will identify the community they strive to engage, articulate proposed methods of engagement, and provide a thoughtful assessment of the association between the philosophy of the project and said community.

Program areas of funding include: Dance; film/video/media; folk arts; interdisciplinary arts; literary arts; multi-disciplinary projects; music/opera; theatre/musical theatre; visual arts/crafts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160867

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Range: $2,000-$5,000

Term of Contract:

All funded projects and public arts activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility restrictions:

- Applicants and organizational partners may not have applied directly to NYSCA for Fiscal Year 2020.
- The Brooklyn-based partner and/or fiscal sponsor may not have applied directly to NYSCA or LAS for Fiscal Year 2020.
- Applicants must provide proof that they are one of the following: A Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization; a Brooklyn-based individual artist working with a Brooklyn-based nonprofit partner; or an individual artist working but not living in Brooklyn, with a Brooklyn-based fiscal sponsor.

Any Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization, whether as a partner, sponsor, or direct applicant must have an active board and must be able to provide proof of one of the following forms of nonprofit status with a Kings County designation:

- Internal Revenue Service 501c 3 letter (not an EIN assignment letter)
- Charter from Board of Regents under Section 216 of the NY State Education Law
- NYC Charities Registration (Article 7A)
- Certificate of Incorporation under S.402 of the NY State Not - for - Profit Law

Brooklyn-based individual artists must apply in partnership with an organization that meets the above criteria; submit proof of nonprofit status; and a letter of commitment outlining their terms of partnership.

Individual artists working but not living in Brooklyn must apply under fiscal sponsorship with an organization that meets the above criteria; submit proof of nonprofit status ; as well as a letter of agreement outlining their terms of sponsorship.

Applicants are not eligible for any BAC grants if they:

- Received funding from any BAC program in a previous year but failed to submit a Final Report.
- Are under the age of 18 or a full-time student in a higher education program.
- Are applying for NYSCA (Decentralization) or DCLA (GNYADF) funds in another county/borough for fiscal year 2020.
- Are a New York City public school district, public, private or parochial school, New York State agency or department, and/ or public college or university.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see page 2 of the Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions are offered in person across the borough and online. To attend a session, please RSVP online at brooklynartscouncil.org.

Info sessions are scheduled as follows:

- DUMBO: Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7 pm
Brooklyn Arts Council, 20 Jay Street, Suite 616

- Brownsville: Monday, July 15, 4:30-6 pm
The Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville, 519 Rockaway Avenue

- Joint Info Session with the Department of Cultural Affairs (recommended for nonprofit organizations)
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Thursday, July 18, 2-3:30 pm
Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-restoration-plaza-tickets-62593022415

- Midwood: Monday, July 22, 11 am-12:30 pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Midwood Branch, 975 East 16th Street
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-brooklyn-public-library-midwood-tickets-62593216997

- Flatbush: Wednesday, July 24, 11 am-12:30 pm
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project, 208 Parkside Avenue, 2nd Floor
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-flanbwayan-haitian-literacy-project-tickets-62594252093

- Bushwick: Thursday, August 1, 11 am-12:30 pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Bushwick Branch, 340 Bushwick Avenue
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-brooklyn-public-library-bushwick-tickets-62594400537

- Sunset Park: Monday, August 5, 11 am-12:30 pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park, 4201 4th Avenue
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-brooklyn-public-library-sunset-park-tickets-62595566023

- East New York: Wednesday, August 7, 4:30-6 pm
ARTs East New York, 534 Livonia Avenue
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-arts-east-new-york-tickets-62595815770

- Cypress Hills: Monday, August 19, 2-3:30 pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Arlington Branch, 203 Arlington Avenue
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-brooklyn-public-library-arlington-tickets-62597212949

- Fort Greene: Thursday, August 22, 2-3:30 pm
UrbanGlass, 647 Fulton Street
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-urbanglass-tickets-62597385465

- Downtown Brooklyn: Monday, August 26, 3-4:30 pm
The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grants-info-session-the-actors-fund-arts-center-tickets-62597766605

Pre-Application Information:

Local Arts Support 2020 is open for applications until Thursday, September, 19, 2019, 11:59 PM.

Timeline:

- September 2019: Application deadline
- October 2019: BAC staff prepares applications for panel meetings
- Nov/Dec 2019: Funding decisions are made
- January 2020: Funding notifications sent to all applicants
- March 2020: Funding awarded to 2020 BAC Grantees

New applicants and applicants who have not received a BAC Grant since the 2017 funding cycle are required to attend an information session in order to be eligible. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. See Pre-Proposal Conference above for further details.

Technical Assistance Office Hours will be held on Thursday, August 15, 11 am - 4 pm, at the Brooklyn Arts Council, for interested applicants. RSVP is required (see Contact Information below).

If you weren’t able to attend an info session this summer, you can access all the information you need to apply through this webinar recording. By registering to access the recording, you fulfill the attendance requirement to apply.

BAC cannot be the sole funder for proposed projects. All proposals must show other sources of income for the project, cash and in-kind, that account for at least 50% of the overall budget.

Applicants may submit one BAF request per year. This may be in addition to a Brooklyn Arts Fund application. Eligible applicants may apply to both programs for the same project.

Please note: A previous version of the budget included an income calculation error. Please use this version of the form if you downloaded the form prior to 9/5/19.

Webinar Recording: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-recording-2020-community-arts-grants-info-session-tickets-70829618295

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: https://brooklynartscouncil.submittable.com/submit/130286/local-arts-support-2020

Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264.

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

To register for the Technical Assistance Office Hours, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technical-assistance-office-hours-2020-grants-tickets-63484233050

Erin Carr, Grants and Services Coordinator
ecarr@brooklynartscouncil.org
718-625-0080 x227

Brooklyn Arts Council
20 Jay Street, Suite 616
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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