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Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund

Overview

ABOUT THE CREATE & CONNECT FUND

The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund is a community micro-grant fund that the LP launched in 2020. The Fund seeds and supports the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. During the 2022 cycle, we will provide $1000 grants towards each funded project, for a total of up to 25 proposals. We are looking for creative initiatives and projects that are rooted in community, foster connections, and ignite conversations and/or collaborations.

ABOUT THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT

The Laundromat Project (The LP) is a Black-rooted and People of Color-centered, New York City arts organization dedicated to advancing artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. In 2020, we marked our 15th anniversary with a new home at 1476 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

We are looking forward to the space serving as an arts and cultural community hub where we can grow, learn, adapt, and build long-term relationships of mutual support with neighbors, communities, and organizations.

As an arts organization, we believe that art, creativity, and culture play an essential role in bringing people together to share stories and perspectives while also nurturing joy, celebration, and liberation. As we make a new home in Bed-Stuy, we aim to honor Bed-Stuy’s rich creative ecology, amplify cultural legacies, support local artists, neighbors, and uplift Bed-Stuy’s history as a Black diasporic neighborhood.

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Open Call Timeline

KEY DATES

Applications Open: June 1, 2022
Applications Close on Sep 1, 2022

Need support with your application? Please contact the LP programs team at [email protected] or by phone and leave a voicemail at 718-574-0798. LP staff will be available for 30-minute individualized application support. You will receive an email confirmation with a personalized time slot for you and/or your group.

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Eligibility

Self-organized groups or collectives (i.e. sewing club, writers group); formal organizations (i.e. block associations, tenant associations); and individuals (at least 18 years of age) living, working, or otherwise committed to and invested in Bed-Stuy are eligible to apply. Please note the legacy of place is a core value of this Fund, so proposals must be responsive to or centered within the Bed-Stuy neighborhood and communities. We also see the allocation of this Fund as a way to help counter structural, systemic injustices in Bed-Stuy. Therefore, we will prioritize:

  • Proposals from residents born and/or raised in Bed-Stuy, generational Bed-Stuy residents, and residents who have lived in Bed-Stuy for more than 10 years
  • Proposals from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color
  • Proposals from individuals in the disability community, including immunocompromised individuals
  • Proposals from individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+

Check out the C&C 2022_Info Presentation to learn more. 

Types of eligible proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Virtual workshop series focused on art-making, skill-sharing, and/or creative or cultural activities that create space for community building
  • Projects/initiatives that strengthen connections to place in Bed-Stuy
  • Ongoing podcasts, storytelling, or oral history projects as they relate to Bed-Stuy
  • Outdoor performances or activations in local Bed-Stuy parks or community gardens including dance, theater, musical, spoken word/open-mic*
  • Community and place-based projects including public murals, walking tours, sidewalk chalk art competitions, public installations, performances, creative scavenger hunts, community bike rides or roller skating activations, wayfinding projects*
  • Virtual or socially distant gatherings for intergenerational community members including sewing or knitting clubs, writing groups, singing circles, etc.*
  • Support towards arts and cultural festivals including art making at block parties or fairs*
  • Mail or postal projects that encourage social connectedness
  • Creative activations around mutual aid or cultural organizing

*In-person events and activities must apply appropriate COVID-19 protocols

  • Solo production of art works made for personal practice
  • Proposals with no involvement, impact, or engagement with additional stakeholders or a broader community
  • Projects, events, and/or activities that require an admission or participation fee

DEFINING ART

At The Laundromat Project, we define art as visual, media, literary, and performing arts as well as curation, scholarship, education, healing, community organizing, and other cultural traditions, productions, and practices. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to apply.

Consider the following list of types of art (categories and language adapted from Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant).

  • Book art
  • Costume design
  • Crocheting
  • Doll making
  • Fashion design
  • Furniture making
  • Knitting
  • Puppetry
  • Quilting
  • Weaving
  • Woodworking
  • Zines
  • Cooking or baking
  • Hair braiding
  • Gardening
  • Storytelling
  • Traditional dance
  • Traditional music
  • Creative writing
  • Playwrighting
  • Poetry & prose
  • Short stories
  • Animation
  • Audio
  • Film
  • Interactive design
  • Podcast
  • Sound art
  • Video
  • Web-based work
  • Composition
  • Deejaying
  • Hip-hop
  • Instrumental performance
  • Jazz
  • Opera
  • Producing
  • Rapping
  • Singing
  • Songwriting
  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Movement
  • Oral history
  • Performance art
  • Spoken word
  • Theater
  • Comics/cartoons
  • Digital art
  • Drawing
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Installation
  • Mixed media
  • Murals
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Screen printing
  • Sculpture

Need inspiration? Check out Spring 2021 Create & Connect Fund recipients, here, and:  

FAQ

We recommend all applicants review the program guidelines before submitting an application. Download the guidelines here.

ELIGIBILITY

No, applicants do not need to identify as artists to be eligible. However, proposals must incorporate elements of art or creativity. At The Laundromat Project, we define art as visual, media, literary, and performing arts as well as curation, scholarship, education, healing, community organizing, and other cultural traditions, productions, and practices. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to apply.

No, you do not have to currently live in Bed-Stuy to apply, however applicants must be committed to and invested in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Proposals will be evaluated based on the project idea according to the criteria listed. The legacies embedded in place is a core value of this Fund, so proposals must be responsive to or centered within Bed-Stuy and impact or engage a group, audience, or community in Bed-Stuy.
Yes, any group, organization, or individual committed to or invested in Bed-Stuy is eligible to apply, however priority will be given to informal groups with less access to funding sources.

Yes, any group, organization, or individual committed to or invested in Bed-Stuy is eligible to apply, however eligible proposals must focus on the theme of community building, collective recovery, or community wellness and must be free for participants. We are looking for new creative projects or ongoing/long-term initiatives that positively impacts and engages a group, audience, or community in Bed-Stuy.

Yes, we welcome past participants to re-apply if they need financial support to complete a new project or event.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis from June 1 until the September 1, 2022 deadline or until 25 proposals have been selected. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis to provide more flexibility for applicants to submit proposal ideas based on their project timelines. Applications will be periodically reviewed throughout the open call to ensure that applicants are notified in a timely manner. Because we can only fund up to 25 proposals, we will share widely if we are close to nearing our maximum recipients prior to the deadline, via social media, this webpage, email, and directly to all applicants who have an application draft started on Submittable.

Applicants may submit only one application per project idea. If you have more than one proposal, please choose the one you feel is the strongest.

Applicants for collaborative works or applicants applying on behalf of a group or organized body should select one member to submit an application for review. 

If you are the project lead applying on behalf of a group, you may also apply with another, unrelated project idea as an individual. 

Yes. Please be aware that communications regarding the status of the application will be sent to the email address associated with the Submittable account. Please make sure to create a Submittable account for the individual you are assisting.

A grant-writer can assist with the application process in collaboration with the organization they are working for, but the contact information (including email and phone number) listed on the application and the Submittable account associated with the application must belong to the organization representative that will be carrying out the proposal if funded.The grant writer cannot be the main contact person for the application. The LP may reach out to the organization to confirm application details.

NOTIFICATIONS

The application opens Monday, August 23 and closes Sunday, September 19 at 11:59pm EDT.
You will receive an automated email response from Submittable confirming your application was received.
Yes, but we encourage you to save it often in case of any internet or technical difficulties. You can also draft your responses on a separate document, and copy and paste them onto Submittable when you are ready to submit.
You will be notified via the email you provided in your application.

We will send periodic notifications between beginning-July and late-August 2022, depending on when your application is submitted. We anticipate notifying applicants no later than a month after their submission.

DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS

LP staff members across departments along with a small group of Bed-Stuy community leaders will review all applications. We will evaluate projects by their alignment with the goals of the Fund to foster community, relationship building, and collaboration in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood through creativity and community wellness. Projects and activities must be able to be developed, installed/performed by the applicant independently without production support from the The Laundromat Project, while taking into consideration current CDC and New York City health and safety guidelines.
Award amounts are $1,000 USD each, payable by check or PayPal or Zelle electronic transfer.
Funds can take up to one month to be received following notification that you have been selected. Please take this timeline into consideration as you plan your project.
Please see the list of eligible proposals above. The funds can be used for any aspect of the proposal, including commission or compensation fees for the project lead (applicant) and/or additional artists/collaborators.
Yes. This is considered taxable income, please consult with a tax professional if you need guidance through this process.

If you have further questions, you can contact The LP Community Engagement team by email at [email protected], or by phone and leave a voicemail at 718-574-0798.

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