The Fund for Creative Communities
Grants of up to $5,000 for Manhattan-based artist-community partnerships and non-profit organizations.
The Fund for Creative Communities (The Fund) is a local arts funding program supporting projects and activities that enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Each year, the program supports over 80 arts projects in Manhattan, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more. Through The Fund, LMCC awards close to $250,000 each year to enable projects in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery.
The Fund is part of the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Decentralization program (DEC), which was established in 1977 by the New York State Legislature as a statewide, community arts regrant program. LMCC administers The Fund for the borough of Manhattan.
The application deadline for projects taking place in calendar year 2014 has passed.
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Information sessions for The Fund and MCAF are offered each summer in 10 locations across Manhattan for artists, groups, and nonprofit organizations interested in applying to our grant programs. Sessions include a review of the programs and useful information to help applicants put their best foot forward.
Attendance at an information session is required for first-time and returning applicants who have not attended in 2010 or later. For the schedule of information sessions and to RSVP to attend - click here.
How The Fund Works
The Fund makes grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based non-profit organizations, and to artists working in partnership with a community-based organization or applying through a fiscal sponsor. The program supports high-quality performing, literary, media, and visual arts projects that include a public component that will bring the arts to benefit Manhattan communities.
The Fund is designed to support and develop the capacity of individual artists and small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations to 1) develop high quality local arts projects and programming and 2) contribute to Manhattan communities by providing opportunities for the public to experience and engage with the arts. Emphasis is placed on the quality and artistic merit of proposed projects and the depth and authenticity of community experience, participation and engagement.
Competitive projects will demonstrate thoughtful project planning, experienced project personnel and planned project income in the form of cash and other means of support. The Fund and LMCC strongly support the payment of artist fees. The Fund also seeks to increase access to arts and cultural activities in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. Funding priority will be given to projects that reach under-served communities and/or bring new arts activities to communities where the need exists, rather than replicate existing offerings.
LMCC expects applicants to identify the audiences and communities they wish to reach and that project activities and events reflect a relationship with or understanding of that audience or community. Projects should include clear and realistic plans to promote the project and reach the public. The program encourages projects that provide audiences with rich arts experiences as demonstrated by opportunities to: experience the arts; participate in artistic inquiry and creation; present or perform works; and engage with artists and/or dialogues about the arts.
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