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The Arts & Culture Research Fund in The New York Community Trust

Supporting Cultural Research in New York State

The Arts & Culture Research Fund was started in late 2012 as a collaborative fund in The Trust to support research projects focused on understanding the cultural sector in New York State. Funders include The New York Community Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The John R. Oishei Foundation of Western New York, and New York Council for the Humanities.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored individuals and groups that propose research that makes use of the New York State Cultural Data Project (CDP) and explores significant topics related to the State’s creative community. See the Request for Proposal.
Research can be local, regional, and statewide in scope and cover economic impact and employment trends in the cultural sector; arts education; and cultural tourism, among other topics.

About the New York State Cultural Data Project

The Cultural Data Project is a dataset with information on thousands of arts organizations in New York State, many of which are in New York City.

Arts and cultural organizations enter financial, programmatic and operational data into a standardized online form.  The organizations can then use the CDP to produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making.

The project also helps organizations streamline their grantseeking process by generating reports to be included as part of their applications to participating grantmakers.

To access the Arts & Culture Research Fund application and learn more about eligibility, see the RFP.

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