BAC Grants support Brooklyn-based cultural projects by individual artists, collectives, artist-nonprofit partnerships and small nonprofits that enrich the cultural life of the borough. For a primer on our application process, review our For Applicants page.
Below are some frequently asked questions about our funding process. Content categories are in this order:
Q: What is your funding timeline?
BAC Grants are awarded on an annual basis. Info sessions take place late summer; Deadlines are in the fall for project proposals that take place in the following calendar year. Applicants are notified in January, and funds are released in March.
Q: When will we find out if we got funded?
All applicants will receive notifications early January.
Q: If we’re funded when will we get the check?
Funds are released in March, at our annual BAC Grant Ceremony.
Q: How can I find out if I'm eligible?
Review the Eligibility Guidelines posted on the website and attend an info session.
Q: Do I have to be a nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor to apply?
No. Individual artists are eligible to apply to our Brooklyn Arts Fund program without a fiscal sponsor.
Q: What sort of projects do you fund?
We fund arts and culture projects with a public component in all disciplines and styles, in all genres, all across the borough.
Q: What do you mean by "Public"?
The project needs to be open and accessible to a Brooklyn audience and/or community. Projects intended solely for a membership or club are not eligible.
Q: Does the public component of my project have to be free?
No. Events can be free, ticketed, or donation-based. Fundraisers, however, are ineligible.
Q: Does my project have to take place in Brooklyn?
Yes. The funds we allocate are public, from the city and state, and very specifically intended to benefit the Brooklyn public.
Q: What if my project takes place across boroughs?
We are only able to support the aspects of the project that take place in Brooklyn, for a Brooklyn public.
Q: What if I work in, but don't live in Brooklyn?
You may be eligible to apply to our Local Arts Support program with an eligible Brooklyn-based fiscal sponsor.
Q: Where should I apply if my project isn't in Brooklyn?
Every NYC borough has an arts council that grants city and state funds through programs similar to ours. The NYC local arts councils are:
Most local arts council grant programs require residency in the borough you are applying in and require you to do your project in that borough.
Q: How do I apply?
Application materials (narrative questions and budget form) are on the programs' webpages. Applicants must review all materials before beginning an application.
Q: I started an application. Where did it go?
BAC application forms are hosted by Submittable. Your drafts are saved in your account there for 21 days. Please note that BAC cannot see drafts of applications.
Q: I've never applied for a grant before. A little help?
Attend the info session! Most people find them super helpful. You can also check out our Applicant resources page for additional help.
Q: How can I find my elected official information?
We've prepared a NYC Data page for getting all kinds of municipal data via our Applicant Resources page.
Q: What discipline should I apply under?
We've prepared a panel discipline and project type guide, found via our Applicant Resources page.
Q: Which grant should I apply for?
If after reviewing the eilgibility guidelines and attending an info session, you're not sure which grant to apply to, email us at email@example.com.
Q: Do I have to attend an info session?
Yes. New applicants and those that have not received funding for 2 years are required to attend. All applicants are strongly encouraged. Keep in mind that most unsuccessful applicants did not attend an info session, whether or not they are past grantees.
Q: Will you offer an online info session?
Yes, it will be posted late August. While it can be a useful refresher or a good primer for experienced grant writers, it's still highly suggested that you try to attend one in person.
Q: I've unsuccessfully applied in the past; can I get my panel notes?
Due to limited staff capacity, we are only able to offer panel notes from January - March.
Q: What are my chances of getting funded?
Last year, about 25% of our applicants received funding on some level. The average grant size was $2,600; 8% of our grantees were fully funded.
Q: How do you make the funding decisions?
BAC makes its funding decisions via a process of peer panel review. Last year’s panel list is here. You can read more about our panel process and nominate a colleague for service on the How We Fund section of the website.
Q: Who are your grantees?
A full list of last year’s grantees broken down by program and discipline is here.
Q: What are my responsibilities if I get funded?
Grantee responsibilities are outlined in the For Current Grantees section of the website.
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