Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, we seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. We provide grants to small (operating budget of $750,000 or less) Black Arts nonprofits working to enhance the future of Black arts & culture. DéLana R.A. Dameron founded Black Arts Futures as a philanthropic initiative of Red Olive Creative Consulting in 2017. BAFF operates as a donor advised fund with the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Black Art Futures Fund is interested in supporting the dynamic work of Black arts organizations in any genre, or projects that center Black art or artists at non-Black organizations.

As a mostly volunteer operation, we currently do not have the capacity to field all 1:1 inquiries regarding specific applications. Please review the application worksheet, attached below. We hope that by providing the questions ahead of time, and by aspiring to make a clear application, organizations of any size or capacity can feel confident in their application.

NEW FOR 2020 CYCLE III

BAFF is interested in getting to know you better throughout the application process. We’ll have two stages. 

January 1, 2020 – January 21, 2020
Application of Interest
All small Black arts not-for-profit organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects are eligible to submit an Application of Interest during this period.
January 1, 2020 – January 21, 2020
February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Application Period
Eligible organizations will be invited to apply for BAFF funding. Volunteers will be made available to review completed drafts if submitted before March 6, 2020. 
February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
May — June 2020
Grantees announced
May — June 2020

Black Art Futures Fund is proud to acknowledge through the fund the ongoing work of Black arts organizations that have survived and thrived for 10 years or more. Eligible organizations founded on or before January 2010 who complete the application of interest will be invited to answer Legacy Questions during the second phase.