Creative Learning supports projects that draw on arts education practices to engage participants in the creation and interpretation of artistic works. Funding is provided for sequential, skill-based arts study and participatory arts projects that take place in accessible community-based settings such as afterschool programs, senior centers and community centers, in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery.

Competitive projects will demonstrate an in-depth artistic learning experience, thoughtful project planning, and appropriate learning goals and activities for the age ranges served.
Creative Learning 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.

In addition, LMCC encourages proposals that include access to professional development activities for participating teaching artists to grow as educators. To this end, State funding applicants may request an allocation of up to $200 in Creative Learning funds to attend workshops, seminars and/or conferences focusing on best practices in arts education, such as curriculum development, classroom management, and evaluation

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

Please Note: 

The Creative Learning 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.