Announcing $5,000 City Artist Corps Grants For Artists From Harlem To Hollis

June 7, 2021

Dear Community:

We are proud to announce the launch of City Artist Corps Grants, a new $5,000 grant program offered by NYFA and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

City Artist Corps Grants, funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year, will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists who will engage the public with art activities across New York City’s five boroughs beginning this July.

The grants, which will be awarded over three award cycles, are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Click here to view full application guidelines.


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Please share this link and encourage any New York City-based individual artists to apply. Applications for Cycle 1 open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM EDT and will close on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 AM EDT.

Visit NYFA’s website for the dates of future award cycles.

Artists can use the grant to create new work or phases of work or restage preexisting creative activities across any discipline.

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 is engaged to support the project.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have maintained residency in New York City since January 2020.

Public creative engagements must have art or creative focus and be staged in front of a live audience in New York City free of charge.

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.

Types of eligible projects might include such activities as live music, dance, theatre, literary reading performance; an in-person art-making workshop with community members; and a public screening of a film or other media work.

For all cycles, artists will be screened for eligibility, and grant recipients will be selected by lottery.

Thank You,

Gabriella Calandro
Director of NYFA Grants and Curatorial Affairs

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