Local Arts Support

The 2020 Community Arts Grants application cycle will open in summer 2019.

Information from the 2019 cycle will remain live for reference, until the next cycle's materials are available.

Spellbound Theater, "Family Outreach Programs". Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations, Brooklyn-based individual artists, and NYC-based individual artists working in partnership with Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 for community-based arts projects. In 2018, Local Arts Support distributed over $110,000 to 29 projects across the borough.

Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), this program is appropriate for nonprofit organizations and artist-nonprofit partnerships developing high-quality local arts projects and programs that focus on community engagement.  Competitive applicants will demonstrate the ability to identify the community they strive to engage, articulate proposed methods of engagement, and provide a thoughtful assessment of anticipated outcomes.

Eligibility Guidelines (Updated for 2019!)

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Application Questions

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Project Budget Form

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Info Sessions

New applicants and applicants who have not received a BAC Grant since the 2016 funding cycle are REQUIRED to attend an information session in order to be eligible. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Register and access the Online Info Session here.

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Review our Frequently Asked Questions page. Contact the grants department with additional questions at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org.

BAC Community Arts Grants are made possible through the generous support of the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council; and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.