United Cultural Fund Grants

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 will be open December 1st, 2021. The deadline for all applications is Monday, January 17th 2022 at 5pm. 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.

2022 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 13th, 2022. Applications are due by 5PM, Monday, January 17th, 2022.

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.

2022 UCF
GOS Application

Please download complete 2022 UCF Application Financial Information Form to submit with the 2022 UCF GOS Application linked to the left. You will be prompted to upload the Financial Report as a PDF.

2022 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 13th, 2022 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, Monday, January 17th, 2022.

RETURNING AWARDEES: If you were a 2021 UCF Project Grant Awardee, please note that if your project has been rescheduled for 2022, make sure you are applying for a NEW project. Rescheduled UCF-funded Projects from 2020 or 2021 will not be eligible to be additionally awarded for 2022.

2022 UCF
Project Grant Application

Please download complete 2022 UCF Project Grant Financial Information Form to submit with the 2021 UCF Project Grant Application linked to the left. You will be prompted to upload the Financial Report as a PDF.

2021 UCF Report Forms

2021 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.

2021 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.

2021 UCF Project Grant Final Report Form

2021 UCF GOS Interim Report Form

Other Funding Sources

Statewide Community Regrants 2022 (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 22 is February 1st, 2022. One-on-one application reviews with the Statewide Community Regrants Coordinator, Victoria Kappel, are available until January 21st.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is a $7,000 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 award cycle opened on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT and will close on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design
  • Choreography
  • Music/Sound
  • Photography
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting