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 volunteer-only operation, we currently do not have the capacity to field 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 2019, 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. Applicants that were founded on or before 2008 are especially encouraged to answer the Legacy Questions in the application.