Funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund supports local arts organizations and artists that have little access to other government funding sources. The program seeks to provide small grants for arts projects and local artists serving Manhattan communities. An MCAF grant is often one of the first grants an artist or group receives, and can help grant recipients to eventually leverage financial support from other sources. The program is designed to prepare applicants for the process of obtaining public funds.
The program awards grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations such as arts organizations, social service agencies, senior centers, faith-based organizations, folk societies, and cultural centers. Applicant organizations must have operating budgets under $100,000 for two of the last three fiscal years. Individual artists must live in Manhattan. Unincorporated and collaborative groups must show a minimum of a three-year working relationship, and an artistic lead residing in Manhattan must apply on behalf of the group. Ongoing or new projects in any artistic discipline are eligible.
First-time applicants and returning applicants who have not attended an information session on the program in the past three years (prior to 2007) are required to attend an information session to be eligible.
Visit the LMCC Web site for application guidelines and information session details.