Ends on October 27, 2017

2018 Arts Fund

Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund


Bronx-based professional and pre-professional artists, artist collectives and Bronx-based 501c3 arts organizations with an organizational budget below $100,000 are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for high-quality arts projects that contribute to the cultural life of the borough. In 2016, Arts Fund distributed $103,000 to 24 artists and organizations.

The Arts Fund 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 501c3 arts organizations with organizational budgets below $100,000 and individual artists living in the Bronx may apply directly to this program.

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


· Arts Fund applicants must reside in the Bronx, and apply as either an individual or 501c3 nonprofit arts organization with an organizational budget less than $100,000.

· Individual Bronx residents and artist collectives* do not need a fiscal sponsor of any sort; they may apply directly to this program.

*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.

· Applicants who prefer to apply through a fiscal sponsor may do so. Fiscal sponsors must have IRS 501c3 nonprofit status and be incorporated within the five boroughs of New York City

· Organizations that are receiving direct funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in fiscal year 2016 CANNOT apply for this program, but CAN serve as fiscal sponsors, provided the proposed project is NOT in collaboration with the fiscal sponsor.


Proposals should include: appropriate work samples; a clear, realistic timeline that demonstrates the ability to complete the project within the calendar year 2016; engagement of experienced and appropriate personnel; and plans to promote the project. BCA strongly supports payment of artist fees.


Applicants may submit one Arts Fund application per year. This may be in addition to a BRIO, Community Arts Grant (CAG)  and Artist for Community (AFC) application, if applicable.

Eligible Applicants CAN apply to Arts Fund and BRIO, but MUST choose only ONE if awarded both. An individual artist may NOT accept money from Arts Fund and BRIO because both grants are funded through the same source.

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

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

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

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