Open Call for Funding in 2017 Deadline September 15, 2016

 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation's Artistic Director Sara Reisman congratulates the 2016 grantees at the Foundation's Grantee Reception on March 18, 2016. Photograph by Charles Rousell.

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation's Artistic Director Sara Reisman congratulates the 2016 grantees at the Foundation's Grantee Reception on March 18, 2016. Photograph by Charles Rousell.

We're pleased to announce our open call for 2017 grant applications under the Foundation's Art and Social Justice initiative for nonprofit organizations serving the five boroughs of New York City! Grant applications are now being accepted through September 15, 2016 on the Foundation's website www.sdrubin.org (applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision in January 2017). The Foundation's Art and Social Justice initiative, now in its second year, supports art and culture with the belief that art is a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient, and engaged communities. Through this initiative, the Foundation provides crucial funding and programmatic support to organizations promoting art as a mechanism for positive social change in New York City, the Foundation's headquarters.

The Foundation's grantmaking embraces organizations that catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change, and develop capacity for greater civic engagement and public discourse. In addition to supporting organizations in the arts, the Foundation also supports nonprofit organizations outside the arts whose programs seek to engage communities through cultural activities. Funding specifically encourages organizational and institutional engagement with pressing social and cultural issues. Potential grantees should represent one or more of the following to audiences in New York City: arts education, public art, art in community and service centers, artistic activism, community-based museums, expanded access to art, art in the service of social justice or change, and the promotion of under-recognized artistic practice. Past grants have ranged from $5,000 to $50,000, while the Foundation invites applications for funding on a variety of scales. Further information, including application instructions and application forms, is available in the Guidelines section of this website.