Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact

The application period for the FY18 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact is now closed.


In FY18, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is launching the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact, a pilot initiative that will support partnerships between The City of New York's agencies and cultural organizations that collaborate to use arts and culture to reach underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers. This program supports DCLA's commitment to coordinate and promote engagement between the City and New York's cultural community as outlined in the CreateNYC cultural plan released in July 2017.

The goals of the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact are to:

  • Create opportunities that will demonstrate the effectiveness of arts and culture as a mechanism for impactful service delivery
  • Allow city agencies to experiment with and test new models for, or to expand, existing successful programs
  • Support strengthened partnerships between cultural organizations and city agencies
  • Expand NYC residents' access to arts and culture by leveraging the reach of city agencies
  • Broaden programming, funding, and audience-building opportunities for arts and cultural organizations
  • Integrate arts and culture into efforts to improve social wellbeing in low income neighborhoods

Through the new initiative, DCLA will award up to six grants of $50,000 each to arts and cultural organizations working in partnership with city agencies to address pressing civic issues. City agency partners must provide a minimum contribution of $25,000 to the proposed project, which may be in-kind.

Applications are due on Monday, November 13, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the Mayor's Office, DCLA, and outside professionals with relevant expertise. DCLA expects to notify applicants of the outcome of the process by mid-November 2017, with programs to begin as soon as possible thereafter. Projects funded by the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact must be completed by the end of the City's fiscal year on June 30, 2018.

The application period for the FY18 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact is now closed.
Applications must be submitted by the cultural partner. For FY18, eligible applicants must have submitted an FY18 Cultural Development Fund application or be members of the Cultural Institutions Group. Please review the guidelines carefully before submitting an application. Each cultural organization and city agency may select only one partner and may submit only one application.

Download application guidelines
View a list of eligible partner city agencies
View Frequently Asked Questions about the initiative

Download complete application

Information Sessions - FY18 Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
31 Chambers Street, Room 209

Thursday, October 26, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Friday, October 27, 10:00 – 11:00am

RSVP required, register online