Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture Investment Guidelines

The Staten Island Foundation is focused on supporting arts and culture programs to enhance the quality of life for all residents in Staten Island. We believe that through arts education both youth and adults have an opportunity for self development and a better understanding of human cultures and our shared human experience.  Helping arts organization to expand their audiences especially  the number of young Staten Islanders participating in arts and cultural activities increases these opportunities.  Please review the results we seek and examples of the investments we make in each of our priority focus areas below to determine if your project aligns with Staten Island Foundation’s guidelines.

        Results we seek in this priority focus area are:

  • Increases in the number of individuals participating in Staten Island art and culture offerings,
  • Increases in the number of schools and community organizations that offer strong arts education
  • Increases in the number of youth that  participate in the arts in or out of school through multiple experiences
  • Increases in meaningful and lasting participation by emerging ethnic groups and historically underserved populations in our area’s existing arts and culture offerings
  • Improvements in effectiveness and efficiency of arts organizations that leads to their enhanced sustainability

We make the following types of investments in this priority focus area:

Direct Service:

The Staten Island Foundation invests in programs and projects that are focused on improving the lives of those being served. Examples of direct service investments in this area include but are not limited to – arts education programs, new performance series, new exhibits, projects that expose students to a variety of art forms, projects that build the artistic skills of residents, projects that build the teaching skills of artists, projects that enhance cultural or historical understanding. These one year grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Capacity Building:

At times we believe that making an investment to support the organizations we fund so they can achieve and sustain stronger results for those they serve, is the best investment we can make. Examples of Capacity building investments in this area include but are not limited to – training and professional development in best practices or technical assistance that helps staff deliver services more effectively, projects focused on strategy, fundraising or other plans, especially earned income efforts, collaborative marketing opportunities, planning, professional development for educators, development of arts curriculum that meets NYC school “blueprint” standards, development of new cultural offerings. These one year grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Capital Improvements:

At times we believe that investing in capital improvement is the best investment we can make to increase the efficiency or effectiveness in your organization. Examples of Capital Improvement investments in this area include but are not limited to –theatre restoration, historical preservation projects, new performance or exhibit space, and projects that enhance the capacity and infrastructure of cultural organizations including technology and new equipment that help track audience development and feedback. These grants are very limited at this time.