What is UCF?
The United Cultural Fund (UCF) is an annual campaign, spearheaded by the Broome County Arts Council, to raise and distribute funds to artistic endeavors, county-wide. Broome County is one of only 5 communities in the State of New York, and 44 nationwide, with an active combined campaign for the arts. Now in its 35th year, the UCF is a unique community resource whose recipients returned more than $4 million to Broome County’s economy, generated significant income for other businesses, and supported about 1,500 full, part-time and contracted jobs in 2019.
Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) believes that a broad range of voices at all levels of our funded organizations is essential to driving authentic, inclusive, and sustainable community impact through the arts. BCAC further believes that a diversity of art forms, representative of all backgrounds and experiences, contributes to the dynamic environment necessary to be a welcoming, relevant and globally competitive 21st-century region.
Goals of the United Cultural Fund include: to promote an environment where all artists from all backgrounds can find opportunity and can thrive, to help connect artists in our community with appreciative public audiences through events and engagements that enliven neighborhoods, to increase appreciation of our community’s many cultures, and to increase opportunities for participatory arts experiences.
Overall, the Mission of the UCF is to “Build Community” by supporting artists and arts organizations that strive to do the following: Offer Health & Hope, Drive the Economy, Honor Culture, Share Inspiration, and Support Education through public programming.
The 2022 United Cultural Fund Grant process is closed. For more information, call the Broome County Arts Council 607-723-4620 or e-mail email@example.com
All grant applications will be rated on the following criteria:
QUALITY: Enhances the quality of the arts/cultural activities/arts appreciation.
VARIETY: Promotes variety and/or growth in the arts and cultural activities in Broome County.
IMPACT: Expands the public impact of the arts in Broome County.
SERVICE: Serves and/or benefits Broome County and its residents.
DIVERSE ACCESS: Enhances the accessibility of the arts and cultural activities to a broad and diverse audience.
PLANNING: Demonstrates sound financial management and appropriate oversight.
INNOVATION: Encourages innovation in the arts and cultural activities that are beneficial to Broome County.
SUSTAINABILITY: Pursues and develops broad-based financial support aside from the UCF.
COLLABORATION: Cooperates and collaborates with other arts organizations and/or individual artists to offer new arts opportunities in the community, and/or to minimize duplication.
RESPONSIBILITY: Good standing with all reporting requirements for any previously-funded UCF grants.