CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund

Application Deadline: 6:00pm Friday, June 1, 2018

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is now accepting grant applications for the CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund, a pilot initiative to promote organizations’ new and ongoing programmatic efforts to engage people with disabilities, including artists, cultural workers, and/or audience members.

The CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund will award a total of $350,000 through grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $35,000. Grants will provide direct program support for:

  • the creation and presentation of work, by and/or with disabled artists, which directly or indirectly reflects the disability experience; and,
  • projects that deepen an organization’s commitment to serving audiences and/or artists with disabilities.

This pilot initiative reflects DCLA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, as outlined in the CreateNYC cultural plan released in 2017. This initiative strives to expand opportunities for the New York City cultural community to address persistent barriers to participation and careers in the arts for diverse disability communities throughout the city.

To learn more, review the following documents and consider attending one of the Application Seminars listed below:

  • Guidelines

  • Application Form

  • Application Seminars

    The following application seminars provided an opportunity to speak directly with DCLA staff and prepare the most competitive application possible. Please click to download the PowerPoint from the May 15 Application Seminar and a Disability Forward Fund Application FAQ sheet for further information.

    • Thursday, May 10th 9:30 am – 11:00 am
      Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor
    • Thursday, May 10th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
      Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor
    • Tuesday, May 15th 4:00pm - 5:30 pm
      Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Cirlce

    Please direct any program related questions to or call (212) 513-9300.

    Accessibility Information: CART captioning will be provided at all Seminars. │ DCLA has an accessible entrance on Reade Street between Elk and Centre Streets (Manhattan). │ MAD has an accessible main entrance at 2 Columbus Circle (Manhattan). │ Both venues provide elevator access and accessible restrooms. To request additional information or accommodations, please contact DCLA’s Disability Service Facilitator at or call (212) 513-9376.

    Submission Instructions

    Download the Application form from this page; complete and save the application form, and upload here to submit to DCLA.

    The Application form is only compatible with Adobe Reader and has been optimized for version 11.0; when it is opened with any other PDF software (such as Preview for Macs), the form will not work properly. You must open the form with Adobe Reader version 10 or later. Download the free software before opening the form.

    If you are working on a Mac and do not have Adobe installed as your default PDF program, you will need to download the Report and "Save As" a PDF before opening it. If you open the downloaded document in Preview, the Report will not function properly. You must click "Save As" to save the document to your local drive, then open directly with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, version 10 or later.

    Submit Application

    Please upload and submit your Disability Forward Fund Application below.

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