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Variety the Children’s Charity of New York 2016 Grant Overview

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Variety the Children’s Charity of New York announces an open call for letters of inquiry for the 2017/18 grantee cohort. Variety New York supports grassroots non-profit organizations in the New York Tri-State area whose programs use the arts as a catalyst to transform the lives of children in underserved communities.

In order to qualify for a Variety New York grant, your organization must be a grassroots non-profit transforming the lives of children through the arts. The work must have an impact on the lives of children in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. The program(s) must fall into one or more of our focus areas:

  • Art Therapy – programs using formal therapy programs, with licensed arts therapists, to support the individual and social growth of children experiencing mental or physical traumas. Therapy program may incorporate any arts medium including, but not limited to music to dance to visual arts to performance. There is an understand that these programs may reach fewer youth, therefore it is imperative that these applicants clearly demonstrate long term care and outcomes for youth.
  • Arts Education – programs using the arts in or out of school to support the individual, interpersonal, academic, vocational or civic outcomes for youth. These programs focus highly on the process to create rather than the ultimate product, although the arts products resulting from these programs are often of high quality. Often these programs hinge on the employment of teaching artists and other professional with arts, education and youth development expertise.
  • Arts for Social Change – programs using the arts as a mechanism by which youth are contributing to community development, social change and/or social justice efforts. The focus of these programs is often multifaceted with outcomes at the community level as well as the individual youth level. Youth engaged in these programs often demonstrated increased competencies in leadership, civic engagement and social awareness.

  • Variety awards restricted grants for specific projects and programs up to $20,000. First year applicants typically receive grants up to $5,000. Applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry no longer than two pages which includes the following information:

  • Alignment to Variety New York’s mission
  • A brief overview of the organization and the proposed program/project including why the organization considers itself grassroots
  • Description of organization’s unique characteristics including why the organization has the capacity to execute the proposed program(s)
  • How Variety’s Value-Added program will help the organization

  • Additionally, applicants should be prepared to fully participate in Variety New York’s value-added programming, which includes monthly workshops, data collection for collective evaluation, publication opportunities and attendance at additional value-added events. For more information about Variety’s Value-Added Philanthropy program please download our publication “The Art of Adding Value” at http://varietyny.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Variety-Paper_Feb2013_FINAL_pages.pdf.

    The letter of inquiry deadline is Monday, November 21, 2016, 5:00 pm EST. Applications must be submitted through the online form submission. Late applications will not be accepted. The form submission will not work after the deadline. Please use the following link to apply: https://varietyny.formstack.com/forms/2016loi.

    Between 30 and 40 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for review by Variety’s staff and board. Applicants invited to submit will be notified before the end of the year. Full applications will be due in February followed by site visits to the finalists. Grant decisions will be made in June/July 2017 and funds distributed thereafter for use during the 2017/18 grant year.

    We do not grant money for capital improvements, administrative overhead, to other foundations, nor individuals. We do not make funding commitments beyond one year.

    For more information about Variety the Children’s Charity of New York’s grant-making or the 2016 grant application process, please contact Kerry Maloney at kmaloney@varietyny.org.

    Applicants are encouraged to reach out to discuss their work prior to submitting. An upcoming question and answers session will be hosted at Variety’s offices on October 27th from 12-2pm.

    Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to tboyce@varietyny.org if you intend to attend.


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