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Creative Engagement

Grants to New York City Nonprofits and Artists for Literary, Visual,
and Performing Arts Programs Benefiting Manhattan Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Conf. Date:

09/04/19

Deadline Date:

09/10/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants starting at $1,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations, individual artists, collectives, project-based collaborations, and unincorporated groups for community arts projects benefiting Manhattan residents. First-time applicants are required to attend an information session prior to submission of the application. Funding is intended to support programs in the literary, performing, visual, and media arts that range from folk/traditional to socially-engaged, contemporary art forms and practices.

Creative Engagement is an arts funding program that provides seed grants for projects and activities that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. The grant program operates under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of communities.

Creative Engagement aims to support effective and innovative approaches to engaging audiences through projects and programming of strong artistry. The program awards funding to implement arts projects in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery. Supported activities include concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings, and more The program encourages projects that connect audiences to rich arts experiences as demonstrated by opportunities to attend and/or participate in arts events and programming. Funding priority will be given to projects that bring new arts activities to communities where the need exists, rather than replicate existing offerings.

Project must include a public component - an opportunity to access and engage with the arts that is promoted and available to the general public. In the case of workshops and participatory programs, participant recruitment must be open to the general public and reflected accordingly in outreach and promotional plans.

Creative Engagement strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

For a detailed list of project requirements, see page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175088

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants eligible for City funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for State funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for City and State funds may apply for up to $9,000.
- If awarded, no grants will be made for less than $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Project activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creative Engagement supports qualifying nonprofit organizations, individual artists, as well as collectives, project-based collaborations, and unincorporated groups. To be eligible:

- An applying individual artist must reside in the borough of Manhattan.
- The lead artist of an applicant collective must reside in the borough of Manhattan for the group to be eligible.
- Organizations must have proof of nonprofit status and must be based in the borough of Manhattan. They must have a core artistic mission and/or history of arts programming.

Organizations may not be New York State or City agencies or departments.

Guest artists or temporary programming staff will not be considered a lead artist for the application.

Applicants may not be a lead artist or key partner in more than one proposal to Creative Engagement.

For additional requirements and eligibility limitations, and for a list of Funding Restrictions, see Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Engagement 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 for DCLA (GNYADF) or NYSCA ( Decentralization ) funds in an other county/borough for the same fiscal year.

Individual Artists and Collectives: Creative Engagement supports individ ual 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 fo r 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 Learning program for the same fiscal year.

For additional requirements and eligibility limitations, and for a list of Funding Restrictions, see pages 3-4 in the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

See page 5 of the Guidelines for funding restrictions.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- Information sessions: July-Sept 2019
- Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
- Jury review process: Dec 2019
- Applicant notification: Feb 2020
- Applicant feedback period: Feb-March 2020
- Grantee contracting: March 2020
- Grant payments: April 2020
- Grantee projects: Jan 1-Dec 31, 2020

Take the Eligibility Quiz (see below) to determine your eligibility. This quiz is designed as an aid to you, to help you determine whether you are eligible for the grant program.

Information sessions are offered in locations across Manhattan for artists, groups, and non-profit organizations interested in applying to the grant program. First-time applicants to the program are required to attend. For further details, see Pre-Proposal Conference above.

Applicants may not be directly applying to LMCC's Creative Learning program for the same fiscal year.

Applicants may only submit one proposal requesting support for one project.

Eligibility Quiz: https://www.tfaforms.com/4744102

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://lmcc.submittable.com/submit/7d13d34c-8aa2-4344-a3c1-4daa25ab3d85/creative-engagement-2020-application-form

For questions or technical issues, contact:

Flannery Winchester, Program Assistant, Grants & Services
212-219-9401 ext. 119
CreativeEngagement@LMCC.net

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 219-9401
info@lmcc.net

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USA: New York City: Manhattan;   New York