Booth Ferris Foundation: Arts & Culture Grant

Booth Ferris Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 3, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Music Education Art Education Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

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About this funder:



The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 under the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth. Since that time, approximately $281 million has been contributed from the Foundation to worthy organizations for a variety of charitable purposes. 

Funding Interest: Arts & Culture

The Foundation supports arts and culture organizations located in New York City and working directly to enhance the vibrancy and cultural richness of New York City. Arts and culture organizations eligible to apply include performing, presenting, education, intermediary, advocacy, public policy and capacity-building organizations.

Support is available for capacity building or capital projects. 

Priority organizations will meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate standards of artistic excellence
  • Engage significant numbers and reach a diverse audience and constituency base
  • Maintain an annual budget over $1 million
  • Demonstrate a proven record of success in achieving measurable outcomes
  • Maintain a strong track record of fiscal health including sound financial planning and robust funding from diverse sources.

Support is available for an organization’s own capacity building or for its capacity building activities on behalf of a group or network of nonprofits.

Guidelines for capacity building support:

The Foundation supports capacity building activities that build nonprofit infrastructure and sustainability, enabling organizations to achieve greater performance and impact. The Foundation supports activities to strengthen leadership and adaptive capacities, as well as management and technical capacities. Strong proposals will clearly articulate intended goals and a process for measuring capacity building outcomes.

Examples of capacity building activities supported by the Foundation include:

  • Adaptive Capacity- Strategic planning, organizational assessment, needs assessment, strategic plan implementation, program evaluation, collaborations and mergers
  • Leadership Capacity- Board development, professional leadership development and succession planning
  • Management and Technical Capacity- Human resources management, financial management, fundraising, marketing/communications and technology

Guidelines for capital support:

  • Capital campaigns and major capital improvement projects must have already met at least 50% of their fundraising goals in order to apply for support

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
  • Restrictions:
    • Maintain an annual budget over $1 million.
    • A minimum of three years must elapse between grant awards.
  • Type of Support:
    • Capital and
    • capacity building.


  • The following requests will receive priority:
    • Requests for capacity building efforts or capital projects (see guidelines below) directly linked to long-term strategic planning
    • For capacity building, requests that lay out a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period
    • Requests that come at a period of transformative organizational growth or at a critical juncture in the organization’s lifecycle
    • Requests that lay out clear benchmarks for success and a plan for measuring project outcomes.


  • Grants are not made to organizations whose primary work is conducted outside of the United States, and grants are not made to individuals, to federated campaigns or to work with specific diseases or disabilities.
  • Proposals from educational institutions for scholarships and fellowships and for unrestricted endowment are discouraged, as are proposals for individual research efforts at such institutions.
  • Proposals from social services and cultural institutions from outside the metropolitan New York area will not be considered.
  • The Foundation does not provide general operating support or support for ongoing programs or activities.