Who We Fund
Who We Fund
The following eligibility requirements apply to all organizations and/or artist-driven projects:
- The organization or project’s principal mission must be arts and culture.
- Must be located in Upper Manhattan and regularly provide public programs in one or more of the communities in Upper Manhattan, defined as north of 98th Street on the east side of Fifth Avenue; and north of 110th Street on the west side.
- Must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Individual artists or unincorporated collectives and groups must have an approved fiscal sponsor.
- Must have no unaddressed or unresolved tax obligation.
- May only have one active CIF grant at a time.
- Must wait one year between grants; however, UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant recipients may apply for funds for three consecutive years before taking one year off from funding.
UMEZ generally will not fund:
- Ongoing general operating support or program costs (except for UMEZ Arts Engagement Grants);
- Productions, exhibitions, or programs (except for UMEZ Arts Engagement Grants);
- Benefit events, galas or similar fundraising activities;
- Education, training or youth programs;
- Street fairs or parades;
- Public or private schools, college and universities;
- Religious institutions;
- Health and social service programs;
- Arts and culture programs that are essentially recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic; or programs in the martial, magic/illusionary, and culinary arts;
- Cultural activities restricted to an organization’s membership;
- Expenses for privately owned facilities (such as homes or studios);
- Real estate acquisition;
- Regranting programs;
- Endowments and cash reserves;
- Accumulated deficits/debt reductions/emergency funds;
- Grant requests exceeding the organization’s total budget; or
- Prior grantees that have failed to submit required reports to UMEZ.
Please review the grant pages for additional eligibility requirements and restrictions that are specific to each grant category.
For more information, please see our FAQ and the grant timeline associated with each type of grant.
The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone does not support organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, mental status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law, with respect to employment, membership, and/or provision of services.