Since 1983, LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants have supported Manhattan-based artists, arts groups and community-focused organizations in sharing rich arts activities with the public. These projects have been integral to the cultural vibrancy and arts-driven resiliency of our borough. In 2021 the arts will once again be essential to the enlivening of our public spaces, strengthening of our social ties, and the health of our neighborhoods. In this spirit, the 2021 Manhattan Arts Grants are designed to support Manhattan artists and organizations in accessing public funds for presentations that are responsive to the needs and safety of our local communities and to amplify the cultural breadth and identity of our city.
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 $9,000 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's UMEZ Arts Engagement program provides 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.