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ABC (Arts Bring Change) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Artists in Eligible
Locations for Arts Education Projects in K-12 Schools

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NYSCA and Staten Island Arts

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Deadline Date:

01/31/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to New York nonprofit cultural organizations and individual artists in eligible locations to provide arts education in local K-12 public schools. First-time applicants must attend a seminar prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support artistic learning experiences that focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Applicants must be a Staten Island resident, or Staten Island based non-profit organization.

Projects must focus on the exploration of art and artistic process. Intercurricular collaboration is encouraged but not required. Projects must take place in schools and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on learning sessions with students. ABC Regrant funding must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176551

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant request should not exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place during the calendar year 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an ABC Regrant, the applicant must meet ALL the following criteria:
- Evidence of true partnership between the school and teaching artist or organization (joint planning, reflection, and evaluation), and how well the project incorporates the NYC Blueprint for the Arts, NYS Learning Standards or Common Core Standards.
- Clarity and completeness of the proposal, including specific activities.
- Clarity and completeness of the budget.
- Evidence of past success shown in work samples.
- Partnership letter from participating public school.

What is not eligible:
- Organizations receiving direct or discretionary funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in the 2021 fiscal year regardless of their application’s status.
- Organizations with operating income budgets over $300,000 for two of the last three fiscal years.
- Programs that are essentially religious, recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic.
- Home schools, private, and parochial schools.
- Stand-alone assembly programs, single performances, or one time visits to cultural institutions.
- Extracurricular activities that occur during non-school hours.
- Programs where selected students are taken out of regular classes or are self-selected for participation.
- College-level courses, scholarships, contests, or student performing groups.
- Applicants who are not in good standing with Staten Island Arts including failing to complete previous Staten Island Arts grant projects and/or failure to complete final reporting. (2020 grantees are exempt)

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants are required to attend an application seminar. Anyone who has not applied recently (over 2 years) is encouraged to attend as well. At the seminar, you will learn about the online application system and will review the entire NYSCA ABC Regrant Grant application. Seminars will be held online. RSVP is required.

- Sunday November 22, 2pm

For more information and to RSVP:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.

The panels meet throughout February-April. Applicants will be notified by mail of funding decisions (either for, or against) at the conclusion of the panel’s deliberations. The last notification letters go out near the end of April.

COVID-19 exception: This grant category usually provides partial funding; the match requirement has been suspended for 2021.


Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Questions? Contact Jeremy Heuler at, 718-447-3329 x1007

Staten Island Arts
PO Box 50197
Staten island, NY 10305

Office: 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304

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USA: New York City: Staten Island ;   New York

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