Filling out this survey helps us learn more about you, our audiences, and provides us with the tools to demonstrate our impact to the program's funders, encouraging them to continue to invest in free activities like this and at LMCC. All responses will be kept confidential.

UMEZ Arts Engagement is a new grant program launched in December 2017 to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. The program provides direct support for these activities to Upper Manhattan’s artists and nonprofit arts organizations under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This area is defined as north of 98th Street on the east side of Fifth Avenue; and north of 110th Street on the west side. Funding is available for projects in the performing, literary, media, and visual arts, ranging from folk/traditional forms to contemporary and socially-engaged artistic practices. LMCC encourages proposals that connect audiences to rich arts experiences as demonstrated by opportunities to attend and/or participate in arts events and programming including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, readings, and more. Competitive projects will demonstrate strong artistic merit, thoughtful project planning, and clear and feasible plans to reach the public. 

Program funding is provided by the Cultural Investments Fund (CIF) of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ). Since 1996, UMEZ has invested more than $54 million in nonprofit organizations with a focus on cultural institutions to spur the growth of Upper Manhattan’s cultural and economic landscape. The launch of UMEZ Arts Engagement marks the first time that UMEZ is able to provide an accessible source of project-based funding for individual artists and smaller nonprofit arts organizations that were previously ineligible to access UMEZ funding. UMEZ Arts Engagement is administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).

  • Eligible applicants may request between $1,000 - $10,000. 
  • Eligible projects must occur between July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018. 
Please refer to the UMEZ Arts Engagement program page for all information about:
  • Applicant Eligibility
  • Project Eligibility
  • Funding Restrictions
  • Review Process and Criteria
  • Application Instructions
  • Work Sample and Support Material Instructions
  • Required Document Instructions
Create an Account
Below, create an account for Submittable if you do not already have one. Your application will always be connected to your account. The main point of contact should manage and maintain access to your Submittable account. We will contact you via your Submittable account throughout the application review process. This is how you will receive emails with important follow up information as well as the official grant notification in May 2018. 

Saving Your Work
Once you have set up your account, you can begin filling out the Online 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 Online Application Form from there. Please note that this application form contains conditional logic. Certain fields will only appear after you have completed earlier sections of the application. 

For technical support, contact Submittable.
For general inquiries about the program, contact LMCC at 212-219-9401 x 113 or

Applications must be completed and submitted online before 5PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 

In June 2018 information will be available for individual artists, unincorporated arts groups, and nonprofits to apply for UMEZ Arts Engagement funding for January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 activities.