Culpeper Arts & Culture Guidelines

The online portal for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) is now open for one-year support requests with a start date in 2021. Please note that LOIs will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds have been fully allocated. The review of your application may take up to six months.

We are not able to meet with grantseekers to help determine funding feasibility of a project before an LOI is submitted to the Fund. Instead, we ask that you review our guidelines carefully to confirm that your project aligns with our grantmaking goals.

Please refer to program guidelines, goal, and strategies below for Culpeper Arts & Culture grants. Additionally, the Fund is interested in supporting initiatives that stem from CreateNYC recommendations to advance staff and board diversity and create opportunities for addressing space and equity issues for New York City’s creative community.

Please be in touch with the Culpeper Arts & Culture program team if you have any questions ([email protected]).

Program Guidelines

The Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture grants honor the legacy of Charles E. Culpeper by supporting the artists and arts and cultural organizations that make New York City one of the world's most dynamic creative capitals. The Fund is inspired by the conviction that arts and culture promote free expression, foster a deeper understanding of human experience and diverse communities, and provide a fresh lens on persistent problems and emerging challenges. The Fund aims to strengthen the cultural environment of the city by supporting its rich artistic community and the diversity of the city’s population. Special interests of the Fund are to sustain and advance small and mid-size cultural organizations, particularly those that are community-based and/or culturally specific, and to provide opportunities for artists of color and other underrepresented artists to contribute to the cultural vitality of New York City. The Fund also seeks to encourage mainstream, larger institutions to present underrepresented artists and to find innovative ways to engage new and diverse audiences.

The Pocantico Center, located in Tarrytown, New York, is an important resource in the Fund’s efforts to support artists and the creative process, advance cultural awareness, and foster artistic collaborations. The center provides time and space for aesthetic exploration and opportunities for nurturing artistic imagination.

Grants support the creative process and build the capacity of small and mid-size arts and cultural institutions across all arts disciplines, and promote diversity in the city’s creative life. Capacity-building grants support strategic planning, technology enhancements, board and staff development, marketing, and outreach initiatives.

Goal: Nurture a Vibrant and Inclusive Arts Community in New York City
  • Supporting organizations that assist individual artists and the creative process with an emphasis on providing opportunities for artists of color and other underrepresented artists.
  • Providing artist residencies, in partnership with grantee organizations, at The Pocantico Center.
  • Building capacity in small and mid-size cultural organizations, particularly those that are community-based and/or reflect the city’s diversity.

The Fund prioritizes support for organizations with annual budgets under $4 million. Given limited resources and to enable the Fund to be responsive to a wider range of applicants, grantee organizations must wait a minimum of three years from their grant final payment before reapplying. The Fund does not make grants to individuals.

Submit a letter of inquiry

Featured Grantees

Three people in a dance studio, each crouched near the floor, leaning on one hand.

Choreographer Ephrat Asherie working with the Dance Lab New York ensemble during her 2019 Lab Cycle residency. (Photo by Francisco Graciano.)

The Broadway Dance Lab, Inc.
2014 Choreography Fellows Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell perform as part of City Center’s Studio 5 series. (Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of New York City Center.)
New York City Center, Inc.

News and updates

RBF Grants $1.5 Million to Help NYC Museums Build Back Better

The initiative will support a range of exhibitions, programs, residencies, and other projects that provide greater visibility and opportunities for artists who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, as well as for women and LGBTQ artists.

New David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center Will Nurture the Arts in Westchester and the World

The Pocantico Center will adapt the historic Rockefeller Orangerie for cultural and sustainability programming.

2019 Pocantico Summer Performance Series

The Pocantico Center summer performance series brings the best of New York City arts and culture to the lawn of Kykuit. Performances in 2019 include Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dance Lab NY, PAGE 73, and more. (Photo: Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project 2017 performance.)