The mission of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone is to sustain the economic revitalization of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance.

In addition to the categories listed below, UMEZ is proud to announce the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant, a program 
designed to enhance the diversity and frequency of cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. These grants will be administered through a re-granting organization; more information will be available later this fall.
Capacity Grants are multi-year, matching grants for organizations that are expanding their staff and operations, based on a strategic plan for growth. Requests may be made to execute selected portions of an organization’s strategic plan or other long-term effort to expand and strengthen the organization’s resources. Funding in this category may support new, non-program staff positions and consultancies; components of new fundraising, marketing, and/or earned income initiatives; and capital projects.

For technical support, contact Submittable.
For general inquiries, contact the UMEZ Cultural Investments team at culture@umez.org.
Infrastructure Grants are multi-year grants to improve an aspect of an organization’s operations without requiring the addition of new staff positions. The project request should be driven by a business or strategic plan. Funding in this category may support a software upgrade (e.g., fundraising, financial, or marketing analytics), hardware, web site upgrade, marketing campaign, redesign brand image, sales and inventory management, capital improvements, and accessibility improvements, among other examples, as well as the implementation costs associated with the project. 

For technical questions, contact Submittable. 
For general inquiries, contact the UMEZ Cultural Investments at culture@umez.org.


Technical Assistance Grants allow organizations to work with a consultant to address a specific issue or challenge. Technical Assistance Grant projects are self-determined; organizations may seek expertise in fundraising, marketing, governance, business plan development, or similar critical needs. A Technical Assistance Grant may prepare the recipient to apply for a Capacity Grant or Infrastructure Grant.

Organizations seeking a Technical Assistance Grant will work with UMEZ staff to develop a consultant proposal based on the organization's specific needs, and to make a selection from among a list of pre-approved consultants.

For technical assistance, contact Submittable. 
For general inquiries, contact the UMEZ Cultural Investments team at culture@umez.org.

A Catalyst Grant is a one-time matching grant to support a major cultural project undertaken by partnering organizations and/or artists in Upper Manhattan. Eligible cultural projects must have the potential to attract major visitorship and build visibility for Upper Manhattan. Catalyst Grants may support participating organizations’ and artists’ marketing, public relations, audience development, and data capture expenses, as well as administrative and artistic fees associated with the project. Partner organizations do not have to be located in Upper Manhattan, but only UMEZ-eligible organizations will be eligible to receive UMEZ funds.

For technical questions, contact Submittable.
For general inquiries, contact the UMEZ Cultural Investments team at culture@umez.org.