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. 

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 with any questions.

Refer to application instructions and selection criteria ( 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 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, you can contact a member of our Grants and Services team:

Erin Carr, Grants and Services Coordinator:, 718-625-0080 x227

Ayoka Wiles-Abel, Director of Programs and Strategy:, 718-625-0080 x236

Brooklyn Arts Council