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Recipients

Materials for the Arts Recipients Get Free Supplies

Each year, MFTA provides millions of dollars of supplies as well as inspiration to New York City's artistic and educational communities.

Only registered recipients can schedule shopping appointments to visit our warehouse for supplies and obtain items through our online Direct Donations listing.

In order to become a registered recipient, your organization must meet our eligibility requirements. Please check your eligibility.

If eligible to become a new recipient, please use our online application form.

For DOE recipient schools, please check our comprehensive listing of existing MFTA school accounts.

  • If you are an individual and want to be added to the existing school account, please speak to your principal. Principals and assigned Account Managers have the ability to add and delete teachers.
  • If the school is not already registered, please use our online application form.

To request the MFTA logo for publicity materials, please e-mail info@mfta.nyc.gov with the subject-line ‘Logo’ and include details of where and how it will be utilized.


Eligibility
Guidelines
All MFTA recipient organizations must operate within the five boroughs of New York City. They must also fall into one of the following categories::
  • Nonprofit arts/cultural groups with at least two years of established ongoing arts programming.
  • Fiscally Sponsored individuals, organizations and projects with at least two years of established ongoing arts programming.
  • Nonprofit community service, social service, health, and environmental organizations with at least two years of established ongoing arts programming.
  • NYC Public Schools - 93% of DoE schools have MFTA accounts, check if you school has one already.
  • New York City, State or Federal Agencies (including Public Libraries, CUNY, SUNY).

Please Note: Programming held within the current year does not count towards the two years requirement. All programming must be from prior years.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • Individual Artists who are not fiscally sponsored
  • Early Childhood or Head Start Programs
  • Pre-K Programs
  • Private Schools for their regular daytime school programs
  • Start-up Organizations
  • Religious Organizations that do not have ongoing arts programming that is open to the public and non- religious
NYC DOE Public Schools
City, State, and Federal Agencies (including Public Libraries, CUNY, SUNY)
Nonprofit Organizations & Sponsored Artist's Projects

NYC DOE Public Schools

Use the online application form

All NYC DOE employees must apply with their DOE email address and school’s physical address. Personal home and personal email address cannot be used to process DOE applications.

Principals:

The following format must be entered under the company organization – Name Field

  • NYC DOE [insert school DBN here] – Name of school
    • Ex: PS 110 in Manhattan should apply as: NYC DOE M110 – PS 110

Teachers and School Staff: Most schools are already MFTA recipients. Please speak to your principal about being adding to your school's list of authorized representatives.

For questions regarding a public school's application, account management or registration, please email education@mfta.nyc.gov.

City, State, and Federal Agencies (including public libraries, CUNY, SUNY)

Use the online application form and submit the documentation listed below:

  • A formal request letter on letterhead from an official representative addressed to Ms. Harriet Taub, Executive Director and must include the following:
    1. Representative’s job title and full contact information
    2. Date and signature; unsigned letters will be returned.
    3. Outline of your program and your need for materials

Please scan all submission documentation and send via e-mail to applications@mfta.nyc.gov; by mail by mail to 33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd floor, LIC, NY 11101.


Nonprofit Organizations & Sponsored Artist's Projects

Use the online application form and scan all submission documentation requested below via e-mail to applications@mfta.nyc.gov; by mail to 33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd floor, LIC, NY 11101. Applications must be completed within 90 days and can take up to 3 to 4 weeks to process however this is dependent on the thoroughness of the original submission.

All requested documents must be submitted as MS Word documents, PDF documents or as JPEGs. Information or documentation that is submitted in the body of the email or any links to websites or Google Docs will not be accepted.

  1. A formal request letter on official letterhead addressed to Ms. Harriet Taub, Executive Director and must include the following:
    • Your job title and contact information.
    • Date and signature; unsigned letters will be returned.
    • Description of your organization's arts programming
    • Mission Statement
    • List of Board of Directors and their titles if applicable
    • Fiscally sponsored artists must submit a resume, CV or bio of key personnel in lieu of the Board of Directors list.
    • Total annual operating budget
    • List and name your organization's funding sources (do not include the names of private donors)
  2. Proof of nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship (only one is required):
    • A copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) approval letter
    • New York State Charities Registration
    • A letter from sponsoring organization outlining the scope and timeframe of sponsorship.
  3. Proof of Arts Programing - at least a two years established history; anything from the current year does not apply. All proof must be from prior years of programming. Three different forms must be provided from the following categories:
    • Flyers
    • Programs
    • Images of artwork/arts programming in progress
    • Calendars/Schedule of events
    • Exhibition Catalogs
    • Playbills
    • Newsletters/Press Release
In order to become an MFTA recipient, your organization must meet the eligibility requirements.

Could your organization or school already be a member?
If you are unsure, please contact us:

If your organization/school is not a member, then fill out the application provided below.

For all NYC Public Schools, the following format must be used:

  • NYC DOE [insert school DBN here] – Name of school
    • Ex: PS 110 in Manhattan should apply as: NYC DOE M110 – PS 110
  • All NYC DOE employees must apply by using their DOE email address and school’s physical address. Home and personal email addresses cannot be used to process DOE applications.

For Fiscally Sponsored organizations or individuals, the following format must be used:

  • Name of Organization/Individual – Name of Sponsoring Organization
    • Ex: John Doe’s Playhouse – Fractured Atlas

Once the initial application has been submitted, an email will be sent to you with the next steps.

Click here for the online application form.