Creative Engagement is designed to support Manhattan-based artists, arts groups, and community-focused organizations in accessing public and private funds to share arts activities with the public. The program is comprised of three funds: City funds, provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund, State funds, provided by the New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrants program, and funds provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Funding is intended for artists and organizations that are not able to apply directly to these agencies for arts funding.

Please note:

  • Applicants eligible for City funds may apply for up to $5,000.
  • Applicants eligible for State funds may apply for up to $5,000.
  • Applicants eligible for City and State funds may apply for up to $10,000.
  • If awarded, no grants will be made for less than $1,000.

Please refer to the Creative Engagement program guidelines for comprehensive eligibility information and complete program details.

We strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the application form in advance.

  • The application form uses conditional logic. Select whether you are applying as an individual artist, artist collective/group, or nonprofit organization when first viewing the form in order to reveal all required fields for your applicant type.
  • Keep an eye out for guidance and suggestions from LMCC staff throughout the form. Tips for particular questions appear on the right-hand side. 
  •  The form remains structured in two parts:  I. Project Proposal and II. Applicant Profile.


Submittable Instruction

Create an Account: Below, create an account for Submittable if you have not used the online submission platform before or log in to your existing Submittable account. Your application will always be connected to your account. The main point of contact for your application should manage and maintain access to your Submittable account. LMCC staff will use the email address connected to your Submittable account to contact you with questions, follow-up information, and the official grant notification. This is the same email address you use to log in to your Submittable account.

Saving Your Work: Once you have set up your account, you can begin filling out the Application Form. The form is periodically saved to your account. However, we highly encourage you to use the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before exiting. Each time you save, the latest draft will be kept in your Submittable account. Please note: if you have this form open in multiple windows, Submittable will auto save the version that is last open. We recommend saving your responses in a document offline and copying and pasting them into the Application Form from there.

Submit: Complete and submit all components of your application online. Application forms are not considered final until submitted. Once you have submitted the form, you will not be able to make changes or resubmit. You will receive an automated confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.   
If this is your first time using the Submittable platform, be sure to visit Submittable's support page to view an instructional video with tips for creating your Submittable account and submitting and keeping track of your forms.


Questions? ¿Preguntas? 有疑問嗎?

  • For technical support, contact Submittable
  • For general inquiries about the program, contact Laura Lizcano, Program Associate, Grants & Services, 212-219-3071 or CreativeEngagement@LMCC.net
  • Para comunicarse en español, contacte a Lina Alfonso, Mánager del Programa, Subvenciones & Servicios, 212-219-0536 o CreativeEngagement@LMCC.net
  • 如果需以中文聯繫,請寄發電子郵件至CreativeEngagement@LMCC.net,或致電212-219-3139 聯絡張小姐(Emerson Chang)。

Accessibility Requests: Access to necessary tools, such as computers, scanners, reliable internet, and assistance uploading required documents and materials to the application form is available. Please contact LMCC staff if you do not have the necessary equipment or require any accessibility accommodations to complete the Online Application Form.

Applications must be completed and submitted online before 5PM EST on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Creative Learning is designed to support Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations in accessing public funds to provide community-based arts education projects and programming for youth, adults and/or older adults. The program is comprised of two funds: City funds, provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and State funds, provided by the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrants program. Funding is intended for artists and organizations that are not able to apply directly to the City and/or State for arts funding. 

Please note:

  • Applicants eligible for City funds may apply for up to $5,000.
  • Applicants eligible for State funds may apply for up to $5,000.
  • Applicants eligible for City and State funds may apply for up to $10,000.
  • If awarded, no grants will be made for less than $1,000.

Please refer to the Creative Learning program guidelines for comprehensive eligibility information and complete program details.

We strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the application form in advance.

  • The application form uses conditional logic. Select whether you are applying as an individual artist, artist collective/group, or nonprofit organization when first viewing the form in order to reveal all required fields for your applicant type.
  • Keep an eye out for guidance and suggestions from LMCC staff throughout the form. Tips for particular questions appear on the right-hand side.
  • The form remains structured in two parts: I. Project Proposal and II. Applicant Profile.


Submittable Instructions

Create an Account: Below, create an account for Submittable if you have not used the online submission platform before, or log in to your existing Submittable account. Your application will always be connected to your account. The main point of contact for your application should manage and maintain access to your Submittable account. LMCC staff will use the email address connected to your Submittable account to contact you with questions, follow-up information, and the official grant notification. This is the same email address you use to log in to your Submittable account.

Saving Your Work: Once you have set up your account, you can begin filling out the Application Form. The form is periodically saved to your account. However, we highly encourage you to use the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before exiting. Each time you save,  the latest draft will be kept in your Submittable account. Please note: if you have this form open in multiple windows, Submittable will autosave the version that is last open. We recommend saving your responses in a document offline and copying and pasting them into the Application Form from there.

Submit: Complete and submit all components of your application online. Application forms are not considered final until submitted. Once you have submitted the form, you will not be able to make changes or resubmit. You will receive an automated confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.   If this is your first time using the Submittable platform, be sure to visit Submittable's support page to view an instructional video with tips for creating your Submittable account and submitting and keeping track of your forms.


Questions? ¿Preguntas? 有疑問嗎?

  • For technical support, contact Submittable.
  • For general inquiries about the program, contact Emerson Chang, Program Associate, Artist Services, 212-219-3139 or CreativeLearning@LMCC.net
  • Para comunicarse en español, contacte a Lina Alfonso, Mánager del Programa, Subvenciones & Servicios, 212-219-0536 o CreativeLearning@LMCC.net
  • 如果需以中文聯繫,請寄發電子郵件至CreativeLearning@LMCC.net,或致電212-219-3139 聯絡張小姐(Emerson Chang)

Accessibility Requests: Access to necessary tools, such as computers, scanners, reliable internet, and assistance uploading required documents and materials to the application form is available. Please contact LMCC staff if you do not have the necessary equipment or require any accessibility accommodations to complete the Online Application Form.

Applications must be completed and submitted online before 5 PM EST on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. 

UMEZ Arts Engagement is a grant program designed to support Upper Manhattan artists and arts organizations in accessing Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) funds for presentations that enhance the diversity and frequency of cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. Upper Manhattan is home to a remarkable concentration of artists and arts organizations including one of the largest concentrations of culturally-specific groups in the country. With this in mind, UMEZ Arts Engagement invites proposals from artists and arts organizations of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages that are 1) based in Upper Manhattan and 2) presenting art projects or programming in Upper Manhattan, making their work more widely available to the public.

Program funding is provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ).

  • Eligible applicants may request between $1,000 - $10,000.
  • Eligible projects must occur between January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023.

Please refer to the UMEZ Arts Engagement program guidelines for comprehensive eligibility information and complete program details.

We strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the application form in advance.

  • The application form uses conditional logic. Select whether you are applying as an individual artist, artist collective/group, or nonprofit organization when first viewing the form in order to reveal all required fields for your applicant type.
  • Keep an eye out for guidance and suggestions from LMCC staff throughout the form. Tips for particular questions appear on the right hand side.
  • The form remains structured in two parts: I. Project Proposal and II. Applicant Profile.


Submittable Instructions

Create an Account: Below, create an account for Submittable if you have not used the online submission platform before or login to your existing Submittable account. Your application will always be connected to your account. The main point of contact for your application should manage and maintain access to your Submittable account. LMCC staff will use the email address connected to your Submittable account to contact you with questions, follow-up information, and the official grant notification. This is the same email address you use to login to your Submittable account.

Saving Your Work: Once you have set up your account, you can begin filling out the Application Form. The form periodically saves to your account. However, we highly encourage you to use the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before exiting. Each time you save,  the latest draft will be kept in your Submittable account. Please note: if you have this form open in multiple windows, Submittable will auto save the version that is last open. We recommend saving your responses in a document offline and copying and pasting them into the Application Form from there.

Submit: Complete and submit all components of your application online. Application forms are not considered final until submitted. Once you have submitted the form, you will not be able to make changes, or resubmit. You will receive an automated confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.
If this is your first time using the Submittable platform, be sure to visit Submittable's support page to view an instructional video with tips for creating your Submittable account and submitting and keeping track of your forms.


Questions? ¿Preguntas?

  • For technical support, contact Submittable.
  • For general inquiries about the program, contact LMCC at 212-219-0536 or UMAE@lmcc.net 
  • Para comunicarse en español, contacte a Lina Alfonso, Mánager del Programa, Subvenciones y Servicios: UMAE@lmcc.net | (212) 219-0536

Accessibility Requests: Access to necessary tools, such as computers, scanners, reliable internet, and assistance uploading required documents and materials to the application form is available. Please contact LMCC staff if you do not have the necessary equipment or require any accessibility accommodations to complete the Online Application Form.

Applications must be completed and submitted online before 5PM EST on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council