Harlem Community Arts Fund
Individual Artists Guidelines and Application
Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit arts service organization committed to
nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and
arts organizations serving the Harlem community.
The Harlem Community
Arts Fund (HCAF) grant program supports the needs and aspirations of Harlem's
artistic community. Support furthers the organizational and artistic
development of artists and arts organizations. Created through a grant
provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the
Fund will respond to proposals from eligible artists and arts organizations
based in and providing services within the Harlem community bounded by 110th
and 155th from Hudson River to 5th Avenue (Community Districts 9 and 10
only). The program is not restricted on basis of race, sexual preference,
ethnicity, or religious affiliation.
Online Application Submission
Deadline - March 31, 2013
(Incomplete applications will not be considered)
Fund Submission Categories
artists are invited to submit applications to the fund in one of the following
Individual Artist Support
Individual artists are a vital
resource for the Harlem community.
are encouraged to work independently, in collaboration with other artists
and/or in cooperation with local organizations.
HAA support in this category is intended to underscore the value and
importance of creativity to Harlem's cultural life. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
Artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time
of application and a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident.
Applicants may not be matriculated in an educational
institution at the time of application or during the term of the grant support
Must reside within the Harlem community and propose a
project taking place within the Harlem community (districts 9 and 10 only—for
boundary details, see www.nyc.gov/planning)
Artists collaborations are welcomed if accompanied by
a written collaboration agreement
Grant recipients (artists) must submit final report,
for project, to HAA no later than January 31, 2014.
Required Supporting Materials
Artist résumé and collaborating artist (if
Materials documenting similar projects completed by
artist—photographs, DVDs, press clippings, and text (limit 3 pages)
Letter of support from each of the participating
Two letters of recommendation dated within the last
Written agreement with collaborating artists (if
Eligible artists are encouraged to apply for funding as
ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for individual artists interested in engaging the
community in some aspect of the development and creation of new works of
Funds can be used towards artist
fees, supplies, and promotional expenses.
This support is available for individual artists based in and working
within the Harlem community.
will be given to creative projects engaging youth, senior or other target constituencies.
Successful application will respond to each of the following points:
Sound plan for engaging the public and/or targeted
constituency in the creative process
Plan to create the artwork within the grant period
Plan for publicizing the work within the community
review: Applicants may be contacted by HAA project personnel to clarify aspects
of the grant request.
review: HAA will impanel a group of objective individuals familiar with the
Harlem community and its arts and cultural activities. All applications
will be considered in detail and reviewed on a competitive basis by Harlem
community arts fund panel members in accordance with the criteria listed
above. All panelists serve as volunteers. Panelists will make
recommendations for support to HAA's board of directors for final funding
by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation
Letters to award recipients will be sent by June 30, 2013
Awardees are required to use the Harlem Arts
Alliance logo on any and all literature involving project as described in the
All monies awarded are to
be used solely for the funded project.
HCAF Funds may be used toward the
Production costs; rental of equipment, instruments, or
materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance,
Artistic and technical fees directly related to the
Outreach and travel expenses related directly to
Marketing and promotional costs including: printing,
mailing copying, etc.
HCAF Funds will not support
Ongoing living or personal expenses
Tuition fees, for instructional programs and/or
matriculation in programs offered by public or private colleges, or
Costs related to the construction, improvement or
purchase of real estate
Activities that are commercial in nature
Medical, legal, or accounting fees
Programs targeting a closed membership or that are not
accessible to the public