Past Grant Programs
Downtown Cultural Grants Initiative 2004–2008
From November 2004 to October 2008, LMCC’s Downtown Cultural Grants Initiative provided over $3.9 million in direct support, $107,000 in technical assistance, and secured donated space valued at $4.5 million for cultural projects Downtown.
We adhered to the geographic boundaries established by The September 11th Fund, providing resources to arts and cultural organizations based south of Canal Street and in Chinatown (bounded by Essex Street, Delancey Street, and Broadway), as well as supporting new projects and cultural events in the area.
In 2010, we completed a report on the impact of the Downtown Cultural Grants Initiative titled Recovery and Growth in the Downtown Cultural Sector.
Support was offered through six funding streams:
Capital Grants for Culture to provide resources for the crucial facility needs of arts organizations, including funds for capital and planning projects Downtown.
Marketing and Promotion Grants to provide support for new and innovative marketing and promotional activities by cultural organizations to expand their audiences and increase visibility.
Production Grants to support the core public programming of arts and cultural organizations in Lower Manhattan with an emphasis on new and expanded arts events.
Grants for Art in Public Spaces to expand festival activities in Lower Manhattan by facilitating the participation of Downtown cultural organizations and venues in local arts festivals to enhance visibility and cultivate new audiences.
Festival Access Fund to expand festival activities in Lower Manhattan by facilitating the participation of Downtown cultural organizations and venues in local arts festivals to enhance visibility and cultivate new audiences.
Swing Space (pilot program) to match free and low-cost temporary space with the immediate needs of artists and arts organizations to create and present their work.
The Michael Richards Fund was created by friends, colleagues and family of artist Michael Richards to honor his life and achievements through grants to support emerging visual artists of Caribbean descent.