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NeON Arts Grants

NeON Arts is a project of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network that offers young people in New York City the chance to explore the arts through projects in a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, poetry, and digital media. NeON Arts is seeking artists and art organizations to implement projects in seven neighborhoods across New York City. Programming is available in seven communities which connect local residents to opportunities, resources, and services provided by businesses, community organizations, and government agencies in their neighborhoods. NeON Arts funds and supports New York City artists and organizations who partner with NeON communities to deliver arts projects that help young people develop creative, social, and emotional skills, and build positive peer relationships. All artists and arts organizations are selected by local NeON stakeholder groups, which comprise people on probation, DOP staff, key members of the community, and local businesses. For more information about the NeONs, visit the NYC DOP website.

Artists and arts organizations are selected to receive grants by local NeON stakeholder groups comprising DOP staff members, individuals on probation, key members of the community, and local businesses. There are four grant rounds: Winter, Spring, Summer Internship Intensive, and Fall. For the Winter, Spring, and Fall rounds, the grant amount awarded will be up to $15,000 per NeON. For the Summer Internship Intensive round, the grant amount awarded will be up to $8,000 per NeON. If you are selected to receive a grant for more than one NeON, you will be awarded a separate grant for each NeON for which you are selected. Applicants are welcome to apply to more than one round of NeON Arts, and to more than one NeON within each round. If your grant application is not selected, you will have the opportunity to apply again when future rounds are announced. If you would like to receive feedback on your grant application, please email neonarts@carnegiehall.org.

Fall/Winter Round: November 2019‒March 2020

Spring Round: April 2020‒July 2020

Summer Round: July 2020–September 2020

Fall/Winter Round: December 2020‒March 2021

The application for the 2020 spring and summer rounds opens in November 2019 and closes in February 2020. The application for the 2020‒2021 fall/winter round opens in May 2020 and closes in August 2020.

Contact Us

For more information, email NeON Arts: NeONArts@carnegiehall.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitch Presentations

Pitch presentations for each round take place at all seven NeONs on an invitation-only basis. You will be notified via email if you are invited to attend a pitch presentation. Pitch presentations allow artists and arts organizations to talk with NeON stakeholders about their applications and project ideas. Stakeholders will ask questions after each presentation. Your presentation should be five to seven minutes long and include the following elements:

  • Introduction:Who are you and what is the mission of your art and/or arts organization?
  • Goals:What goals will your proposed project accomplish?
  • Youth Connection and Opportunity: What are the potential employment or internship opportunities that will be available to participants? What are your workshop recruitment and engagement strategies? Where will your workshops take place?
  • Summary: Provide a summary of your workshops that includes an outline of what participants will be doing during the workshops, as well as any creative opportunities that will be available to them outside of the workshops (i.e. field trips).

Your presentation can include audio/visual media and/or a live demonstration. You should also feel free to bring a young person who has participated in your previous projects to the presentation.

Grants Eligibility

  • Grantees may be awarded grants for up to two NeON locations per grant round.
  • Grantees may be awarded grants for up to two consecutive rounds of funding per calendar year.
  • Grantees who have been awarded grants for two consecutive rounds of funding for the current calendar year must wait to apply for funding until the following calendar year.

If you answer “yes” to the questions below, you are eligible to apply for a NeON Arts grant.

  • Are you an individual artist or arts organization that is interested in implementing art projects in community and justice settings?
  • Do you have previous experience working in justice settings?
  • Do you have previous experience working with youth?
  • Is your work conducted in at least one of the five boroughs of New York City?
  • Are you available to collaborate with NeON Arts staff and NeON stakeholders to plan, implement, and execute an arts project?
  • Do you have relevant experience in completing similar projects?
  • Are you able to work with NeON stakeholders to recruit participants from the NeON community?
  • Do you have previous experience working in the NeON neighborhood in which your proposed project will take place?
  • Are you able to plan and produce a final public event that allows participants to share their work and accomplishments with their community?
  • Can you submit a proposal that includes goals and outcomes for participants?

Additional Information

  • Artists and arts organizations from the seven NeON neighborhoods (Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Staten Island, Harlem, Jamaica, and South Bronx) are strongly encouraged to apply to work in their respective neighborhoods.
  • You do not have to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
  • Partnerships can be valuable to the success of NeON Arts projects. While it is not required, applicants are encouraged to explore partnerships with organizations both within and outside of the arts.
  • NeON stakeholder groups value projects that will have an impact on the participants, the NeON, and the surrounding community.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Logos for Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, NYC Probation, NYC Council, NYC Cultural Affairs, and NYC Young Men's Initiative

NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

Lead support is provided through NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s Innovative Criminal Justice Programs Initiative with sponsorship by Council Members Keith Powers, Vanessa Gibson, and Jimmy Van Bramer.

Major support is provided by The Kresge Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the City of New York through Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Vanessa Gibson, Robert Holden, and Deborah Rose, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Young Men's Initiative.

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