January 11, 2012
Since the Union Square Awards was established in 1998, more than $16 million has been distributed to 238 emerging organizations in New York City. We appreciate all those that have given their time and talents over the past thirteen years to support our programs, the Award recipients, and ultimately the communities they serve.
After careful consideration, we have decided to phase out grantmaking over the next three years. Commitments to current grantees will be met as planned, and the Union Square Fund will distribute an additional $1.5 million through the 2012 General Operating Support (GOS) and Renewal grant programs.
Selection processes will prioritize past Union Square Award and Arts Award recipients working with low-income communities toward social justice goals and addressing under-resourced issues, populations, and needs. Application instructions for upcoming grants will be sent directly to eligible organizations. In order to focus resources on existing awardees, no new candidates will be considered and the nominations process has therefore been suspended. As activities are being scaled down by December 2014, technical assistance opportunities will continue to be made available to active grantees toward capacity building.
We are proud of the unique role the Union Square Awards has played within the philanthropic community.
The Union Square Fund Board