Manhattan Community Arts Fund 2015

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) is a local arts funding program that provides seed grants to individual artists, collectives and small arts organizations for projects and activities that will enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. An MCAF grant is often one of the first grants an artist or group receives, and can help grant recipients leverage financial support from other sources. Each year, the program awards over $230,000 to support over 120 arts projects, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more.

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) was established in 1983 as part of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund to support projects that are not able to access city arts funding directly. LMCC administers MCAF for the borough of Manhattan.

MCAF makes grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations. The program supports performing, literary, media, and visual arts projects with a public component that is accessible to and engages Manhattan communities. Individual artists may apply directly to MCAF without a fiscal sponsor.