Arts Alive Guidelines
Arts for Special Needs Guidelines
Basic Program Support Guidelines
Challenge for the Arts Guidelines
Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Guidelines
Project Support Guidelines
Yonkers Arts Initiative Guidelines

Funding Categories



For application guidelines please click on the link below or to the left. 
Funding may not be available in every category every year.

 


Arts for People with Special Needs for Cultural Organizations

This funding opportunity supports cultural organizations serving people with disabilities such as cognitive, developmental, neurological, physical or psychological impairment. In addition to supporting cultural organizations, human service agencies may apply for artists residencies if they serve clients with mental health issues due to conditions such as, incarceration, abuse, homelessness, as well low income families or individuals.

For more information please contact Sue Abbott via email:  sabbott@artswestchester.org

Arts for People with Special Needs ~ Artist Residencies
The Arts for People with Special Needs funding opportunity is designed to enable human service agencies to engage their clients in arts-making activities. This funding opportunity is designed to assist human service agencies in bringing artists on-site to conduct residencies. To be eligible for support, you must partner with an artist on ArtsWestchester’s Directory of Teaching Artists

For more information on Artist Residencies, please contact Jessy Mendez at jmendez@artswestchester.org
 
The Arts for People with Special Needs Grant is made possible with support from Westchester County Government.
 
Arts Alive Grants 2017
Applications for Arts Alive are now closed.  Check back later for updates on the 2018 grant cycle.

Arts Alive Artist Grants
Arts Alive Artist grants provide direct support to artists to create original new work that incorporates the community as context. Projects must be initiated by the artist, and a reflection of the community must be integral to the project and to the creative process.  The disciplines eligible for support are choreography, film/video, writing, multi-discipline arts, music composition, and visual arts.  Award limits are $2,500 per artist grant.

Arts Alive Community Project Grants
Arts Alive Community Project grants support cultural programs at the community level, including artist-driven projects, projects produced by emerging cultural organizations, historic sites, and projects that showcase particular cultural traditions.
Grants awards: $1,000 — $5,000.

First time applicants are most competitive. Artists and Unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in partnership with a fiscal agent organization.
 
Note: Fiscal Agents must register as a “distributor/direct receiver” and approve artists and unicorporated arts organizations prior to filing of application.

Arts Alive Education Grants
Arts Alive Education grants are a local arts-in-education funding program that is administered by ArtsWestchester for Westchester County. Education Grants encourage partnerships between schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations that support the New York State Learning Standards through the arts.

Application Workshops
ArtsWestchester provides a series of technical assistance workshops to review the guidelines, application form, the panel process and discuss project ideas with potentials applications.

For a list of upcoming workshops click here.

ArtsWestchester staff is available, by appointment to provide one-on-one technical assistance.  Please call (914) 428-4220.

Report Deadline for all Arts Alive Grants is 30 days after completion of project.
Note: Failure to submit reports could jeopardize future funding.

The Arts Alive Grant program is made possible with funds from Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.


Basic Program Support Grants
Applications for the 2017-18 funding cycle are now available.  Submission deadline is Friday, April 7, 11:59pm.
 
Basic Program Support Grants are directed toward ongoing activities of eligible, Westchester-based arts organizations and historic sites. When considering the provision and level of Basic Program Support, the panel examines all aspects of your operation, including artistic merit, financial stability, the strength and involvement of the board, scope of programming, geographic area and number of people served, and inclusiveness at all levels of operation (including board, staff, audience). 

For more information, send an email to: sabbott@artswestchester.org

Report Deadlines for Grant Period Y2016-17
Interim Report:  February 10, 2017
Final Report:     August 11, 2017
Note: Failure to submit reports could jeopardize future funding.
To access the final report form, please log-in.
 
The Basic Support Program Grant is made possible with support from Westchester County Government.
Art$W Challenge

The Art$W Challenge
is a funding opportunity open to cultural organizations that received a Basic Program Support or Project Support grant in the last two funding cycles.  The opportunity is designed to help boost their operating income by attracting new contributions.  With support from Westchester County government, ArtsWestchester is able to match new money your organization raises.
 
For information, please call (914) 428-4220, ext. 304.
Challenge for the Arts matching Grant is made possible with support from Westchester County Government.

Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Grant
Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Grant applications for Individual Artists are now available.  Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 11:59pm.

ArtsWestchester offers an initiative to artists and cultural organizations in Mount Vernon. The goals of this initiative are: to increase the breadth and number of arts activities in Mount Vernon, to help locally-based arts groups build their capacity, to provide opportunities for Mount Vernon artists, and to encourage arts activities that contribute to community building and economic development.
For questions regarding the Mount Vernon Initiative Grant please email Lauren Brady at lbrady@artswestchester.org.

 
Report Deadlines for Grant Period Y2016-17
Interim Report:  February 10, 2017
Final Report:     August 11, 2017
Note: Failure to submit reports could jeopardize future funding.
For more information, send an email to: sabbott@artswestchester.org
 
Mount Vernon Arts Initiative awards are made possible with support from Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Project Support Grant
Applications are now available for the 2017-18 grant cycle.  Submission deadline is Friday, April 7, 11:59pm.
 
This funding category makes our grants-making more flexible and enables us to better align funding to the wide variety of arts and cultural organizations in Westchester County.  ArtsWestchester defines “project” broadly: you may apply for support for a series of related events such as a film series or summer concert series; for an individual program or event; for a special program or pilot project.  This funding category is primarily intended for organizations with modest incomes that are run by volunteers; for cultural organizations whose public programming is developed and funded by a friend’s groups; and cultural organizations that offer a relatively limited season of arts programs/activities.

For more information, send an email to: sabbott@artswestchester.org
 
Report Deadlines for Grant Period Y2016-17
Interim Report:  February 10, 2017
Final Report:     August 11, 2017
Note: Failure to submit reports could jeopardize future funding.
To access the final report form, please log-in.
 
The Project Support Grant is made possible with support from Westchester County Government.

Yonkers Arts Initiative Grant
Yonkers Arts Initiative Grant 2017-18 applications for Individual Artists are now available.  Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 11:59pm.

The Yonkers Arts Initiative is designed to help Yonkers’ artists and cultural organizations enhance the services they provide to Yonkers residents. These funds are designed to encourage the creation of new work and support community engagement projects throughout the city of Yonkers.

For questions regarding the Yonkers Initiative Grant please email Lauren Brady at lbrady@artswestchester.org.

Guidelines 
 
Report Deadlines for Grant Period Y2016-17
Interim Report:  February 10, 2017
Final Report:     August 11, 2017
Note: Failure to submit reports could jeopardize future funding.
 
Yonkers Cultural Arts Initiative awards are made possible with support from Westchester County.