Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund
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.
Open Call Timeline
The Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund open call is now closed. Thank you for your application!
- Applications Open: August 23, 2021
- Info Session: August 31, 2021
- Application Support Session 1: September 9, 2021
- Application Support Session 2: September 15, 2021
- Application Support Session 3: September 16, 2021
- Applications Close: September 19, 2021
- Decision Notification: Early October 2021
Learn more about the Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund from LP staff through this info session. The session took place virtually on August 31, 2021 via Zoom.
Support Session 1: 5:30-7:30pm EST Thursday, September 9, 2021
Support Session 2: 5:00-7:00pm EST Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Support Session 3: 6:00-7:30pm EST Thursday, September 16, 2021
Need support with your application? LP staff will be available for 30-minute individualized application support. The sessions will take place virtually on September 9th, 15th, and 16th in 30-minute blocks. Registration is required 24 hours before the event. You will receive an email confirmation with a personalized time slot for you and/or your group.
During the session, LP staff can answer any questions you have about the application process, provide tech support or troubleshooting with the Submittable platform, review your draft application responses for clarity, and/or provide feedback on your proposal. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.
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+
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
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
- Doll making
- Fashion design
- Furniture making
- Cooking or baking
- Hair braiding
- Traditional dance
- Traditional music
- Creative writing
- Poetry & prose
- Short stories
- Interactive design
- Sound art
- Web-based work
- Instrumental performance
- Oral history
- Performance art
- Spoken word
- Digital art
- Graphic design
- Mixed media
- Screen printing
We recommend all applicants review the program guidelines before submitting an application. Download the guidelines here.
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.
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.
APPLICATION SUPPORT SESSIONS
Yes! Please email us at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 718-574-0798 and we can schedule a time that works for you.
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
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.
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.
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