The Trust also manages the Donors' Education Collaborative.
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Note to Arts Groups: If you are interested in applying for a grant to “strengthen the management of arts groups serving communities in the five boroughs,” please view the RFP for Small City-Based Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Groups to Build Capacity.
We make grants to all artistic disciplines through projects that:
Help arts organizations attract broader audiences and provide opportunities for artists from diverse backgrounds.
Build the capacity of small and mid-sized arts groups.
Help cultural groups integrate arts into the curriculum of needy public schools, especially those working outside of Manhattan, and begin programs in schools that lack arts.
Advance arts advocacy on critical policy and funding issues.
Support the professional development of minority and disadvantaged young artists pre- and post-college (Van Lier Fellowship Fund). Grants are to arts organizations that identify, train, and support young people.
We do not generally give grants:
Program goals: To support preservation in low-income and minority communities and the boroughs outside of Manhattan and to restore historic places that represent significant and overlooked aspects of New York City's history.
We support programs that:
To ensure maximum impact from our limited funds, we will not make grants directly for maintenance or capital projects. However, The Trust has established a modest fund with the New York Landmarks Conservancy for emergency structural repairs (maximum grant $25,000) for nonprofits that own and operate historic buildings in New York City.
In addition, we administer the Fund for New Citizens, a group of funders that assist immigrant and refugee groups.
Read a PDF of our Human Justice Grantmaking Strategy
Sally Van Lier left her estate to The Trust to "provide educational assistance and training to gifted young persons who aspire to a career in the arts." Read how The Trust continues to carry out her wishes.
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