What We Fund

 We Fund:

  • Professional performing arts organizations (dance companies, theatre companies, music ensembles)
  • Performing arts presenters
  • Service organizations that provide support for the performing arts and performing artists

 

We Don’t Fund:

  • Arts education or in-school arts programming
  • Professional performing arts training or tuition-based programs
  • Individual artists
  • Social service organizations
  • Museums, libraries, or other institutions whose primary mission is not the performing arts
  • Non-professional performing arts organizations (ie: community theatre, student, or youth-oriented ensembles)
  • Venues that are primarily rental facilities

 

Eligibility

To be eligible 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, the current fiscal year, and the proposed fiscal year.
  • Employ at least one full-time artistic and/or administrative staff member.

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, the current fiscal year, and the proposed 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: 1) an Independent Accountants’ Review (IAR); 2) a 990; or 3) professionally generated financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have an active Board of Trustees or Advisory Board.
  • Employ at least one full-time artistic and/or administrative staff member.

 

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 a period of one fiscal year (multi-year general operating support requests are by invitation only).
  • Project grants are for the duration of the proposed project. The Foundation does not fund projects retroactively.
  • Requests for cash reserves, capital needs, and other special opportunity grants are by invitation only.

 

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, the Foundation is committed to serving organizations devoted to excellence in both artistic achievement and audience experience.

When reviewing proposals for funding, Foundation staff assesses each organization as a whole. Specifically, staff looks at:

    • Artistry
    • Programming
    • Contributions to the field
    • Leadership and staff
    • Board of Trustees
    • Compensation
    • Ticket pricing
    • Audience experience
    • Fiscal heath
    • Partnerships and collaborations