The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to launch the City Artist Corps Grants Program to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
City Artist Corps Grants are administered in partnership with re-grant and arts service organizations to support outreach, provide technical assistance for prospective applicants, and inform the grantee selection process in service of the city’s diverse cultural communities.
- Artists may present more than one activity but can only receive one $5,000 grant.
Types of eligible creative engagement activities might include:
- A live music, dance, theatre, literary reading performance
- An in person art-making workshop with community members
- A public screening of a film or other media work
- An art exhibition in a community center or other public or private venue (including apartment gallery set-ups)
- A live art making experience, such as painting of a mural
- Already established or recurring creatively focused program that is planned to happen in the summer/fall
- All of the above can be scheduled independently or featured as part of an existing festival or program already scheduled for the summer
- Applicants must be current residents of New York City (5 boroughs) and have maintained residency since January 2020.
- Applicants must be artists with a demonstrated sustained, ongoing creative practice in any creative discipline
- Applicants must provide documentation of their creative practice from anytime in the past 2 years (2019 and/or 2020).
- Applicants must apply with a creative public engagement activity that meets the criteria. Applicants can apply with an activity that is yet to be confirmed (in terms of presentation date and location).
- Artists can only apply once in each Cycle and can only receive one (1) grant through the City Artist Corps Grants program.
- Applicants can be past recipients of any of NYFA’s grant programs, including 2020/2021 COVID-19 Emergency Grants
- Applicants must be able to provide a W-9 with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or EIN (after selection).
- Applicants must be 21 years or older on of before June 8, 2021
- A family member, friend or a support person may apply on behalf of an artist who is unable to complete the application on their own.
- Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Applicants cannot be an employee of NYFA, the City of New York, or any partnering organization supporting the City Artist Corps Grants program. This includes board members of these organizations or an immediate family member to any of those listed.
All grant opportunities through City Artist Corps Grants will follow the same criteria:
- The proposed creative engagement activity:
- Must have an arts or creative focus
- Must be presented live and in person
- Artists with a disability and/or who are immunosuppressed for whom it is unsafe to engage in live in-person performance are welcome to apply for live digital creative engagement activities.
- Must occur in NYC (any of the five boroughs)
- Must be free to the public. Ticketed programs are eligible, but all tickets must be free.
- Can occur indoors or outdoors
- It is strongly recommended that a portion of the grant be used to support artist fees, both for the applying artist and any other artist that are engaged to support the activity
- Artists can choose to partner with a venue or present on their own
- Must be documented with a minimum of 2 photographs taken during the activity (these photos will need to be shared with your final report along with attendance numbers once the activity is completed)
- Creative engagements do not need to feature new work; they can be restaging of preexisting works / shows / exhibitions.
- As long as the activities meets this criteria, City Artist Corps Grants can be used to supplement an already established activities set to happen in the summer in NYC between the dates of July 10 to October 31, 2021.
For more information, visit https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/city-artist-corps-grants