Infrastructure Grants are multi-year grants to improve an aspect of an organization’s operations without requiring the addition of new staff positions. The project request should be driven by a business or strategic plan. Funding in this category may support a software upgrade (e.g., fundraising, financial, or marketing analytics), hardware, web site upgrade, marketing campaign, redesign brand image, sales and inventory management, capital improvements and accessibility improvements, among other examples, as well as the implementation costs associated with the project.
In addition to eligibility requirements and restrictions, organizations must also observe the following criteria:
|Size of Grant||Grants will range up to $250,000. Grant requests may be no more than 50% of the organization’s overall budget.|
|Length of Grant||Two years.|
|Matching Requirement||UMEZ will support up to 75% of the project budget. The balance must be covered by the organization through actual (not in-kind) income and expense.|
|Minimum Annual Operating Budget||$100,000.|
|Application Deadline||LOIs are considered on a rolling basis, but the project start date should be approximately one year away.|
|Filing and Financial Requirements||Organizations must be tax-exempt under IRS Code section 501(c)(3). Applicants will be required to submit the last three years of audited or reviewed financial statements (based on NYS requirements) and the last three years of IRS 990 Forms.|
|Staffing Requirements||Organizations must have at least one full-time staff member.|
|Board Requirements||Organizations must have an active, functioning Board of Directors. Organizations will be required to have a 100% board giving rate over the course of a UMEZ grant.|
|Programming Requirements||Organizations must have at least three years of cultural programming in Upper Manhattan.|
|Fund Disbursement||Funds are disbursed in installments based on project expenses. 10% of the total funding amount is withheld as a reimbursement pending the final project report.|
UMEZ does not provide funds for an organization’s ongoing general operations. To learn more about how this works with this type of grant, click here.
Applicants to this category must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management. The following is an approximate timeline for receiving a Infrastructure Grant: