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Cultural Space Subsidy Program: FAQ

Who is eligible?

Eligibility is open to arts, education, and community focused groups. Professional artists with a strong exhibition history are also eligible to apply.

What is the selection criteria?

Organizations will be evaluated with focus placed on their level of community engagement and social impact. Preference will be given to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that concentrate on arts, education, or community advocacy and programming, as well as organizations that demonstrate clarity of vision and a history of successful programming in support of their mission, regardless of non-profit status. Professional artists with a strong exhibition history or community focused practice are also eligible.

What types of spaces are available?

The spaces available through the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program are commercial office and studio spaces located in DUMBO. Most have high ceilings and natural light. All spaces have access to freight elevators, communal conference rooms and high-speed internet. Spaces awarded range from 700 – 2,500 rsf.

Are there any restrictions or limitations on use of the space?

Grantees must maintain an active professional practice (i.e. the space may not be used for storage or sublet to other groups/individuals).

  • Use of highly toxic chemicals, welding, or high-powered electrical equipment is prohibited.
  • Conducting illegal activities is grounds for immediate termination.
  • Living in Two Trees commercial spaces is strictly prohibited.
What are the lease terms?
  • Leases granted will be for three (3) years. There is no renewal option, however, tenants may re-apply at the end of their term.
  • Tenant to pay all applicable common charges and utilities.
  • Tenant must obtain limited liability insurance for the duration of their lease.
How much is the rent?

The Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program offers a reduced rate of $12/RSF per year.

What is the application process?

Candidates must submit an application with support materials at https://twotreesny-cssp.submittable.com/submit

When is the application and award timeline?

Applications are reviewed annually. Schedule for 2022 leases:

  • Applications accepted April 15 - May 15, 2021
  • Notification of award by September 30, 2021
  • Leases start early 2022
  • Leases expire December 31, 2024
I am an existing tenant, what happens when my lease expires during the application review period?

The existing lease terms of current tenants will be honored on a month-to-month basis until the program awardees are announced.

I am an existing tenant and I am not accepted for a rent subsidy, what are my options?

Existing tenants that apply but are not awarded a rent subsidy will be offered a market rate renewal on their space or on a different space, pending availability. Should these tenants choose to vacate, they will have 90 days from date of notification.

What are the reporting requirements?

Cultural Space Subsidy tenants are encouraged to contribute to the local community – i.e. through a presentation of a public installation or workshop or event. Additionally, awardees will be required to submit an annual report outlining any programming progress updates, activities from the past year, details of their engagement with the local community, and plans for the forthcoming year.

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DUMBO Commercial Leasing (718) 222-2506
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