UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant

PHOTO: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance / Photo: Reynaldo Garcia Pantaleon

PHOTO: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance / Photo: Reynaldo Garcia Pantaleon

The UMEZ Arts Engagement grants program is designed to enhance the diversity and frequency of cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. Grants are made to support artist-driven projects and organizations with budgets under $750,000 to make their work more widely available to the public. Unlike other UMEZ grants, applicants to the UMEZ Arts Engagement grants may request funds to support programming and general operations.

To administer this program, UMEZ is partnering with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), which is the Manhattan-based regrantor of funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

AN OVERVIEW

  • Size of Grant: Grants are expected to range from $1,000 to $10,000.
     
  • Length of Grant: One year. Grantees may apply for funds for three consecutive years before taking one year off from funding.
     
  • Matching Requirement: Grantees must show evidence or intent to obtain at least 25% of the project budget, either through income or in-kind donations and services.
     
  • Minimum Annual Operating Budget: No minimum budget. Organizations applying to this grant may not have an annual operating budget larger than $750,000.
     
  • Application Deadline: For projects taking place from July 1 - December 31, 2018, the deadline is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5pm.
     
  • Filing and Financial Requirements: If incorporated, organizations must submit the last IRS 990. If the organization filed a 990N or IRS filing is not available for the most recently completed fiscal year, an itemized financial statement signed by the organization’s treasurer, bookkeeper, or accountant, or an audited statement should be submitted. Individual artists or collectives must submit a financial statement for a completed project they have managed, preferably within the last four years, and of similar scale to the proposed project. The statement must reflect actual income and expenses.
     
  • Staffing Requirements: Must have one identified leader. All participating professional artists must be guaranteed a fee, indicated in the project budget.
     
  • Board Requirements: If incorporated, must have an active, functioning board of directors.
     
  • Programming Requirements: Applicants must have at least two years of programming activity within the past four years. All UMEZ-funded programs must take place in Upper Manhattan.
     
  • Fund Disbursement: Funds will be disbursed in July 2018.
     

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Capacity Grant

PHOTO: Classical Theatre of Harlem Production of the Three Musketeers / Photo: Jill Jones

PHOTO: Classical Theatre of Harlem Production of the Three Musketeers / Photo: Jill Jones

Capacity Grants are multi-year, matching grants for organizations that are expanding their staff and operations, based on a strategic plan for growth. Requests may be made to execute selected portions of an organization’s strategic plan or other long-term effort to expand and strengthen the organization’s resources. Funding in this category may support new, non-program staff positions and consultancies; components of new fundraising, marketing, and/or earned income initiatives; and capital projects.

 

AN OVERVIEW

  • Size of Grant: Multi-year grants will range up to $750,000. Grant requests may be no more than 50% of the organization’s overall budget.
     
  • Length of Grant: Three years.
     
  • Matching Requirement: One-to-one (e.g., a request for a $300,000 grant will need to have a total project budget of at least $600,000). No in-kind expenses or in-kind matching funds are allowed.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Funding Timeline: Click here for a sample timeline.
UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.   Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.

UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.
 

Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.

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Infrastructure Grant

PHOTO: Jazzmobile / Photo: Hubert Williams

PHOTO: Jazzmobile / Photo: Hubert Williams

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.

 

AN OVERVIEW

  • 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.
     
  • Funding Timeline: Click here for a sample timeline.
UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.   Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.  

UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.
 

Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.
 

Want to apply, find out about eligibility and restrictions, contact us, etc.?

 

Technical Assistance Grant

PHOTO: HarlemStage / Photo: Marc Millman

PHOTO: HarlemStage / Photo: Marc Millman

Technical Assistance Grants allow organizations to work with a consultant to address a specific issue or challenge. Technical Assistance Grant projects are self-determined; organizations may seek expertise in fundraising, marketing, governance, business plan development, or similar critical needs. A Technical Assistance Grant may prepare the recipient to apply for a Capacity Grant or Infrastructure Grant. Grantees will work with UMEZ staff to develop a consultant proposal based on the organization's specific needs, and to make a selection from among a list of pre-approved consultants.

 

AN OVERVIEW

  • Size of Grant: Grants are expected to range from $20,000 to $50,000.
     
  • Length of Grant: One year or less.
     
  • Matching Requirement: None.
     
  • Minimum Annual Operating Budget: $100,000
     
  • Application Deadline: LOIs are considered on a rolling basis.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Programming Requirements: Organizations must have at least three years of cultural programming in Upper Manhattan.
     
  • Fund Disbursement: Funds are disbursed directly to the consultant working on the project, with regular reporting from both the consultant and the grantee.
     
  • Funding Timeline: Click here for a sample timeline.
UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.   Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.  

UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.
 

Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.
 

Want to apply, find out about eligibility and restrictions, contact us, etc.?

 

Catalyst Grant

PHOTO: National Jazz Museum in Harlem Opening Celebration with Bill Saxton Singer and Terri Davis / Photo: Richard Conde

PHOTO: National Jazz Museum in Harlem Opening Celebration with Bill Saxton Singer and Terri Davis / Photo: Richard Conde

A Catalyst Grant is a one-time matching grant to support a major cultural project undertaken by partnering organizations and/or artists in Upper Manhattan. Eligible cultural projects must have the potential to attract major visitorship and build visibility for Upper Manhattan. Catalyst Grants may support participating organizations’ and artists’ marketing, public relations, audience development, and data capture expenses, as well as administrative and artistic fees associated with the project. Partner organizations do not have to be located in Upper Manhattan, but only UMEZ-eligible organizations will be eligible to receive UMEZ funds. 

 

AN OVERVIEW

  • Size of Grant: Grants are expected to range from $25,000 to $50,000.
     
  • Length of Grant: One year or less.
     
  • Matching Requirement: One-to-one. (e.g., the lead organization requesting $50,000 from UMEZ for the project must show a total project budget of at least $100,000). No in-kind expenses or matching funds are allowed. Matching funds must be secured prior to the start of the grant.
     
  • Minimum Annual Operating Budget: $250,000 (applies to lead applicant only).
     
  • Application Deadline: LOIs are considered on a rolling basis, but the project start date must be at least six months away.
     
  • Filing and Financial Requirements: At least one participant, serving as the lead applicant, must be tax-exempt under IRS Code section 501(c)(3) and meet other UMEZ eligibility criteria. The lead applicant 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: Lead applicant must have at least one full-time staff member.
     
  • Board Requirements: Lead applicant must have an active, functioning Board of Directors.
     
  • Programming Requirements: Lead applicant 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.
     
  • Funding Timeline: Click here for a sample timeline.
UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.   Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year. Banner photo: Sugar Hill Children's Museum, Rev Melika Lee Whitney installation / Photo: Michael Palma Mir


UMEZ funds cannot be used by an organization at its discretion to cover ongoing general operating expenses such as administrative staff, office supplies, insurance, and technology. UMEZ support may only be used to support the agreed-upon project expenses for the grant. (The only exception to this is the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant program, where both administrative and program expenses may be included in the project budget.) In order to support an organization’s growth or to help an organization upgrade its infrastructure, however, UMEZ funds may be used to fund expense lines directly related to the project, even though those expenses will fall into general administrative expense lines. A completed grant request must include a multi-year planning document with budgets that show that the organization has increased its revenues and can maintain the proposed new staff position(s) as part of its general operating expenses after the UMEZ grant ends.
 

Applicants must be able to devote significant staff time to grant management and reporting. Click here for a sample of required documents. The timeline for receiving a Capacity, Infrastructure, Technical Assistance, or Catalyst grant is quite lengthy because each grant is tailored to the applicant. Organizations are encouraged to plan appropriately when requesting UMEZ funds to support a project as the application process may take up to a year.

Banner photo: Sugar Hill Children's Museum, Rev Melika Lee Whitney installation / Photo: Michael Palma Mir

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