Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact


In FY18, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) launched the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact, a pilot initiative that supports partnerships between New York City's municipal 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, in FY18 DCLA awardedseven grants of $50,000 each to arts and cultural organizations working in partnership with city agencies to address pressing civic issues. City agency partners are providing a minimum contribution of $25,000 (cash or in-kind) to the proposed project

Projects will be executed by the end of the City's fiscal year on June 30, 2018

Read the press release announcing the grant recipients of the FY18 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact.