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Creative Learning

Grants to New York City Artists, Artist Collectives, and Nonprofits
for Community Arts Education Programs in Eligible Locations

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

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Deadline Date:

09/29/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to New York City individual artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit organizations for community arts education and enrichment programs in eligible locations. First-time applicants are required to attend an information webinar prior to applying. Funding is intended to support and develop the capacity of teaching artists and small arts organizations in Manhattan. The program is accompanied by technical assistance to applicants, and networking and promotional opportunities for funded projects.

The program supports in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming for youth, adults, and/or seniors. Proposals should include effective and innovative approaches to artist-led, age- and skills-appropriate instruction outside of the school setting, as well as education-based approaches to participatory arts projects. Emphasis is placed on the quality and depth of the creative process through which participants learn about the arts. Creative Learning strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

Creative Learning supports projects that draw on arts education practices to engage participants in the creation and interpretation of artistic works. Funding is provided for sequential, skill-based arts study and participatory arts projects that take place in accessible community-based settings such as afterschool programs, senior centers, and community centers, in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery. 

The program encourages individual teaching artists to collaborate with community-based partners to develop arts programming to reach shared goals. Partnership projects should be conceived, planned, and implemented by teaching artists and administrators working together to utilize resources. Competitive projects will demonstrate the Partner Organization’s strong commitment to the arts through cash and other means of project support. 

Projects may, but are not required to, culminate in a public event or finished product such as an exhibition, performance, or presentation. LMCC encourages projects that feature opportunities for familial and community involvement.

For a detailed list of project requirements, see page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174473

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants eligible for City funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for State funds may apply for up to $5,000.
- Applicants eligible for City and State funds may apply for up to $9,000.
- If awarded, no grants will be made for less than $1,000.

Applicants for State funding may include up to $200 in the Creative Learning Project Budget for participating teaching artists to attend professional development training, seminars, and/or conferences.

Term of Contract:

This program supports projects taking place between January 1 – December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual Artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit organizations may apply.

Applicants whose work is rooted in the lived experience of Manhattan’s Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Nonprofit Organizations:
- Organizations must be based in Manhattan.
- Organizations must have proof of nonprofit status.
- Organizations must have a core artistic mission and/or history of arts programming.
- Applicants may not be directly applying to LMCC’s Creative Engagement program for the same fiscal year.
- Applicants may not be directly applying for DCLA (GNYADF) or NYSCA (Decentralization) funds in another county/borough for the same fiscal year

Individual Artists and Collectives:
- Individual artists must be based in Manhattan.
- Individual artists may not apply or receive funds on behalf of any organization.
- Collectives must designate a lead artist (director, or equivalent), who meets all eligibility requirements for individual artists, to apply as an individual on its behalf.

For additional requirements and eligibility limitations, and for a list of Funding Restrictions, see pages 3-4 in the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

See page 5 of the Guidelines for funding restrictions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Webinars will help applicants learn what constitutes a well-prepared grant application. First-time applicants are required to attend an interactive information session webinar. Returning applicants who have previously attended an information session may participate in an information session webinar OR access a pre-recorded session.

Creative Engagement and Creative Learning:
- Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 4:00 PM
To register:
- Monday, August 3, 2020, 3:00 PM (this session is presented in Mandarin Chinese)
To register:
- Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 4:00 PM
To register:
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6:30 PM
To register:

Attendance and participation over the phone is also available.

Pre-Application Information:

- Information sessions: July - September 2020
- Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 5:00 PM
- Jury review process: January 2021
- Applicant notification: February 2021
- Applicant feedback period: Feb-March 2021
- Grantee contracting: March 2021
- Grant payments: April 2021
- Grantee projects: Jan 1-Dec 31, 2021

Applicants may take the Eligibility Quiz (see below) to determine eligibility. This quiz is designed as an aid to you, to help you determine whether you are eligible for the grant program.

Applicants may not apply to LMCC's Creative Engagement program for the same fiscal year.

Applicants may only submit one proposal requesting support for one project.

Pre-recorded Information Sessions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Eligibility quiz:

To apply online:

Direct questions to:
Flannery Winchester, Program Assistant, Grants & Services
212-219-9401 ext. 119

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 219-9401

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