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Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund

Overview

The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund call for applications is now closed. Stay tuned for the next open call in August 2021!

ABOUT THE CREATE & CONNECT FUND

The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund seeds the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We will provide $1,000 grants towards each funded project, for a total of 10 to 11 projects. We are looking for creative initiatives and projects that are rooted in community, foster connections, and ignite conversations and/or collaborations. In other words, we support community building amongst neighbors.

We encourage you to apply if you have a new creative project or an ongoing/long-term initiative that positively impacts and engages a group, audience, or community in Bed-Stuy. We are particularly interested in projects that nurture creativity and uplifts collective recovery, and/or community wellness. Proposals can be for ideas that are virtual, in-person (with appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions in place), or some combination of both. There will be two application cycles of the Create and Connect Fund this year: the first cycle opens April 19, 2021 and the second cycle will open late August, 2021.

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

  • April 19, 2021: Applications Open
  • April 29, 2021: Info Session
  • May 6, 2021: Application Support Session
  • May 16, 2021, 11:59pm EDT: Applications Close
  • Early June 2021: Decision Notification

Thursday April 29, 2021
6:00–7:00pm EDT
Watch a recording of the session here

Learn more about the Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund from LP staff. The session will take place virtually on April 29 at 6:00pm EDT via Zoom. Live transcription will be available.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

Thursday May 6, 2021
6:00–7:30pm EDT
Register to attend here

Need support crafting your application? LP staff will be available for individual and/or small group application support virtually via Zoom on May 6 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

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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:

  • Applications 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
  • Applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color
  • Applications from individuals in the disability community, including immunocompromised individuals
  • Applications from individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+

Types of eligible projects 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? Explore these links to reference projects across the country: 

FAQ

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, projects 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 projects 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.
The application opens Monday, April 19 and closes Sunday, May 16 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 anticipate sending final notifications during the first week of June.

Applicants may submit only one application per project idea. If you have more than one project idea, 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.
LP staff members across departments will review all applications and select a shortlist that will also be evaluated by a small group of Bed-Stuy community leaders. 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.
Please see the list of eligible projects above. The funds can be used for any aspect of the project, 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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