2018 Artist Community Engagement Grant Guidelines

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to submit an application to Rema Hort Mann Foundation (RHMF)’s 2018 Artist Community Engagement (ACE) Grant in New York City. This is a closed-call application. Please do not share the application materials with other artists.

Email Maryam Parsi at with your intent to apply no later than Friday, December 15, 2017


Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:59 pm EST

About the Artist Community Engagement Grant

The ACE Grant provides financial support—individual grants ranging from $750–$1,500—to projects that are community-based and foster communication, community participation, and cultural exchange.

The grant is available to a wide range of project formats, including panel discussions, artist talks, public presentations, workshops, web-based activities, lectures, screenings, publications, and other public events or cultural exchanges. We support projects that encourage cultural or traditional sharing locally or across borders as well as projects that broaden audiences in a specific community.

The ACE Grant does not support general costs—including equipment costs or studio costs—for an artist’s practice. Rather, it is a project-based grant. Individual or collaborative projects should focus on community engagement, cultural exchange, and the sharing of ideas.

Eligibility and Requirements

Only artists who were nominated for the 2017 Emerging Artist Grant in New York City are eligible to apply for the 2018 ACE Grant in New York City. Recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Grant are not eligible to apply.

Artists may apply as an individual or collaborative. Collaborating artists can include any artists, who may or may not have been nominated to RHMF. The lead artist—the main contact for the ACE Grant Application—should be the artist who was nominated to RHMF.

Proposed projects should be completed by Summer 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection jury. Grants will be awarded ranging from $750–$1,500 at the discretion of the selection jury and distributed to selected grantees around mid-May.

The ACE Grant may be used to pay for expenses related to the proposed project, including artist fees.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid-March 2018.

Online Application Form

In the Online Application Form—via Submittable—we will ask for:

  • Contact Information
  • Discipline
  • Artist Statement (100 word limit): Provide a brief narrative paragraph that describes your work and creative practice specifically. If you’re applying as a collaborative, the statement should reflect the collaboration.
  • Artist CV (1–2 pages): Provide a current resume related to your creative practice. Collaborative groups should submit a resume that shows a history of collaboration when possible. Word files are preferred; PDF files are acceptable.
  • Project Summary: provide 1–2 sentences only describing your project and its goals.
  • Community Engagement Proposal: Briefly describe how the project will engage with a specific community or audience and what you hope the project will accomplish. (100 word limit)
  • Project Proposal: Include a detailed description that includes who will be involved, what the activities are, and where and when the project will occur. Be sure to include why the project is important and how it relates to your practice as an artist or collaborative. Proposed projects should be completed by Summer 2018.
  • Budget: Provide an itemized list of the project’s costs, including artist fees. Be sure to include the total project’s costs.
  • Income: Provide any income that has already been designated to the project if applicable.
  • Grant Amount Request: Provide the amount you are requesting for this grant. It should be between $750–$1,500.
  • Work Sample (images): Follow the guidelines below.
  • Image Checklist: Provide captions for each of your images. Include Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Location (if applicable).
  • Video/Audio Work Sample (optional): Follow the guidelines below.
  • Video/Audio Caption (optional): Include Title, Date, Original Format, Location (if applicable), Original Running Time.

Work Sample Guidelines

Prepare a well-organized Work Sample that represents your best, completed work. You may include works-in-progress as they relate to the project, but we recommend limiting the number of works-in-progress that you include to only a couple.

You must prepare your files, file names, and links as described below before you upload files or include links on the Online Application Form. You may submit up to 10 jpeg images. You may additionally include up to two (2) links to video/audio work that is time-based.


Before uploading files to the Online Application Form, you MUST save them on your computer in the following format:

LastName-FirstName-##.jpg. For example:

Smith-John -02.jpg
Smith-John-03.jpg (etc.)

  • Files must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension at 72–120 dpi.
  • During the selection process, applications will be reviewed online.
  • Captions should include the following: Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Location (if applicable). Image captions should correspond to the number indicated in your jpeg file name.


You may additionally submit links if your work is time-based. (Do not use this option to submit a slide presentation or trailer of your work; the video/audio work sample should directly represent your artwork.)

Provide weblink addresses to video or audio clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc). Provide the password for password-protected videos.

You may submit a video (which can contain one clip or multiple clips) that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer, provide the cue point to start and stop.

  • Submit up to two (2) clips of video totaling no more than six (6) minutes of footage all together (in total).
  • Indicate the cue time for each video (i.e. 0:00–3:00 OR 1:45–7:45, etc.).
  • During the selection process, videos will be viewed online.
  • Each clip will be played for no more than the allotted time from the cue point; start times for each clip should mark the beginning of a segment that best represents your work.
  • Video clips are accepted as Weblinks to videos hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
  • Provide passwords for password-protected videos if applicable.
  • Captions should include the following: Title, Date, Original Format, Location (if applicable), Original Running Time.
  • Ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least three months beyond submitting this form.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed under the following criteria:

Artistic Strength and Merit of Work

Feasibility (capacity to realize proposed project)

Community Engagement (in alignment with the grant’s criteria)

RHMF is committed to maintaining diversity in its grant programs in terms of cultural background, geographic distribution, and areas of expertise.

An independent jury NYC-based arts professionals, representing a broad and diverse range of experience, will review the applications online and in a series of rounds. In the first round, jurors will score applications independently. In the following rounds, jurors will deliberate and make final selection of grant winners. Grant amounts will be awarded at the discretion of the jury.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application around mid-March 2018. 

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, February 2, 2018, 11:59PM (EST)

If you have any questions, please contact Maryam Parsi at