Application Overview

New Applicants

If your organization did not receive funding during the previous calendar year, you are considered a New Applicant.

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 or 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. In one or two paragraphs, describe your organization’s core programming, upcoming activities, and strategic goals. If you are applying for project support, described the project for which you are seeking funding, including estimated project start and end dates.
  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 your Board of Trustees, including titles and affiliations.
      • A list of your organization’s top five corporate, foundation, and government funders and the amounts awarded for the last completed fiscal year.
      • 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).
      • Your organization’s most recent audit. If your organization does not have audited financial statements, you can submit an independent audit 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.Provide a three to four paragraph detailed description of the request. For general operating support, provide 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.
  2. In one or two paragraphs, discuss ways in which your organization partners with other institutions and/or across disciplines.
  3. In one or two paragraphs, reflect on your current audience/membership base. Discuss the ways in which your organization makes programming available and affordable to audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City.
  4. In one or two paragraphs, discuss your organization’s policies and practices regarding artist compensation (if applicable).

You will also be asked to provide:

          • A list of your top five corporate, foundation, and government funders and the amounts awarded for the last completed fiscal year.
          • 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).
          • Your organization’s most recent audit. If your organization does not have audited financial statements, you can submit an independent audit 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 a professionally generated financial statements.
          • Your organization’s most recent Howard Gilman Foundation Cultural Data Project (CDP) report.
          • A list of up to five opportunities to see your organization’s work in the New York City area.

 

Current Grantees

If your organization received funding in the previous calendar year, you are considered a Current Grantee.

Intent to Apply Overview

In addition to providing basic organizational information, the Intent to Apply form will ask you to describe the project for which you are seeking funding, including estimated project start and end dates (1-2 paragraphs). If you are applying for general operating support, you will be asked to describe your organization’s programming, activities, and goals for the proposed grant period (1-2 paragraphs).

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. Remember that 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. Provide a brief summary (35 words or less) of the purpose of your request. Begin the summary with “To” or “For.”
  2. What is your organization’s mission statement?
  3. In two or three paragraphs, tell us about your organization’s history and defining accomplishments.
  4. Provide a list of your organization’s key personnel, including a brief bio for each.
  5. In three or four paragraphs, describe the purpose of your funding request. Consider the following as you craft your response: For project support, provide details about the project, including key personnel, timelines, strategic goals, and expected outcomes. For general operating support, provide information about your organization’s core programming, upcoming season, and strategic goals.
  1. In one or two paragraphs, discuss ways in which your organization partners with other institutions and/or across disciplines.
  2. In one or two paragraphs, reflect on your current audience/membership base. Discuss the ways in which your organization makes programming available and affordable to audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City.
  3. In one or two paragraphs, discuss your organization’s policies and practices regarding artist compensation (if applicable).
  4. 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 2015 grant:

  1. In two or three paragraphs, summarize your organization’s activities during the last grant period, including information on: major events and activities; 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 or 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 and the amounts awarded for the last completed fiscal year.
        • Information about Trustee giving, including your organization’s Give/Get policy, total Trustee giving amount, and Trustee giving dollar range.
        • A detailed two-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 is not required to have audited financial statements, you can submit an independent audit review (IAR) or your organization’s most recent 990. If your organization is not required to have an IAR, you must submit a professionally generated financial statement.
        • Your organization’s most recent Howard Gilman Foundation Cultural Data Project (CDP) report.
        • A list of up to five opportunities to see your organization’s work in the New York City area.