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Local Arts Support (LAS) Grant

Grants to Brooklyn, New York Artists and Nonprofits
for Arts Programming in the Local Community

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)

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Deadline Date:

09/19/18 11:59 PM Online Submission


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to Brooklyn, New York nonprofits or artists and New York City artists in partnership with Brooklyn nonprofits for local arts projects. New applicants and those who have not received this grant since 2016 are required to attend an information session prior to applying. The arts projects can be interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary, visual, literary, or performing arts, and should engage a diverse range of local communities.

Program areas of funding include: dance; film/video/media; folk arts; interdisciplinary arts; literary arts; multi-disciplinary projects; music/opera; theater/musical theater; visual arts/crafts.

Competitive projects will demonstrate the ability to identify the community it strives to engage and articulate the proposed methods of engagement in a thoughtful association between the philosophy of the project and said community. Projects should include a clear, realistic timeline that demonstrates the ability to complete the project to scope within the calendar year 2019; engagement of experienced and appropriate personnel, including appropriateness of nonprofit partner; and plans to promote the project. BAC strongly supports the payment of artist fees that are field and project appropriate.

Funded projects must be open and accessible to the Brooklyn population and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act whenever possible.

Funding is provided for:
- Public projects occurring in Brooklyn in the calendar year 2019.
- Refer to specific grant opportunities for program-specific funding priorities and review criteria for overall funding criteria.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160867

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

All funded projects and public arts activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations, Brooklyn-based individual artists, and NYC-based individual artists working in partnership with Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.

Eligibility restrictions:
- Applicants may not have applied directly to NYSCA for Fiscal Year 2019.
- The Brooklyn-based partner and/or fiscal sponsor may not have applied directly to NYSCA or LAS for Fiscal Year 2019.
- Applicants must provide proof that they are one of the following: a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization; a Brooklyn-based individual artist working with a Brooklyn-based nonprofit partner; or an individual artist working but not living in Brooklyn, with a Brooklyn-based fiscal sponsor.

Applicants are not eligible for any BAC grants if they:
- Received funding from any BAC program in a previous year, but failed to submit a Final Report.
- Are under the age of 18 or a full-time student in a higher education program.
- Are applying for NYSCA (Decentralization) or DCLA (GNYADF) funds in another county/borough in the same fiscal year.
- Are a New York City public school district; public, private, or parochial school; New York State agency or department; and/or public college or university.

Funding cannot be provided for:
- Operating expenses of privately owned facilities, such as homes and studios.
- Activities intended only for an organization’s membership and that are not open to the general public such as camps, clubs or college associations.
- Arts Education programs/residencies that take place in school, during the school day or after school and have no public component.
- Arts programs that are essentially recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic; or programs in the martial and culinary arts.
- Regranting programs, travel expenses outside of NYC, acquisition of works of art, contingency funds, or creation of textbooks or classroom material or lobbying expenses.
- Major equipment purchases, property or mortgage payments, capital improvements such as building construction or renovation.
- Major expenditures for the establishment of a new organization.
- Cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, educational scholarships or other awards or stipends to students.
- Overhead or administrative costs unrelated to the proposed project. (General Operating Costs)
- Entertainment costs such as theater parties, balloons, clowns, magicians, and sip and paint parties.
- Activities such as gallery/museum openings, receptions, benefits, galas and fundraisers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

New applicants and applicants who have not received a BAC Grant since the 2016 funding cycle are required to attend an information session in order to be eligible. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Information sessions are offered in person across the borough and online. RSVP below.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Funding Cycle Timeline:
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Application Notification: January 2019
- Funding Awarded to Grantees: March 2019

All proposals must show other sources of income for the project, cash and in-kind, that account for at least 50% of the overall budget.

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USA: New York City: Brooklyn;   New York