Culpeper Arts & Culture Guidelines

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from grantseekers are now being accepted; LOIs will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds have been fully allocated. A review of your application may take up to six months. You will be contacted once a decision is made.

We are not able to meet with grantseekers to help them decide on a project before submitting LOIs 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.

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.

Application for New York Arts Organizations

Featured Grantees

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.
A scene from Marcus Gardley's The Box: A Black Comedy, which made its premiere in 2014 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo courtesy of The Foundry Theatre)
Foundry Theatre, Inc.

News and updates

Video: Behind the Scenes with the Artists of Composers Now and the Asian Cultural Council

Creativity can be fueled by the collaboration between artists who approach their work in different ways and together discover new forms of expression. The Pocantico Center hosted more than a dozen residencies in 2016. Here is a glimpse into two of them.

Black Iris Project Brings Black Lives to the Stage

Artists from the Black Iris Project, a new ballet group recently featured in The New York Times, will participate in a 10-day residency at The Pocantico Center this spring.

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

Mayor de Blasio has appointed Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, the director of the Fund's Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture program, as vice chair of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.