Grant Guidelines

Eligibility

The Howard Gilman Foundation seeks to support the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City. To be considered for Foundation funding, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3).

501(c)(3) Organizations

If your organization has 501(c)(3) status, it must:

    • Be incorporated and based in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
    • Show operating revenue that exceeds $250,000 for the last completed fiscal year and the current fiscal year.
    • Employ at least one full-time artistic and/or administrative staff member.
    • Demonstrate the administrative and financial capacity to achieve and assess the goals of the proposed grant.

Fiscally Sponsored Organizations

If your organization is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3), it must:

  • Be based in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Show operating revenue that exceeds $250,000 for the last completed fiscal year and the current fiscal year.
  • Maintain its own financial records or have financial records that are maintained by its fiscal agent.
  • Be able to produce ONE of the following: an Independent Accountants’ Review (IAR), a 990, or professionally generated financial statements.
  • Have an active Board of Trustees or Advisory Board.
  • Employ at least one full-time artistic and/or administrative staff member.
  • Demonstrate the administrative and financial capacity to achieve and assess the goals of the proposed grant.

 

Types of Grants

The Howard Gilman Foundation provides both general operating and project support grants. Please note that:

    • Awards range from $10,000 to $250,000. Proposals for funding outside of these parameters are by invitation only.
    • General operating support grants are for one fiscal year.
    • Project grants may span one or more fiscal years.
    • Requests for endowment, cash reserves, and capital needs are by invitation only.
    • Individual artists and government agencies are not eligible for grants.

 

 Funding Priorities

The Foundation is interested in supporting a cross-section of New York City-based performing arts organizations of varying structure, style, and budget size. Above all, we are committed to serving organizations devoted to excellence in both artistic achievement and audience experience.

Priority will specifically be given to organizations and projects that:

  • Celebrate, reimagine, and honor the classics and/or foster the creation of new work.
  • Support the growth of a next generation of artists.
  • Seek innovative ways to make programming available and affordable to audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to providing living wages for artists.
  • Partner with other institutions and across disciplines in creative and effective ways.
  • Make distinctive contributions to the cultural vitality of the New York City performing arts community.