Culpeper Arts & Culture Guidelines
As of October 2, 2020, new Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from grantseekers for 2021 are no longer being accepted. If you currently have an LOI in progress in the portal, please complete and submit the LOI by Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Please note that the review of your application may take up to six months and applicants will be contacted once a decision is made.
Further information for the 2022 grant year is forthcoming.
Please be in touch with the Culpeper Arts & Culture program team if you have any questions ([email protected]).
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.
- 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.