Application Overview

New Applicants

Your organization is considered a New Applicant if it has not been awarded funding during or after calendar year 2015. If your organization was awarded funding during or after calendar year 2015, and then subsequently declined for funding, it is also considered a New Applicant. In order to be considered for funding, New Applicants must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). If we determine that your proposal aligns with our funding priorities, we’ll then invite you to complete a full application. Please click the New Applicants heading below for an overview of both the Letter of Inquiry and the Application.

Current Grantees

Your organization is considered a Current Grantee if it has been awarded funding during or after calendar year 2015. (Note: If your organization was awarded funding during or after calendar year 2015, and then subsequently declined for funding, it is considered a New Applicant.) In order to be considered for funding again, Current Grantees must first submit an Intent to Apply. If we determine that your proposal aligns with our funding priorities, we’ll then invite you to complete a full application. Please click the Current Grantees heading below for an overview of both the Intent to Apply and the Application.

 

New Applicants

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Overview

In addition to providing basic organizational information, you will need to answer the following narrative questions to complete the LOI. If you’d like, you may construct your answers in Word and then cut and paste them into the LOI form. Please note, however, that formatting will not transfer (text effects, spacing, etc.).

  1. What is your organization’s mission statement?
  2. In two to three paragraphs, tell us about your organization’s history and defining accomplishments.
  3. Provide a list of your organization’s key personnel, including a brief bio for each.
  4. If you are applying for general operating support, briefly describe your organization’s activity for the fiscal year for which you are applying (one or two paragraphs). If you are applying for project support, describe the project for which you are seeking funding (one to two paragraphs).
  5. In a few sentences, discuss what distinguishes your organization’s work within the New York City performing arts landscape.

You will also be asked to provide:

      • A list of the members of your board of trustees, including titles and professional affiliations.
      • A list of your organization’s top five corporate, foundation, and government funders, the amounts awarded, and the award purposes for the last completed fiscal year.
      • A detailed two-year side-by-side income and expenses operating budget, with an additional column containing budget notes.
      • A proposed project budget (if applicable).
      • Your organization’s most recent audit. If your organization does not have audited financial statements, you can submit an Independent Accountants’ Review (IAR) or your organization’s most recent 990. If your organization is not required to have an IAR or a 990, you must submit professionally generated financial statements.
      • A list of up to five opportunities to see your organization’s work in the New York City area.

Application Overview

If we determine that your proposal aligns with our funding priorities, we’ll invite you to complete a full application. Below is a list of additional narrative questions you’ll find on that application. Remember that you may construct your answers in Word and then cut and paste them into the application. Formatting, however, will not transfer.

  1. Provide a two to three sentence summary of your general operating or project support funding request.
  2. Provide a three to four paragraph detailed description of the request. For general operating support, provide information about your organization’s activities for the fiscal year for which you are applying. Include information about your organization’s core programming, upcoming season, and strategic goals. For project support, provide details about the project including key personnel, timelines, strategic goals, and expected outcomes.
  3. In one to two paragraphs, discuss ways in which your organization partners with other institutions and/or across disciplines in creative and innovative ways.
  4. In one to two paragraphs, discuss the ways in which your organization makes programming available and affordable to audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City.
  5. In one to two paragraphs, discuss your organization’s policies and practices regarding artist compensation (if applicable).

You will also be asked to provide:

          • Information about trustee giving, including your organization’s give/get policy, total trustee giving amount, and trustee giving dollar range.
          • A detailed three-year side-by-side income and expense operating budget, with an additional column containing budget notes.
          • A proposed project budget (if applicable).
          • Your organization’s most recent audit. If your organization does not have audited financial statements, you can submit an Independent Accountants’ Review (IAR) or your organization’s most recent 990. If your organization is not required to have an IAR or a 990, you must submit professionally generated financial statements.

Current Grantees

Intent to Apply Overview

In addition to providing basic organizational information, the Intent to Apply form will ask you to describe your organization’s activities for the fiscal year for which you are applying (one to two paragraphs). If you are applying for project support, you will be asked to describe the project for which you are seeking funding (one to two paragraphs).

Additionally, you will be asked to provide:

        • A proposed project budget (if applicable). If you are applying for a project that the Howard Gilman Foundation funded in the last fiscal year, please also include last year’s projected and actual budgets.

Application Overview

If we determine that your proposal aligns with our funding priorities, we’ll invite you to complete a full application. Below is the list of narrative questions you’ll find on that application. You may construct your answers in Word and then cut and paste them into the application. Please note, however, that formatting will not transfer (text effects, spacing, etc.).

  1. What is your organization’s mission statement?
  2. In three to five sentences, highlight any updates to your organizational background.
  3. Provide a list of your organization’s key personnel, including a brief bio for each.
  4. Provide a two to three sentence summary of your general operating or project support funding request.
  5. Provide a three to four paragraph detailed description of the request. For general operating support, provide information about your organization’s activities in the fiscal year for which you are applying. Include information about your organization’s core programming, upcoming season, and strategic goals. For project support, provide details about the project for which you are seeking funding, including key personnel, timelines, strategic goals, and expected outcomes.
  6. In one to two paragraphs, discuss ways in which your organization partners with other institutions and/or across disciplines in creative and innovative ways. Highlight any new partnerships that have developed since your last proposal.
  7. In one to two paragraphs, discuss the ways in which your organization makes programming available and affordable to audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City.
  8. In one to two paragraphs, discuss your organization’s policies and practices regarding artist compensation (if applicable). Highlight any changes to your organization’s practices regarding artist compensation since your last proposal.
  9. In a few sentences, discuss what distinguishes your organization’s work within the New York City performing arts landscape.

You will also be asked the following reporting questions in reference to your last grant:

  1. In two to three paragraphs, summarize your organization’s activities during the last grant period, including information on: major events and activities (for organizations that received general operating support); the activities and outcomes of the funded project (for organizations that received project support); population served, including number of participants and/or artists; and budget changes, including information about any significant adjustments that were made to your organizational or project budget.
  2. In two to three paragraphs, discuss the specific challenges and successes your organization experienced during the grant period. Reflect on how the events of the grant period helped to shape your organization’s future plans.

Additionally, you will be asked to provide:

        • A list of your top five corporate, foundation, and government funders, the amounts awarded, and the award purposes for the last completed fiscal year.
        • A list of the members of your board of trustees, including titles and professional affiliations.
        • Information about trustee giving, including your organization’s give/get policy, total trustee giving amount, and trustee giving dollar range.
        • A detailed three-year side-by-side income and expenses operating budget, with an additional column containing budget notes.
        • A proposed project budget (if applicable). If you are applying for a project that the Howard Gilman Foundation funded in the last fiscal year, please also include last year’s projected and actual budgets.
        • Your organization’s most recent audit. If your organization does not have audited financial statements, you can submit an Independent Accountants’ Review (IAR) or your organization’s most recent 990. If your organization is not required to have an IAR or a 990, you must submit professionally generated financial statements.