Creative Engagement awards over $600,000 each year to implement arts projects in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery. Supported activities include concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, readings, and more. The program encourages projects that connect audiences to rich arts experiences as demonstrated by opportunities to attend and/or participate in arts events and programming. Funding priority will be given to projects that bring new arts activities to communities where the need exists, rather than replicate existing offerings.

Competitive projects will demonstrate strong artistic merit, thoughtful project planning, and clear plans to reach the public. 

Creative Engagement offers the opportunity to access City, State, or both sources of funds by completing a single application. 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 $9,000.
  • 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.

Please Note: The Creative Engagement application form has been updated for 2020. While questions remain largely the same, additional context and staff application tips have been added and the form is now structured in two parts; I. Project Proposal and II. Applicant Profile. 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 and whether you are requesting City, State, or City and State funds 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. 

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 contact you with questions, follow-up information, and the official grant notification via the email address connected 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.  


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.     

For technical support, contact Submittable.

For general inquiries about the program, contact Flannery Winchester, Program Assistant, Grants & Services

212-219-9401 ext. 119 or

Para asistencia en español, por favor contacte a Lina Alfonso, Program Associate, Grants

212-219-9401 ext. 129 o

如果需要中文服务,请发邮件至 或致电项目助理 Emerson Chang(张小姐)212-219-9401 分机 107

Applications must be completed and submitted online before 5PM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.