Manhattan Arts Grants

Better Chinatown USA, "Yi Dance", 2017. COurtesy of Dance Parade Inc., Creative Engagement Grantee 2017. Photo credit: Suzie Samuels.
Better Chinatown USA, "Yi Dance", 2017. COurtesy of Dance Parade Inc., Creative Engagement Grantee 2017. Photo credit: Suzie Samuels.

About Manhattan Arts Grants

A trusted regrantor of public funds for the arts within New York City, LMCC offers over a million dollars per year to Manhattan-based artists, arts groups and community-focused organizations to engage local communities through rich artistic experiences – on stages, in exhibitions, classrooms, recreation rooms, and public spaces.

With support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts, LMCC’s Creative Engagement and Creative Learning programs provide technical support to applicants and awards of up to $8,000 to enable hundreds of arts projects in all disciplines, serving communities from Inwood to The Battery.

With support from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, LMCC launched UMEZ Arts Engagement in December 2017 to provide technical support to applicants and awards of up to $10,000 to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan.

Our grants are often among the first awards an artist or group receives and can help recipients to leverage additional support from other sources. Recommendations for awards are made through a juried selection process comprising artists and arts leaders whose expertise reflects the cultural and creative diversity of Manhattan.

To learn more about available grants and to RSVP for an info session, visit the Creative Engagement, Creative Learning, and UMEZ Arts Engagement pages below!

Creative Engagement

Creative Engagement provides seed grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. 

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Creative Learning

Creative Learning supports and develops the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and programming to participants.

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UMEZ Arts Engagement

UMEZ Arts Engagement provides grants to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. 

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Programs History

Can't find a grant that you heard about? It may have ended. Read about past programs here!