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Yonkers Arts Initiative Grant


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #141668

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and individual artists for arts and cultural activities and community engagement projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended to enhance the cultural services and programs provided by community-based organizations and artists. Eligible activities must take place in the City of Yonkers and be focused on the residents of Yonkers.

The Yonkers Cultural Arts Initiative provides project grants in two categories:

Organizations may apply for a variety of open-to-the-public activities, including but not limited to:

  • A single event, such as an exhibition, performance, or arts festival
    • A series of related activities, such as a film or concert series
    • Public art (site-specific sculpture, mural, installation)
  • Individual Artist may apply for:
    • Creation of New Work – Grants that provide commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work created and presented in a community setting. This funding supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under an artist’s direction.  An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process.
    • Community Engagement Project – These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by individual artists to offer an open-to-the public arts activity, workshop, or public project

Project/activity must have a confirmed project location at the time of application.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility Requirements:
- Demonstrate 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt status as a private, not for profit organization incorporated in New York State
- Be headquartered in the City of Yonkers
- Have a mission statement that clearly delineates the arts or local history/culture as primary, both in focus and in actual operation ("arts" includes developing skill in or knowledge of a discipline.)
- If a past grant recipient, your organization must be in good standing regarding submission of required reports
- The organization must operate in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

Artist Eligibility Requirements:
- Live in the City of Yonkers, or own/rent space in Yonkers at the time of the application and for the duration of the planned project.
- If a past grant recipient, you must be in good standing regarding submission of required reports

The following are not eligible for a Yonkers Arts Initiative award:
- Projects/programs that are operated by the City of Yonkers or are part of the service the City provides to residents
- General operating support requests
- Capital projects
- Programs, projects, activities funded through an ArtsWestchester grant in another category
- Fundraising activities
- Deficit-reduction activities
- Programs/activities open only to members and/or in a closed in-school or after-school setting
- Purchase of equipment or non-consumable supplies or materials
- Grant-making organizations/activities
- Prize money or awards
- Purchase of refreshments
- Tuition-based classes or instructional programs, except need-based financial aid
- Programs/activities that are primarily therapeutic, except by prior approval.

Please Note: Organizations that receive direct support from Westchester County Government are not eligible for ArtsWestchestert grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the Mount Vernon Arts Initiative and Yonkers Arts Initiative, please attend an upcoming info session. The sessions are identical, feel free to attend one. The sessions will run perhaps an hour and will be recorded and made available online after they are complete.

Session 1: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 1:00pm.
To register for this meeting click here:

Session 2: Thursday, Mar 10, 2022 10:00am.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 11:59pm.

ArtsWestchester is expected to announce awards in late June/early July 2022.

To watch the video of the Yonkers and Mount Vernon grants info session click here:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Organizations may request between $1,000 – $10,000. If you are applying for more than one grant, total request cannot exceed $10,000.
- Artists may request between $1,000 – $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

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