The Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grant Guidelines Administered by The Made in NY Media Center by IFP
30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (t) 212. 465. 8200 x 230
QUESTIONS? Contact Michelle Carollo | Community Engagement Manager
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED. FINALIST SELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 19TH.
DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 13th at 11:59 EST.
The Made in NY Media Center by IFP was developed through a unique partnership between Independent Filmmaker Project, The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries and platforms create, collaborate, connect and incubate across a spectrum of programs, events, and experiences. The Media Center brings together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and content creation. Since opening its doors the Media Center has held more than 100 classes and 300 events serving more than 25,000 people in its classrooms, media gallery, theater, café, incubator and community member spaces.
Awards are from $5,000 – $10,000 dollars open to all New York City – based media and technology projects (Non-profits, individuals, and small businesses) including content creators, independent filmmakers, documentarians and fledging media and entertainment businesses that hold great promise in creating innovative content and products that contribute to the overall development in the field. *A range of projects will be considered, for example, from new ways to create and distribute virtual reality to new platforms and media projects leveraging mobile devices to innovative films and interactive documentaries.
PROJECT TIMEFRAME: November 2, 2015 – October 31, 2016
FINAL REPORT DUE: November 2, 2016
SHORTLISTED REVIEW: October 13 – 14, 2015
FINALIST SELECTION: October 19, 2015
Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP + Made in NY Media Center by IFP
Sabrina Dridje, Director, Made in NY Media Center by IFP
Tom Constabile, Associate Director, Verizon Ventures
Noah Harlan, Founder, Two Bulls
Julie Goldman, Motto Pictures
PROGRAM PRIORITIES: (In no particular order)
Innovative | Unique | Multi-disciplinary projects across platforms
Media Entrepreneurs and innovation
Incubators with 1-5 employees
Early stage technology companies
Demonstrated financial plan for beginning phase of project
Multi-disciplinary projects across platforms
Virtual Reality (VR)
ELIGIBILTY REQUIRMENTS: (Please note all applicants must meet the basic eligibility requirements to apply)
Projects MUST be in the Media and Technology industries
Media + Technology companies MUST be in the beginning funding stages at the time of application. (Note: companies at funding stage Series A and greater are not eligible for grant funds.)
Incubation companies with 1-5 employees are eligible. (Note: companies with more than five fulltime employees are not eligible for funding.)
Companies operating under a D/B/A MUST have a Certificate of Authority
Companies MUST provide proof of business registration (AG registration and / or tax-filings are accepted.)
Individuals MUST be a New York City resident at time of the award (Proof of residency in the form of a current rental agreement, utility bill, ID card, Driver’s License or voter registration card are acceptable.)
Non-Profit Organizations MUST be a NYS registered 501c3 (Note: New York State Tax Exemption Certificate from the Department of Taxation + Finance is Not considered proof of non-profit status and Not accepted.)
Companies primary place of business MUST be in New York City
Companies MUST provide proof of a business registration form (AG registration and / or tax-filings are accepted.)
The majority of the team MUST be New York City-based
GRANT RESTRICTIONS: Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grants are not awarded to the following
Public school districts and their affiliates
Public Universities and/or Colleges
Federal, New York State Agencies and local agencies-departments and municipalities
Companies that are not New York City- based
Majority of the team is not New York City – based
Non-profits without a NYS 501c3
Incubators with more than five fulltime employees
Technology companies in Series A funding or greater
Capital expenditures, i.e. purchasing general office equipment – computers, copiers, etc.
Major expenditures for the establishment of new business/organizations
General operating expenses
Fellowships at professional training schools
Re-granting Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation funds
Entertainment costs including theater parties, galas, openings, receptions, and fund-raising benefits
Any good, service, or fee not outlined / specified in the grant proposal
REVIEW CRITERIA: Strength of applications will be judged on the following
Projects that fall within the program priorities
Quality, strength and novelty of the project
Evidence that the project’s phase in the application has potential to be completed during the grant cycle
Feasibility of the project – fulfillment of estimated time frame and expectations
Professionalism of overall application, initial budget and required proof of residency/status/certificate
RESPONSIBILITES: All Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grant awardees are required to adhere to the following
All grantees are required to adhere to a contract during the grant cycle with the Made In NY Media Center by IFP, which outlines the terms of their grant. Please note that The Media Center will include provisions that allow for cancellation of the grant / return of funds for non-compliance.
Must become an Incubator Member for one year (12 months) with the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.
All grantees must print the following credit line in all programs or printed materials describing the funded project.
“ This project _insert name___is incubating in the Made in NY Media Center by IFP”
Must submit an initial budget and outline the project
Must be present for a follow-up with a mid-term budget and project report
Must submit a final report and final budget no later than November 2, 2016
Must document and retain all receipts pertaining to the project and complete (2) evaluations
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are submitted online. However, certain documents must be e-mailed and received by the deadline, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:59 EST. to be considered complete.
1.) Applications are submitted online. However, certain documents must be e-mailed and received by the deadline, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:59 EST. to be considered complete. All applications must be typed and submitted electronically via the Made in NY Media Center by IFP website. Applications cannot be saved, once the submit button is pressed you cannot go back to change or edit your application. Application here. 2.) Use Code MINYGRANT 3.) Email initial budget form and proof of residency, either copy of license, ID card, rental agreement, utility bill, AG registration, Certificate of Authority or registered NYS 501c3 to Michelle Carollo, Community Engagement Manager.