The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) offers funding to support community-centered arts and culture projects, and to recognize outstanding local artists. Applications are accepted from individual artists, artist collectives, and non-profit arts and community organizations for projects in a wide variety of disciplines, including: dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multi-disciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, visual arts/crafts and others. Emerging and pre-professional artists, women, the disable, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other under-represented individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply.


Below are BCA’s grant opportunities. BCA’s investments not only allow for the development of community-centered arts and culture projects, but also provide opportunities for the community at large to engage with the arts at a local level.

Arts on the Block (AB) is a grassroots initiative designed to support small local organizations and block associations to increase attendance to their neighborhood block parties and/or single block festivals. A limited number of small grants of up to $500 are available through this initiative.

New Work (NW) supports individual Bronx-based artists through a commissioning grant in the amount of $2,500 for the creation of a new work in a community setting. Projects must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project.

Arts Fund (AF) develops Bronx artists and small arts organizations through its support of high quality arts projects that engage Bronx audiences in a diverse array of artistic works in all disciplines, genres and styles. Bronx-based individual artists, artist collectives and 501c3 arts organizations with an organizational budget below $100,000 may apply for grants of up to $5,000 that contribute to the cultural life of the borough.

Community Arts (CA) supports local arts projects and activities that enable Bronx communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. All projects must be community based and open to the general public. Local non-profit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists or collectives must apply either through a Bronx-based fiscal sponsor, or in partnership with a community-based non-profit organization based in the Bronx. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create works in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts. BCA awards grants of $4,000 to Bronx artists each year, based solely on artistic excellence.

Grant Panelists Wanted

Apply to serve as a panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and help make a difference in arts funding in the borough.

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) seeks artists, arts professionals, and community-based organization leaders to serve as panelists for our 2019 grant cycle.

Panelists are an essential component of BCA’s grant-making process, selecting projects and deciding on the distribution of grant funds to Bronx based artists, art collectives, art organizations, and other community-based groups. Panelists help foster equitable, transparent and inclusive grantmaking practices, in accordance with BCA’s mission and values.

Panelists commit to reviewing and scoring applications, and to participating in an in-person meeting to discuss selected projects. First-time panelists are required to participate in an in-person training. Panelists receive an honorarium for their service. All activities take place in the Bronx.

If you are interested, please apply here

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