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City Artist Corps Grants
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City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities. The program is administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and in partnership with re-grant and arts service organizations including Dance/NYC. The program is distributing one-time $5,000 grants to over 3,000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer from July 10 through October 31, 2021. Artists working in any discipline were eligible to apply.

Applications and grant announcements rolled out over the summer in three cycles:

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Application submission:
June 8 to June 22, 2021
Appliction submission:
July 6 to July 20, 2021
Application submission:
July 27 to August 10, 2021
Engagements from July 10 to October 31, 2021 Engagements from August 20 to October 31, 2021 Engagements from September 3 to October 31, 2021
Recipients notified on Friday, July 2, 2021 Recipients notified on Monday, August 2, 2021 Recipients notified on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Dance/NYC’s role in the program is in partnership with NYFA and other arts service organizations to support outreach, provide technical assistance for prospective applicants, and inform the grantee selection process in service of the city’s diverse cultural communities. Partners include: A.R.T./New YorkAsian American Arts AllianceBlack Public MediaBronx Council on the ArtsBronxDocumentary CenterBrooklyn Arts CouncilFirelight MediaFlushing Town HallIndie Theater FundLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilMakerspace NYCNew Music USAPoets & Writers, and Staten Island Arts.


  • Creative Engagement Activites

  • Reporting

    • All grant recipients need to submit a final report by November 12, 2021. Reporting link and requirements forthcoming.

    • All funded creative engagement activities must be visually documented with a minimum of 2 photographs taken during the activity, with documentation provided in the final report.

  • Funds Distribution 

    • Installment 1 $4,000 – on selection

    • Installment 2 $1,000 – on successful completion of the final report.

Related Resources:
Call for Proposals (June 8 - August 10, 2021)
Coronavirus Preparedness Resources
Additional City Artist Corps Grant Information (NYFA)

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