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Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program

Grants to New York City Nonprofits to
Administer Fellowships for Artists

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The New York Community Trust (NYCT) - Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund

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Deadline Date:

05/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations to administer fellowships for young professional artists. Funding is intended to encourage equity and diversity in the arts. Priority will be given to applicants that help artists from populations that are historically underrepresented in the arts, as determined by, for example, race/ethnicity, ability, and gender.

The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program provides support for talented young professionals (aged 18 to 30) from historically underrepresented populations who are dedicated to a career in the arts. Grants will help arts groups provide education, training, or other support through fellowships for young professionals living and working in New York City. Fellowships are intended to help young working artists achieve a significant professional credit that can lead to future career opportunities. 

Fellowship activities should be appropriate to both the art form and the development needs of the individual artists. The Trust support a broad range of activities and related costs, such as advanced training and coaching; equipment, instruments, and supplies; commissioning; mentoring; rehearsal and work space; opportunities to create, produce, perform, or publish; professional conferences; and travel and living expenses. Fellows must receive a financial stipend and should gain a significant credit that will advance their careers. 

Funds may be used to support or expand an existing effort or begin a new one. Grants are intended to cover fellowship costs; however, a limited amount of administrative costs attributable to the program may be requested. (The grant should primarily benefit fellows rather than the sponsoring organization.)

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GrantWatch ID#: 180803

Number of Grants:

The Trusts expects to award grants to a small number of arts groups to sponsor two or more artist fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts will depend on the number and size of fellowships and will not exceed $150,000 per organization ($75,000 per year for two years or $50,000 per year for three years). Agencies may request up to $25,000 per fellow, per year, and may request less than this amount.

Term of Contract:

The Trusts expects to award grants of up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations: Grants will be made to tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations in New York City administering educational or fellowship programs that promote the professional development of talented young artists. Grants will not be considered for groups with annual operating budgets below $250,000 (as demonstrated by actual income and expenses for the most recently completed fiscal year), nor for agencies with an accumulated deficit or negative fund balance.

Groups with active grants from The Trust’s arts program that conclude after October 2021 are not eligible to apply for this round. Additionally, The Trust will not support a Van Lier fellowship program for more than six consecutive years.

Fellowship Program: The Trust will consider programs that provide fellowships or equivalent support for young professional artists. We will not consider applications solely focused on regranting. Activities must take place and help artists who reside in New York City. Fellowship recipients should be aged 18 to 30 and should not be enrolled in academic, conservatory, college, or degree-granting programs during the fellowship.

Requests to support graphic design, media post-production, curatorial, educational, or administrative roles will not be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you prefer to speak by phone, please select a 15-minute window at for Thursday, March 18 or Thursday, March 25.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due to The Trust no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Grants will be announced in October 2021.

Contact Information:

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

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