The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. Grants from the fund will provide assistance to New York City arts groups in all disciplines that identify, train, and support young artists in their pre-college years. The purpose of the fellowships is to help young artists achieve a significant career development milestone, such as acceptance into a conservatory, a professional company, or another advanced training program.
Grants will be made to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that provide training and support to talented youngsters from New York City in all artistic disciplines. Priority will be given to small and mid-size groups with minimum budgets of $250,000. Applicants should offer a comprehensive set of classes and support services to prepare youngsters from families with limited resources to compete artistically, academically, and personally for scholarship places in advanced training programs.
Fellowship activities and support may be provided directly by the sponsoring organization or in cooperation with another group. The grantee organization will be responsible for recruiting and selecting fellowship recipients. Fellowships may last for up to three years.
Grants will range up to $60,000 for each organization, depending on the number and size of fellowships covered. The amount the fund will contribute to an individual fellowship will be up to $7,000 a year. A limited amount of organizational costs also will be covered. Fellowships may cover appropriate services needed to ensure artistic development, such as individual and small group classes, repertoire development, audition training, and funds for special clothing, equipment, and instruments, as well as for travel and costs associated with parent involvement.
Complete program information, the RFP, and application procedures are available at the New York Community Trust Website.