got some good news on Tuesday: The Department of Cultural Affairs announced
that it would award $47.1 million in its newest round of grants, which this year will go to more than 1,000 of the city’s nonprofit organizations.
The grants include $12.6 million in new investments, nearly $10 million of which is
designated for coronavirus pandemic relief and arts education initiatives. Funding
will increase over the prior year for grantees, including larger increases for smaller
organizations, the department said.
The allotment includes a $3 million increase for 621 organizations in low-income
neighborhoods and those most affected by the pandemic, and $2 million for five
local arts councils that will distribute the funds to individual artists and smaller
nonprofits. Twenty-five organizations providing arts education programming will
receive a share of $750,000 allotted for that purpose.
The Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Chinese in America
will be among the 93 organizations to receive some of the largest grants, in excess of
$100,000 each. Both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, which
recently made headlines for negotiations with their unions, will receive grants over
$100,000. The funding will go to 1,032 nonprofits in total.
The department also made changes to its process that will make it easier for
organizations to receive multiyear grants, which had previously only been available
to groups with annual budgets of more than $250,000. Nearly all of the groups that
received funding for the fiscal year ending in June 2021 will receive support at a
comparable level for the year ending in 2022, pending the adoption of the city’s
budget, the department said.