Starting Artists, Inc.

CEC Spring RFP


Request for Proposals

Through a generous grant from the International Youth Foundation and Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action, SA is piloting a new initiative as part of its Afterschool Program called the Creative Entrepreneurs Club (CEC), designed both to unleash teenagers’ artistic potential and to benefit local nonprofits through real-world creative services and products.

The Creative Entrepreneurs Club (CEC), a project of Starting Artists, Inc., announces pro bono design services to benefit small, start-up, and grassroots nonprofit organizations located in Brooklyn, NY, or with programs based in Brooklyn, NY.

The CEC is an opportunity for teen designers with experience in illustration, graphic design, photography, video, animation, and branding to use arts and business skills to benefit their community through donating their creative services. 1-2 grantees will be selected to receive a creative project free of charge each school semester while CEC student leaders earn stipends for their work.

How to Apply

NYC-based nonprofit organizations (501c3 status not required if you are incorporated in NY State as a nonprofit) with budgets under $500,000 are eligible to apply.

  1. Fill out the two-page APPLICATION, attaching up to two additional pages as needed to describe the proposed project. Pages exceeding this limit will be unread and recycled.
  2. Propose a creative project and explain how it will help your organization to better serve your community. Examples include brochure design, digital photography/ documentation, short videos/animations, mural painting, viral marketing, exhibition design/installation, and logo design. Please be as specific as possible when describing the role of the CEC in the project. The more detailed, yet concise the proposal, the better.
  3. Include a current budget and UP TO 3 pieces of marketing materials.
  4. Mail, email: [email protected], or drop off the application.

Applications are due by Thursday, April 15th at 6:00pm to:

Starting Artists, Inc.
211 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: M-TH, 10am – 6pm

For any questions, comments or concerns please contact:

Marisa Catalina Casey
Executive Director
[email protected]

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