Who's eligible. UMEZ Arts Engagement is a grant program designed to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. The program provides direct support for these activities to Upper Manhattan’s artists and nonprofit arts organizations under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work.
Funding is provided for projects in the performing, literary, media, and visual arts, ranging from folk/traditional forms to contemporary and socially-engaged artistic practices. Supported activities include concerts, performances, festivals, public arts, screenings, exhibitions, readings, and more.
Eligible applicants must meet the Core Eligibility Requirements (eg. individual artists must reside in Upper Manhattan and at least 18 years old, nonprofit organizations must be based in Upper Manhattan and have 501(c)3 status, etc.) in addition to the City, State and/or Howard Gilman Foundation funding requirements.