City Lore

City Lore

56 E. First Street
New York, NY 10003

Steve Zeitlin
Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3):1985
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1988
Number of sponsored projects: 10

Fiscal sponsorship fee
Fiscal sponsorship fee:5%

Eligibility criteria:
Aligned mission values
City Lore sponsors a variety of filmmakers, folklorists and other cultural specialists.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth and families
  • Education
  • Festivals and events
  • People or communities of color/minorities
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Women
  • Youth development

Note: We sponsor programs in all of these areas if there is also a cultural connection to the project.

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Receiving property and stock donations


Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model B, Independent Contractor Project
  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship


Organization description:
City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. We document, present and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We work in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts education; and grassroots poetry traditions. In each of these realms, we see ourselves as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.