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Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Artists
for Community Arts and Cultural Projects

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Deadline Date:

04/06/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and individual artists for arts events, activities, and projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to enhance the cultural services and programs provided by local organizations and artists. Projects must take place in the City of Mount Vernon and be focused on the residents of Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon Arts Initiative is designed to help Mount Vernon's community-based cultural organizations and artists enhance the cultural programs and services they provide to city residents, while also enhancing and improving the neighborhood's facilities, and/or city parks where they occur. The grants also help locally-based cultural organizations and artists to build their capacity and to contribute to the city's community building and economic development efforts. 

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)

Artists may apply for:

  • Creation of New Work: This category provides commissioning support to artists for new work created and presented in a community setting. This funding supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under the artist's direction. An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process; OR
  • Community Engagement Project: This category supports community-based arts and cultural projects developed by individual artists to offer an open-to-the-public arts activity, workshop, or public project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143030

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request between $1,000 – $5,000. Organizations applying for more than one grant may request up to $5,000 per application.

Artists may request between $1,000 – $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, organizations must:
- 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 Mount Vernon.
- Have a mission statement that clearly delineates the arts or local history/culture as primary, both in focus and in actual operations.
- If a past grant recipient, your organization must be in good standing regarding submission of required 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.

To be eligible, artists must:
- Live in Westchester County, or own/rent space in Westchester County at the time of the application and for the duration of the planned project
- If a past grant recipient, must be in good standing regarding submission of required reports

For ineligible projects/expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:59PM

Organizations may submit up to two (2) requests up to $5,000 each for different projects. Artists may only request support for one project in this category.

ArtsWestchester will announce awards in late June/early July 2021.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, contact:
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USA: New York: Mount Vernon

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