2020 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR BRONX ORGANIZATIONS, INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, & COLLECTIVES

Funds for Artistic Excellence


Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. BRIO grants of $5,000  will be awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity. The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines

The grant application cycle opens October 16th, 2019 and closes December 16th 2019


For additional information contact bryan@bronxarts.org | 718-931-9500 ex. 22

For grant guidelines, "How to Apply" session dates, and more information, visit www.bronxarts.org


2021 Arts Fund
 

Deadline EXTENDED: Monday, October 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Funding for this program is made possible by:
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund
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Arts Fund (AF) aims to develop Bronx artists and small arts organizations through its support of high quality arts projects that engage Bronx audiences in a diverse array of artistic works in all disciplines, genres and styles. Bronx-based individual artists, artist collectives and 501c3 arts organizations with an organizational budget below $100,000 are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 that contribute to the cultural life of the borough. Individual Bronx residents and artist collectives* do not need a fiscal sponsor; they may apply directly to this program.
Organizations that are receiving direct funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in fiscal year 2021 cannot receive an Arts Fund grant, but can serve as fiscal sponsors, provided the proposed project is NOT in collaboration with the fiscal sponsor.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
 
ORGANIZATIONS: Eligible organizations MUST:
Provide one of the following forms of proof of non-profit status:
       - Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 letter.
       - Charter from Board of Regrants under Section 216 of the NY State Education Law.
       - Current NY State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt.
       - Certificate of Incorporation under S. 402 of the NY State Not-For-Profit Law.
Have a current Bronx street address.
Have an active Board of Directors.
Not be recipients of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs funding for Fiscal Year 2021.
INDIVIDUALS/COLLECTIVES: An individual artist or collective MUST
Provide one of the following forms of proof of Bronx residency (with same address as that of the application)
       - NYS Driver’s license
       - New York State or New York City ID
       - Voter Registration Card
       - Mortgage, rent receipt or lease agreement
       - Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
       - Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)  
       - NYS or Federal tax return
 
*One lead artist or administrator with Bronx residency must act as BCA’s primary contact throughout the grant process and accept the award, if funded.
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Applicants may submit one Arts Fund application per year. This may be in addition to Community Arts (CA) and New Work (NW), if applicable. Eligible applicants CAN apply to Arts Fund and BRIO, but must choose one if awarded both, as both grants are funded through the same source.
Eligible applicants CAN apply to Arts Fund and Community Arts for the same project.
Eligible applicants CAN apply to Arts Fund and New Work for the same project.


NOTE: PLEASE SEE FULL GUIDELINES AVAILABLE HERE
(Guidelines available soon)

2021 Community Arts
 

Deadline EXTENDED: Monday, October 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Funding for this program is made possible by:
the New York State Council on the Arts
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Community Arts (CA) grants support local arts projects and activities that enable Bronx communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings. All projects must be community based and open to the general public.
The program provides support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or individual artists through grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Local non-profit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists or collectives must apply either through a fiscal sponsor, or directly if working in partnership with a community-based non-profit organization based in the Bronx.
Direct NYSCA applicants cannot be fiscal sponsors or partnering organizations, nor apply for Community Arts funding.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

ORGANIZATIONS: Eligible organizations MUST:
 • Provide one of the following forms of proof of non-profit status:
        -Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 letter.
        -Charter from Board of Regrants under Section 216 of the NY State Education Law.
        - Current NY State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt.
        -Certificate of Incorporation under S. 402 of the NY State Not-For-Profit Law.
 • Have a current Bronx street address.
 • Have an active Board of Directors.
 • Not have applied directly to NY State Council on the Arts for funding for the Fiscal Year 2021.

INDIVIDUALS/COLLECTIVES: An individual artist or collective MUST  
Provide one of the following forms of proof of Bronx residency (with same address as that of the application)
      - NYS Driver’s license
      - New York State or New York City ID
      - Voter Registration Card
      - Mortgage, rent receipt or lease agreement
      - Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
      - Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)  
      - NYS or Federal tax return

IMPORTANT: Individual artists and artist collectives must apply for funds either through a fiscal sponsor, or directly if working in partnership with a community-based non-profit organization based in the Bronx. Both fiscal sponsors and community partner organizations must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as applicant organizations, which are listed above. Community-based non-profit partners are required to provide a letter of commitment confirming the partnership with the applicant and outlining the scope of the partnership, i.e., venue/space, marketing support, community outreach, or staff/admin support, etc. Direct NYSCA applicants cannot be fiscal sponsors or partnering organizations.
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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. Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000.


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

NOTE: PLEASE SEE FULL GUIDELINES AVAILABLE HERE
(Guidelines available soon) 

2021 New Work  

Deadline EXTENDED: Monday, October 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Funding for this program is made possible by:
The New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization program  

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New Work (NW) invites individual Bronx-based artists to apply for a commissioning grant in the amount of $2,500 for the creation of a new work in a community setting.
An essential element of this funding is a community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project. This inclusion can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project.
New Work is designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity and to highlight the role of artists as important members of the community. These grants are intended to support creative (not interpretive) professional artists interested in working within a community setting.
With only four (4) awards made each year, New Work is a highly competitive grant process for Bronx artists of all disciplines. Preference will be given to innovative projects that address the concept of community. Competitive proposals will identify the community the artist plans to work with and the methods they will use to reach and include that audience.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
An individual artist MUST
Provide one of the following forms of proof of Bronx residency (with same address as that of the application)
     - NYS Driver’s license
     - New York State or New York City ID
     - Voter Registration Card
     - Mortgage, rent receipt or lease agreement
     - Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
     - Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)  
     - NYS or Federal tax return
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Applicants may submit up to three requests per year between New Work (NW) and Community Arts (CA). Eligible applicants CANNOT apply to NW and CA for the same project. Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000.

Eligible applicants CAN apply to New Work and Arts Fund for the same project.

NOTE: PLEASE SEE FULL GUIDELINES AVAILABLE HERE
 (Guidelines available soon)  

Are you a performer, visual artist, arts critic, arts historian, musician, curator, other artist or arts professional, or arts engaged community leader?

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) seeks artists, arts professionals, and nonprofit and community based organization leaders to serve as panelists for our 2020 grant cycle. 

BCA hosts 4 grant programs totaling in more than $250,000 a year in funding to Bronx artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations. Panelist from the community play a key in the awards process; their knowledge and expertise is a crucial part of helping to shape the way public arts funds are distributed.

Panelists to review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients.

Interested? The basic eligibility requirement to be a BCA panelist is that you are an artist, arts professional or nonprofit and community based organization leader. 

If this is you and you would like to help make a difference in the Bronx, please apply to serve on one of our grants panels.

Potential panelists from all boroughs are welcome to apply. Note that panelists for Community Engagement Grants must be Bronx residents. Those serving on the BRIO panels MUST reside outside of the Bronx and have expertise in specific artistic disciplines. BCA  supports panel diversity in all forms: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.


Selected panelists will be contacted in the Fall


For more info on BCA's grants, visit HERE
 

All Panelists receive an honorarium.


Bronx Council on the Arts