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. 

  Instructions: Please complete all sections, attaching additional pages as necessary. 

This is an online form where you're asked to attach your signed contract(s) and the W-9 form of the grant payee. If you prefer to mail or hand-deliver your W-9 to the Brooklyn Arts Council office (20 Jay Street, Suite 616, Brooklyn, NY 11201), please let us know at ekwon@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

If you received both a Brooklyn Arts Fund Award and a Local Arts Support Award, upload the signed contract for both awards on this form.

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.

Feel free to contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 x227 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

Thank you for contributing a work of art to Brooklyn Arts Council’s AccessArt Benefit Art Sale. The exhibit will be on view at Usagi from Monday, October 22 through Thursday, October 25, with the event that evening.

AccessArt will help raise vital funds for Brooklyn Arts Council’s programs and services, including grants to artists, exhibition opportunities, professional development workshops, and more

Artwork Instructions:

  • 2-D pieces only
  • No larger than 60" x 60"
  • Must arrive ready-to-hang

You may drop off your donated artwork between Monday, September 17 and Monday, October 15 at BAC's offices at 20 Jay Street, Suite 616 in DUMBO, during regular office hours (M-F, 10AM-6PM). Please call (718-625-0080 ext 228) or email (accessart@brooklynartscouncil.org) us first so we know to expect you.

Thank you for again for supporting Brooklyn Arts Council with your donated artwork! 

Use this form to request a project extension or cancellation. A member of the BAC Grants Department will contact you to let you know whether or not your project changes have been approved.

Feel free to contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.



Use this form to submit your 2017 Community Arts Grants final report(s) if you received one award (either Brooklyn Arts Fund or Local Arts Support) OR if you received both a Brooklyn Arts Fund Award and a Local Arts Support Award for the same project.

If you received both a Brooklyn Arts Fund Award and a Local Arts Support Award and those awards are for different projects, please complete both this form and the 2017 BAC Community Arts Grants Second Award Final Report form.

Please contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

DUE: 30 days after project end date; no later than Friday, January 15, 2018

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. If your event has not occurred, you can print out the Final Report Worksheet from our website and bring to your event, if applicable. Otherwise, provide as accurate an assessment as possible.
  • Supplemental financial, marketing documentation. This should include: 
    • Copies of receipts, cancelled checks or paid invoices documenting how funds were spent, totaling the grant amount.
    • 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.

Feel free to contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.





Use this form to submit your 2018 Community Arts Grants final report(s) if you received one award (either Brooklyn Arts Fund, Local Arts Support, or Charlene Victor and Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrepreneur Fund) OR if you received both a Brooklyn Arts Fund Award and a Local Arts Support Award for the same project.

If you received both a Brooklyn Arts Fund Award and a Local Arts Support Award and those awards are for different projects, please complete both this form and the 2018 BAC Community Arts Grants Second Award Final Report form.

Please contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

DUE: 30 days after project end date; no later than Friday, January 15, 2019

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. If your event has not occurred, you can print out the Final Report Worksheet from our website and bring to your event, if applicable. Otherwise, provide as accurate an assessment as possible.
  • Supplemental financial, marketing documentation. This should include: 
    • Copies of receipts, cancelled checks or paid invoices documenting how funds were spent, totaling the grant amount.
    • 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.

Feel free to contact the Grants Department at 718.625.0080 or grants@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

BAC Grant applications are submitted through forms available at brooklynartscouncil.org. Please note that the forms are hosted by Submittable. Applicants are required to create a Submittable account if they do not have one already. This online software allows applicants to save and edit drafts before submitting, and maintain a record of all form submissions to BAC. 

Application questions are below for reference. All fields are required unless otherwise indicated. Answers that exceed the word count will be cut off. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on the day of the deadline. Forms will not be re-opened on or after deadline day.

Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 11:59pm.  

*Applicants must download and review all application materials from brooklynartscouncil.org prior to beginning an application. All applications must be submitted online. 


Request: $1,500 

Applicant eligibility*: Brooklyn-based 501c3 cultural organizations with a general operating budget of $500,000 or under.

Project eligibility*: Direct costs related to the design, production and distribution of an organizational brochure or identity piece, or a program-specific flyer or postcard. 


Funding priorities

This award supports the marketing efforts of Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations whose primary mission is to provide arts and cultural activities open to the general public. Awards of $1,500 will be granted for the creation, production and distribution of print promotional materials that represent the awardee organization’s artistic and cultural activities. 

Funding priority will be given to organizations with a demonstrated history and commitment to reaching a diverse Brooklyn audience, ability to execute the project, and projected reach of distribution plan with a focus on tourism throughout the borough. 

Funding made possible by the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation. 


Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete guidelines and a downloadable PDF of application questions, for your reference. 

Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 

*Applicants must download and review all application materials from brooklynartscouncil.org prior to beginning an application. All applications must be submitted online. 

Request: $2,000-$5,000
Applicant eligibility*: Brooklyn-based artists, artist collectives and Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations that do not receive funding directly from DCLA are invited to apply.
Project eligibility*: High-quality local performing, visual, literary, interdisciplinary and/or multi-disciplinary arts projects that engage a diverse array of Brooklyn’s communities. All proposals must show other sources of income for at least 10% of the overall budget. 


Funding priorities

This program is appropriate for arts and culture makers developing projects that contribute to the rich creative experiences that engage audiences all across the borough. Competitive applicants will clearly identify the audience they strive to reach, and articulate how the project’s outcome(s) will impact the cultural life of the borough. Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations and individual artists with Brooklyn residency may apply directly to this program. Program areas of funding include: dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts literary arts, multi-disciplinary projects, music/opera, theater/musical theater, performing arts community education and visual arts/crafts.

Funding is made possible through the generous support of the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete guidelines and a downloadable PDF of application questions, for your reference.

In order to apply, you will need to scroll down and create an account with Submittable if you do not already have one. Your BAC log-in information will not work on Submittable.

Technical Issues with the online application form or questions about logging onto Submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 

*Applicants must download and review all application materials from brooklynartscouncil.org prior to beginning an application. All applications must be submitted online. 

Request: $2,000-$5,000 

Applicant eligibility*: Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations and 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 FY2018 funding. 

Project eligibility*: High-quality local performing, visual, literary, interdisciplinary and/or multi-disciplinary arts projects that engage a diverse array of Brooklyn’s communities. 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.

Funding priorities

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.  

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

Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete guidelines and a downloadable PDF of application questions, for your reference.

In order to apply, you will need to scroll down and create an account with Submittable if you do not already have one. Your BAC log-in information will not work on Submittable.

Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into Submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. Other questions can be directed to the Grants Department at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org. 

Refer to application instructions and selection criteria (http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/files/downloads/Performing_App_Instructions.pdf) before beginning application. We highly recommend that you compose your answers offline and copy/paste them into the online form so that you have your work backed up if there is a technical issue.  Please note, the online form will not accept formatting such as bulleted lists or boldface or italics. Composing your answers in a basic text editing program (such as Notepad or Text Editor) instead of from a word processing program (like Word or Pages) will avoid this issue. Questions with an asterisk  *  are required.

BAC accepts and reviews applications year-round on a rolling basis. Please note that you will be asked to include a cover letter, resume, sample lesson plan, and work samples of your professional and student work. Questions with an asterisk * are required.

Application Deadlines:  March 30, June 30, September 30, and December 31  

Brooklyn Arts Council's Arts+ Innovation Incubator is a fiscal sponsorship program for individual artists and emerging cultural organizations for cultural work that have strong artistic merit and aligns with BAC’s mission to enrich the cultural life of the borough. Ideal candidates have the ability to articulate a feasible need for fiscal sponsorship and how it will benefit their fundraising and organizational capacity. 

BAC members of the Arts+ Innovation Incubator (fiscal sponsees) generally fit into one of the following categories:  

  • Artistic projects executed by New York City-based individual artists or collectives. Projects can take place in Brooklyn or elsewhere; 
  • Artistic  projects that are undertaken by individual artists or collectives, who are not Brooklyn-based, but take place in Brooklyn or benefit Brooklyn residents;      
  • Activities of Brooklyn-based cultural organizations that are in the process of incorporating as nonprofits; 
  • Specific  cultural projects undertaken by for-profit organizations that are mission-driven in nature and demonstrate strong benefit to Brooklyn residents. 

BAC Arts+ Innovation Incubator contracts are announced on a quarterly basis for either annual or two year agreements, depending on the project and scope of work.  

Application Review Criteria:

A BAC staff panel will review fiscal sponsorship applications with the following criteria in mind: 

  • Artistic merit;
  • Feasibility of project/organization description, budget, and fundraising plan;
  • Demonstrated benefit to the Brooklyn and/or New York City community (includes a public benefit component);
  • Ability for capacity building.

Application Requirements:

  • Projects and emerging organizations must have a minimum budget of $5,000; 
  • Student projects are not eligible. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program;
  • Applicant must have a US Social Security Number or federally registered EIN number;
  • Projects must be non-profit in nature with a measurable public benefit (i.e. screening, talks, performances, exhibitions, workshops, etc.); 
  • Applications may be in any artistic discipline, genre, or medium. 

How to Apply:   

Before beginning an online application, review the program guidelines and application questions on brooklynartscouncil.org. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis, with deadline on March 30, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Applicants will be notified of application status within 30 days of deadline. If any questions arise, contact BAC at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

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