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Community Arts (CA) Grants

Grants to New York City Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Local Arts Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

Conf. Date:

10/09/20

Deadline Date:

10/26/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for local arts projects. Funding is intended to support literary, performing, visual, and media arts projects to benefit local residents. All projects must be community-based and open to the general public. Projects must be based in the Bronx.

Community Arts (CA) grants support local arts projects, programs, and activities that enable Bronx communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Projects and programs may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings. 

COVID-19 exception: Due to challenges faced by many dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, BCA will allow the following budget expenses for all Community Arts funded projects and programs for the 2021 grant year:

  • Materials and expendable equipment that does not exceed $1,000 (consumable goods, e.g., thumb drives; sheet music, lamps, lighting gel, etc.)
  • Equipment, including software; subscriptions; and training related to the creation and promotion of virtual programming, is allowable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160876

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Range: $1,000 to $5,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local nonprofit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists or collectives must apply either through a Bronx-based fiscal sponsor or in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization based in the Bronx.

Organizational applicants must:
- Be based in the Bronx with a Bronx address,
- Have existed for at least one year, and
- Show proof of non-profit status and have an active board of directors.

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.

Direct NYSCA applicants cannot be fiscal sponsors or partnering organizations, nor apply for Community Arts funding.

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

Eligible applicants CAN apply to Community Arts and Arts Fund for the same project or program.

Ineligible requests: https://www.bronxarts.org/uploads/2021%20Community%20Arts%20Guidelines.pdf#page=2

Pre-proposal Conference:

BCA's 2021 Community Engagement Grants (CEG) cycle is opening on August 10th. It is offering FREE virtual information sessions covering the types of grants it provides, application processes and best practices. If you're looking for funding on your next project in 2021, then register for one of the dates. First time applicants (and those who have not applied in the last two years) are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

Schedule:
- Wednesday, August 26, 2020: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
- Thursday, September 10, 2020: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
- Saturday, September 19, 2020: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
- Friday, October 9, 2020: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

For more information and to RSVP:
https://www.bronxarts.org/events/community-engagement-grant-info-session-webinars-2020-08-13-2020-10-09.html

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM

2021 BCA Community Engagement Grant Funding Cycle
- August 2020: Community Engagement Grants (Bronx Arts Fund, New Work, Community Arts) open 8/10.
- October 2020: Community Engagement Grant application deadline 10/26
- 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.

COVID-19 exception: Due to challenges faced by many dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, BCA will waive the 25% requirement for all funded projects and programs for the 2021 grant year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://bronxcouncilonthearts.submittable.com/submit/152640/2021-community-arts

Bryan E. Glover
718-931-9500 ex.22
bryan@bronxarts.org

BCA
2700 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 931-9500

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