Applying for First-Time Funding

New applicants should follow the steps outlined below for the remainder of 2024. Note, however, that we are redesigning our new applicant proposal process for 2025. Starting next year, all organizations seeking first-time funding will submit a preliminary Interest Form in April/May. Please check back this fall for a detailed description of the new 2025 process, as well as the Interest Form deadline. 


The Howard Gilman Foundation seeks to build meaningful, long-term partnerships with a diverse array of performing arts organizations in New York City. We invest in grantee organizations’ overall fiscal health and wellbeing by providing annual general operating support and targeted project support grants, and we add a small number of new organizations to our roster each year. 

When it comes to adding new grantees to our roster, the Gilman team is currently prioritizing organizations that are: 

  • Led by and making work for and about communities of color;  
  • Located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; and/or
  • Offering free, low-cost, and/or accessible programming.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for funding, your organization must: 

  • Have a mission and programming that is devoted to the performing arts;
  • Be a 501(c)(3) incorporated in New York City or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) and operate in New York City;  
  • Have an operating budget (revenue and expenses) over $250K for your last completed fiscal year, your current fiscal year, and the next projected fiscal year; and 
  • Be able to provide either a full audit, an accountants’ review, or a copy of the federal tax form 990. 

Note that the Foundation does NOT fund:

  • Tuition-based programs
  • In-school or after-school arts education programs
  • Visual arts museums and galleries

The Funding Process

If your organization meets our eligibility criteria, you are welcome to fill out an application for funding. As a first step, we encourage you to contact our Grants Team. They will be able to direct you to a dedicated Program Officer who can help answer questions and offer additional guidance.  

Choose the right time to apply.

In general:

Organizations with 12/31 fiscal year end should apply in Cycle 1.

Organizations with 6/30 fiscal year end should apply in Cycle 2.

Organizations with a fiscal year end date that falls between 7/31 and 11/30 should apply in Cycle 3.

Questions about which Cycle is best for you?

There may be exceptions to this timing, and a Program Officer can help you select the Cycle that’s best for your organization. Email our Grants Team, and they’ll direct you to someone who can help. 

Email Grants Team

Register and create an account in our portal.

First, you’ll need to Create an Account for your organization in our database. It will take our staff up to two days to process the registration. Once you get word that registration is complete, you will need to fill out your organizational profile and add your organization’s key contacts. Here is a Step-by-Step Guide.  

Already have an account?

If you have applied to the Howard Gilman Foundation before, you can skip this step! Not sure? Email our Grants Team to find out.

Email Grants Team

Fill out and submit your application.

Now that you’ve registered and completed your profile, you can log on anytime. Be sure to note the Date the applications go live for each Cycle as well as the Deadlines for submission. Gilman staff will read and discuss all submitted applications and will be in touch with questions and decisions via email. 

Want to get a head start?

You don’t have to wait for the application form to open to check out the questions. Click below for a preview of what the application will entail.

Application Preview

Don’t meet our Priorities or Eligibility at this time?

Visit our Regranting Page to learn more about opportunities that may be better suited to your organization!