United Cultural Fund Grants

The 2023 United Cultural Fund Grant process is now open. For more information, call the Broome County Arts Council 607-723-4620 or e-mail information@broomearts.org

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.

2023 UCF Report Forms

2023 Project Grant Recipients are required to submit a final report 30 days after the completion of their project. Final Reports may be completed via the link below.

2023 General Operating Support Grant Recipients are required to submit an interim report by August 15th at 5PM. Interim reports must be in prior to the release of September grant checks. Interim reports may be completed at the link below.

2022 UCF GOS Interim Report Form

2022 UCF Project Grant Final Report Form

2023 UCF GOS Grants Information

General Operating Support (GOS) Grant Eligibility & Procedures
ALL NEW applicants for UCF general operating support MUST be invited to submit a proposal at the discretion of the BCAC Board of Directors. A consultation with BCAC’s Executive Director and approval by the Board of Directors is required to determine whether an invitation will be issued. Call 607-723-4620 to schedule a consultation (via Zoom meeting) prior to January 9th, 2023. Applications are due by 5PM, Friday, January 13th, 2023.

ALL CURRENT recipients of UCF general operating support MUST consult with BCAC’s Executive Director BEFORE preparing an application for another round of funding. Please schedule a Zoom meeting by calling the office.

Individual artists, community groups, and non-arts related non-profits are NOT eligible for UCF general operating support grants. Please continue below to review UCF Project Grant guidelines instead.

2023 UCF Project Grants Information

Project Grant Eligibility & Procedures
Applications are invited from eligible non-profit organizations or individual artists in need of financial assistance to provide high quality arts programming or an arts project. UCF Project Grants are intended to promote cultural development and expand the public impact of the arts in Broome County. The maximum grant request is $1,000.

ALL potential applicants ARE REQUIRED to consult with the BCAC Executive Director PRIOR TO PREPARING an application to assure that the project is appropriate for consideration. Please schedule a Zoom meeting with the Executive Director before January 9th, 2023 by calling the BCAC office. Applicants for and recipients of UCF General Operating Support grants are NOT eligible for UCF project grants. Applications are due by 5PM, Friday, January 13th, 2023.

Please download complete 2023 UCF Project Grant Financial Information Form to submit with the 2023 UCF Project Grant Application linked to the left. You will be prompted to upload the Financial Report as a PDF.

Other Funding Sources

Statewide Community Regrants 2023 (Formerly New York State Decentralization Grant Program)
Apply HERE through the Earlville Opera House (Broome, Chenango and Otsego County Residents may apply).
Deadline for Statewide Community Regrants Cycle 23 is February 14th, 2023. Grant workshops and individual assistance are available.

NEW to 2023: Individual Artists (IA) grants “…offer commissioning support to individual professional artists for the creation of a new work in a community setting. This regrant opportunity represents a ‘live & work’ investment in local artists. It is designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity and to highlight the role of artists as important members of the community. Individual Artist Requirements.”

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is an $8,000 unrestricted cash grant available to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. This grant is awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant, but is intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.

Applications for the 2022-23 award cycle opened on Tuesday, October 25, and will close January 25, 2023. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Craft/Sculpture
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts