Ends on June 30, 2018

2018 Community Arts Grant (CAG)

Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Funding for this program is made possible by:

The New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Decentralization program (DEC).


Bronx-based nonprofit arts and community organizations and individual artists working through a fiscal sponsor or in partnership with Bronx-based nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for community-based arts projects. In 2016,  Community Arts Grant distributed $100,715 to 26 Bronx artists and organizations.

Community Arts Grants may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings. All funded projects in this category must be community based and open to the general public.

CAG aims to contribute to the cultural life of the borough through its support of community based, high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles. Local nonprofit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists must apply with a community-based nonprofit partner.

Disciplines: dance; film/video/media; folk arts; interdisciplinary arts; literary arts; multi-disciplinary projects; music/opera; theater/drama/musical theater; visual arts/crafts.


Eligible organizations :

- Are able to provide proof of one of the following forms of nonprofit status:

- Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 letter.

- Charter from Board of Regrants under Section 216 of the NY State Education Law.

- NYC Charities Registration (Article 7A).

- Certificate of Incorporation under S. 402 of the NY State Not-For-Profit Law.

- Has an active Board of Directors.

- Did not apply directly to NY State Council on the Arts for funding for the Fiscal Year 2016

An individual artist or collective MUST apply for funds through a fiscal sponsor or apply directly if working in partnership with a community-based non-profit organization in the Bronx. Fiscal sponsors and community partners must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as an applicant organization and provide the same required documents listed above. A community-based non-profit partner is 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, staff/admin support, etc.

NOTE: An individual artist cannot apply through a partnering organization that is applying directly  to NYSCA or CAG


Applicants may submit up to three applications per year between the Artist for Community Grant (AFC) and the Community Arts Grant (CAG). Total request of all applications submitted cannot exceed $5,000. One proposal per project accepted.

Eligible applicants applying to AFC and CAG CANNOT exceed a combined request total of $5,000.

Eligible applicants CANNOT apply to AFC and CAG for the same project.

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


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