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Grants to New York Nonprofits for Public Arts Projects

Cultural Competitive and Emerging Film Festival Grant


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Funding Source
Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs (SCOCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Suffolk County

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/11/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for public arts projects in eligible locations. Applicants must view a grant workshop and contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support local arts organizations and collectives that promote cultural participation. The goal of the grant program is to celebrate diversity, build neighborhoods, and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Grants will also support increasing the arts in economically distressed communities and promoting visitation to downtown locations. Projects must take place in Suffolk County and must be open to the public.

Funding Goals

  1. Promote affordable and accessible spectator and participatory arts experiences and cultural events that embody the highest artistry and creative vibrancy for community members.
  2. Increase opportunities for professional Suffolk County performing, visual, literary, and media artists to engage with the community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizational Eligibility:
1. The organization has the arts as the center of its mission
2. The organization must be in operation for at least one year.
3. Project(s) must take place in Suffolk County and must be open to the public.
4. The organization must provide proof of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status OR secure a fiscal sponsor that meets the regulations of a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization from the U.S. Treasury Department under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations that are in Non-compliance as of Dec. 15, 2023, for calendar year 2023 with the Suffolk County Comptroller are ineligible for funding.

Organizations that have failed to complete prior EFF/CC Final Reports in a timely fashion are ineligible for funding.

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
All applicants are required to attend a Grant Writing Workshop for Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs (SCOCA) Cultural and Film funding programs. The workshop was held on October 17. After October 17 to view the workshop recording please contact

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: Monday, December 11, 2023, by 4:00 p.m., for the 2024 calendar year programs.

The proposed program budget must show how additional sources will match Suffolk County funds.

Estimated Size of Grant
The organization must request a minimum of $5,000

Term of Contract
Grants will have a one-year term of agreement; expenses must be incurred during January 1 - December 31 of the contract year.

Contact Information
Please send an email to the following email address notifying that your grant packet is ready to be submitted:

The team will respond to your email within 24 hours with a link to upload your completed grant packet

Direct questions to the email address above.

Suffolk County Office Of Cultural Affairs
Department Of Economic Development And Planning
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: 631-853-4800

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