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Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

04/10/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit cultural organizations and individual artists in eligible regions for arts events, projects, and activities that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support activities open to the public and promote the creation of new artistic works and artist-led community projects. Artists may request funds for the creation of a new Mount Vernon-based work of art or a community-engagement project that will take place in 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.

ArtsWestchester's grants program provides funding opportunities in several categories. While each category has a different focus, the following criteria are common to all:

  • Artistic Merit of Programs
  • Impact
  • Financial Viability
  • Service to the Community
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness

The weight ArtsWestchester places on each criteria may vary from category to category. Funding opportunities intended to strengthen the arts in community life may, for example, place greater weight upon community need and impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143030

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Artists may requests between $1,000 and $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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.
- 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.

Note: Those who applied for Basic Program Support, Project Support, or Arts Alive grants, the request through this initiative must be for programs/activities that are different from those supported through those funding categories. Priority will be given to brand new initiatives not previously funded.

For ineligible projects/expenses, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the Mount Vernon Arts Initiative and Yonkers Arts Initiative, you are encouraged you to tune into this webinar to see if this opportunity is right for you.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 5:30-6:30pm | Webinar

This session originally scheduled as an in-person meeting will now proceed as a webinar.

Webinar Link:
Meeting ID: 735-987-192


Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020, by 11:59 pm. The application is to be submitted online.

Awards will be announced in late June/early July 2020.

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

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For more information and application assistance, contact:
Lauren Brady
914-428-4220, ext. 316

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USA: New York: Mount Vernon

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