Founded in 1995, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation supports arts and cultural organizations through grants that catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change, and develop capacity for greater civic engagement.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for projects that support art and social justice. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to ethical artistic practice designed to broaden access to the arts in the five boroughs of New York City in one of the following categories: public art, art in community and service centers, artistic activism, community-based museums, art in the service of social justice or change, promotion of underrecognized/emerging artistic practice, or arts education. (Note: the foundation’s grants to educational institutions are for direct program expenses only.)
First-time applicants are encouraged to apply for project support. Applicants that have previously received a project grant are eligible to apply for general operating support. Applicants requesting project support should have matching funds that cover at least half of the project’s costs. General operating support requests should not exceed 10 percent of overall operating costs.
To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or have a fiscal sponsor with such status, and be active in the five boroughs of New York City.
See the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously awarded grantees.