Technical Assistance Grants allow organizations to work with a consultant to address a specific issue or challenge. Technical Assistance Grant projects are self-determined; organizations may seek expertise in fundraising, marketing, governance, business plan development, or similar critical needs. A Technical Assistance Grant may prepare the recipient to apply for a Capacity Grant or Infrastructure Grant.
Organizations seeking a Technical Assistance Grant will work with UMEZ staff to develop a consultant proposal based on the organization's specific needs, and to make a selection from among a list of pre-approved consultants.
In addition to eligibility requirements and restrictions, organizations must also observe the following criteria:
|Size of Grant||Grants are expected to range from $20,000 to $50,000.|
|Length of Grant||One year or less.|
|Minimum Annual Operating Budget||$100,000.|
|Application Deadline||LOIs are considered on a rolling basis.|
|Filing and Financial Requirements||Organizations must be tax-exempt under IRS Code section 501(c)(3). Applicants will be required to submit the last three years of audited or reviewed financial statements (based on NYS requirements) and the last three years of IRS 990 Forms.|
|Staffing Requirements||Organizations must have at least one full-time staff member.|
|Board Requirements||Organizations must have an active, functioning Board of Directors.|
|Programming Requirements||Organizations must have at least three years of cultural programming in Upper Manhattan.|
|Fund Disbursement||Funds are disbursed directly to the consultant working on the project, with regular reporting from both the consultant and the grantee.|
After completing a Technical Assistance Grant, an organization may submit an LOI for a Capacity Grant or Infrastructure Grant without waiting 12 months.
Applicants to this category must be able to devote significant staff time to working with a consultant. The following is a sample timeline for receiving a Technical Assistance Grant: