BAC gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough. As Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We continually evaluate and evolve what we do to meet the changing times, and keep our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion when it comes to the arts in our borough.

Included here are BAC's current, live applications. Please contact Submittable directly if you have any issues with the online form. For application questions, please contact the BAC department indicated in the guidelines of the application. 

DEADLINE Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 

All applications must be submitted online.

Request: $2,000-$5,000

Funding is made possible through the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund.

Applicant eligibility: 

Brooklyn-based individual artists, collectives, non-profits and 501c3 organizations

Organizations are ineligible if they have applied for funding from the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs for FY23 or have budgets over $100K for 2 of the last 3 fiscal years.

Brooklyn Arts Council cannot be the sole funder for proposed projects.

Please make sure to show that you can cover at least 10% of your project's expenses with funds or support from other sources (either cash or in-kind).

Funding priorities

Competitive projects will:

  • demonstrate the ability to identify the BK community it strives to engage
  • include a clear, realistic timeline that demonstrates the ability to complete the project to scope within the calendar year 2023
  • detail engagement of experienced and appropriate personnel, including appropriateness of nonprofit partner
  • share plans to promote the project

*BAC strongly supports the payment of artist fees that are field and project appropriate. 

 Review Criteria

Taking into account the specific goal of this program, panels recommend funding according to the following equally important criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposed project
  • Quality and clarity of application narrative and budget
  • Demonstrated community support for and interest in the project
  • Audience benefit to be derived from the project
  • Non-duplication of similar project in type of programming, geographic area, and/or community served
  • Clearly defined ability to successfully complete the project

Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete Guidelines, sign up for our BAC Newsletter while you're there, and follow us on Social Media to stay up-to-date on Info Sessions, etc!    

Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

DEADLINE Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022
All applications must be submitted online. 

Request: $2,000-$5,000 

Funding is made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Applicant eligibility*: Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations or NYC-based artists working in partnership with Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations are invited to apply. Applicants and organizational partners may not have applied directly to NYSCA for FY2023 funding. **A NYSCA-grantee cannot serve as a fiscal sponsor for LAS**

Funding priorities
Competitive projects will: 

  • demonstrate the ability to identify the BK community it strives to engage
  • include a clear, realistic timeline that demonstrates the ability to complete the project to scope within the calendar year 2023
  • detail engagement of experienced and appropriate personnel, including appropriateness of nonprofit partner
  • share plans to promote the project 

*BAC strongly supports the payment of artist fees that are field and project appropriate.  

Review Criteria
Taking into account the specific goal of this program, panels recommend funding according to the following equally important criteria: 

  • Artistic merit of the proposed project
  • Quality and clarity of application narrative and budget
  • Demonstrated community support for and interest in the project 
  • Audience benefit to be derived from the project 
  • Non-duplication of similar project in type of programming, geographic area, and/or community served 
  • Clearly defined ability to successfully complete the project 

Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete Guidelines, sign up for our BAC Newsletter while you're there, and follow us on Social Media to stay up-to-date on Info Sessions, etc!

Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 16, 2022 by midnight
*All applications must be submitted online.

Request: $2,500

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Who can apply?

  • Residents of Brooklyn (Kings County)
  • Brooklyn-based women individual artists and arts administrators
  • Current grantees that have not submitted a final report because their other BAC project(s) are in progress
  • Women with disabilities and/or veterans

Who CAN’T apply?

  • Applicants who received BAC funding in a previous year, but failed to submit a Final Report, are ineligible
  • no 501c 3 nonprofit organizations, community service groups, senior centers, educational organizations, etc.

What is the grant term?

  • All funded professional development activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023. Final report must be completed by January 15, 2024.

CHARLENE VICTOR & ELLA J. WEISS CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR FUND DOES NOT SUPPORT:

  • Requests to organize and lead professional development for other people - the award is only for the applicant's professional development
  • General operating expenses
  • Expenses related to the operation of privately-owned facilities, such as homes and studios
  • Scholarships or fellowships to universities, colleges and schools, endowments, or religious endeavors
  • Property or mortgage payments, capital expenses such as building construction, renovation, addition of signage on a building, venue, or studio improvements to make it ADA compliant, etc.
  • Major expenditures for the establishment of a new organization
  • Administrative costs unrelated to the proposed professional development activities
  • Major equipment purchases unrelated to the proposed professional development activities
  • Expenses related to one-time productions and artistic projects
  • Please note: Budget requests above the $2,500 award amount will be considered ineligible.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Priority will be given to women individual artists and arts administrators whose primary mission is to provide arts and cultural programs at the community level, that are responsive to their constituency, with a history of service to Brooklyn.

The review panel will designate awards according to the following equally important criteria:

  • Clarity of the professional development activities and budget
  • Demonstrated community interest and passionate advocacy for the cultural life of the borough; proven track record in their community
  • Realistic planning; clearly defined ability to execute the professional development activities; ability to set and accomplish specific, attainable goals and to define success for the proposed activities

Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete Guidelines, sign up for our BAC Newsletter while you're there, and follow us on Social Media to stay up-to-date on Info Sessions, etc!

Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/. 

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.  

Creative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, Sustainability + Performing Arts

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 16, 2022
*All applications must be submitted online. 

Supported by The Howard Gilman Foundation

GRANT AMOUNT: $10K each for 21 Grantees; For Brooklyn-based performing artists and small performing arts organizations dedicating their creativity to social justice.

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS GRANT?

To build the capacity of social practice artists and small arts organizations and to amplify models of cultural interventions for justice.

WHO CAN APPLY?

We are launching this track with a focus on performing artists and performing arts organizations with annual operating budgets of up to $250,000.

Note: can also include arts-focused work of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, collectives, community service groups, senior centers, youth organizations, etc.

  • Applicants must be residents of Brooklyn (Kings County) or base their practice/work in Brooklyn and provide proof of Kings County residence or operations.
  • Applicants seeking funding for General Operating Support must show at least three years of work history in the social justice issues space of their choosing.
  • Applicants can be: 
  1. Individuals. Applying under a fiscal sponsor is optional and will not affect a proposal’s competitiveness. Sponsors must have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status and be incorporated within the five boroughs of NYC.
  2. Small-budget Performing Arts Organizations. 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization (federal designation),  Incorporated non-profit organization (registered with the State as a non-profit), Unincorporated arts group or collective (the group must designate one lead artist or administrator to be an individual applicant and serve as primary contact), Organizations with operating budgets less than $250,000 


PROPOSALS WILL BE CONSIDERED USING THE FOLLOWING:

ARTISTIC MERIT

Communal Meaning; Commitment; Coherence; Technical Skill; Non-Duplication; New Questions/New Idea(s)/Distinct Perspective(s); Quality; and Clarity

PROCESS

Disruption/Innovation; Resourceful; Sustainable; Connective; Engagement; Community Support; Ability to Complete

IMPACT

Stickiness; Equity; Justice; Sustainable; Capacity; Access; Amplification; Community Support; Service; Issue-Based Metric


Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete Guidelines, sign up for our BAC newsletter while you're there, and follow us on Social Media to stay informed about Info Sessions!   Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

Creative Equations Fund: Cultural Heritage & Diversity + Dance

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 16, 2022
*All applications must be submitted online. 

Supported by Mertz Gilmore Foundation

GRANT AMOUNT: $10K each for 4 Cultural Heritage Dance Practitioners or Researchers

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS GRANT?
To support Dance Diversity by focusing on Cultural Heritage Dance practitioners.
Empower Artists. Disrupt Exclusion. Amplify Diversity. Center Cultural Equity.
These grants will be given to Cultural Heritage Dance Practitioners in four sub-categories:

  • Immigration
  • Preservation
  • Innovation
  • Research


WHO CAN APPLY?

Cultural Heritage Dancers, Choreographers, and Dance Researchers.

  • Applicants must be residents of Brooklyn (Kings County) or base their practice/work in Brooklyn and provide proof of Kings County residence or operations
  • Individuals
  • 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization (federal designation)
  • Incorporated non-profit organization (state designation)
  • Unincorporated arts group or collective (choose one lead artist or administrator to serve as primary contact)
  • Organizations with operating budgets over $250,000 are ineligible
  • Applying under a fiscal sponsor is optional and will not affect a proposal’s competitiveness. Sponsors must have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status and be incorporated within the five boroughs of NYC


PROPOSALS WILL BE CONSIDERED USING THE FOLLOWING:

ARTISTIC MERIT

Communal Meaning; Commitment; Coherence; Technical Skill; Non-Duplication; New Questions/New Idea(s)/Distinct Perspective(s); Quality; and Clarity

PROCESS

Disruption/Innovation; Resourceful; Sustainable; Connective; Engagement; Community Support; Ability to Complete

IMPACT

Stickiness; Equity; Justice; Sustainable; Capacity; Access; Amplification; Community Support; Service; Issue-Based Metric 


Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete Guidelines, sign up for our BAC newsletter while you're there, and follow us on Social Media to stay informed about Info Sessions!   Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

Please fill out this short form if you are interested in serving as a Grant Panelist for our 2023 Cycle. 

We also encourage you to send this form to other folks you feel would make great Panelists - we want to reach a wide range of arts & culture experts throughout Brooklyn. This is a great learning opportunity for artists who have been/would like to be Grantees...we'll try to find a panelist slot in a fund you are not applying to so you can benefit from this professional development opportunity!  

Deadline: October 20, 2022

Early submissions are encouraged, but Nominations after that date will still be accepted and reviewed in the case there is still a need. 


Panel nominees should be reliable individuals with a commitment to the arts, knowledge of Brooklyn communities, and expertise in an artistic discipline, arts administration, or community arts programming.

BAC strives to appoint panels that are diverse in terms of ethnicity, gender, age, culture, geographic representation, and artistic focus.  Because of the need to form well-balanced panels, we may not be able to consider all the qualified people who are nominated.

Panelist duties include:

- Reviewing a Panelist Training Video & Handbook; submitting paperwork for payment 

- Scoring of 15-45 applications (scores due one week before Panel Day)

- Participation in group review during day-long panel meeting with 2-6 other panelists (most likely on Zoom)

- Availability during late October '22 - January '23


Panelists receive:

- Honorarium ranging from $75-$150, dependent on # of applications reviewed

- Public recognition of panel service and an invitation to the annual Grantee Celebration


Questions? Email lnordvig@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

Submit this form to share information about your project with Brooklyn Arts Council's Grants and Communications teams.

We can use this to schedule posts about your project through our social media accounts.

If you would like us to share in advance about a specific performance, exhibition, or presentation date, please submit 3 weeks in advance so there is time to schedule accordingly.

Use this form to submit your 2022 Final Report(s). 

If you received multiple awards for different projects, please fill out this form for each project.

Please contact Lauren Nordvig, Programs Manager, at lnordvig@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

DUE: 30 days after project end date; no later than end-of-day January 15, 2023 (unless you've applied for an Extension)

To complete your Final Report, you will need:

  • Project Budget excel file on which you submitted your Application and Project Revision budgets. You can find your application by logging into your Submittable account and clicking on ‘Submissions.’ Your budget should be downloadable from either your Application or your Change of Scope form. Your final report is not considered complete until your final budget is uploaded.
  • Audience attendance numbers and demographics. Provide as accurate an assessment as possible and you can use data from digital offerings as well (# of views, shares, new website traffic, etc). 
  • Supplemental financial, marketing documentation. This should include:      
  • A Cover Sheet indicating exactly what BAC funds were used for and showing how your math adds up to the total BAC grant amount. [These amounts are listed in your Grant Agreement(s)].
  • Copies of receipts, cancelled checks, or paid invoices to artists documenting how funds were spent are optional, but recommended for your own accounting practices         
    • Copies of any publicity/promotional material from the project (flyers, postcards, etc.)  To complete this form, you must be logged into your Submittable account  – the one with which you applied.
       

     

Please note that you must click 'Apply Now' in order for us to view your form. We cannot view forms saved as drafts.

Use this form to request an Extension if you will not be able to complete your project in 2022. 

A member of the BAC Grants Department will contact you to let you know whether or not your project changes have been approved. If approved, you'll have until March 15th 2023 to complete your public component, and until March 30th to turn in your Final Report.

Feel free to contact Lauren Nordvig, Programs Manager at lnordvig@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.



 

Thank you for providing this vital information on your SU-CASA 2021 Residency. This data will be shared with Department of Cultural Affairs and other city agencies to demonstrate the impact of arts programs for older Brooklynites. This final report is due on or before July 9.

2022 Destination>Brooklyn Final Reports are due by January 15, 2023 or 30 days after your project end date (listed in the Acceptance Form).

Please contact grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.   

Brooklyn Arts Council