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Arts Alive Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and
Artists for Community Arts Projects

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Deadline Date:

04/21/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500, grants of $2,500, and grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and individual artists for community arts projects and programs in eligible locations. Funding is intended to promote access to the arts for all residents. Applicants must be located in Westchester or Rockland.

The Arts Alive grant category is one of ArtsWestchester’s most effective means of supporting arts activity for Westchester and Rockland County’s geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse population. This funding opportunity helps to ensure that residents throughout Westchester and Rockland have access to the arts in their communities, particularly in areas where access is limited.

There are three distinct Arts Alive funding opportunities: 

  • Arts Alive Project grants constitute the largest component of the Arts Alive funding category. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects. Supported projects must be fully open to the public. 
  • Arts Alive Artist grants support the creation and presentation of new work by professional artists.  An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project.
  • Arts Alive Arts Education grant supports lifelong learning in the arts. Funded activities may take place in classrooms, after-school programs or community sites including agencies serving people with disabilities, day-care and senior centers.

Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, online programming is eligible for consideration. 

Eligible expenses:

  • Activities/projects of local arts organizations
  • Artist fees
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Administrative expenses directly related to the project
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program/project
  • (New) Project-related expendable equipment, software, project-related subscriptions
  • (New) Planning and preparation expenses for a proposed event.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147740

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Project Grant Award Amounts: $1,000 to $5,000
- Artist Grant Award: $2,500
- Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500

Cultural Organizations, unincorporated arts groups, and artists may submit up to three requests for Project and/or Education totaling no more than $5,000. Fiscally-sponsored requests are exempt from the 3-request limit and $5,000 request cap.

Individual Artists applying for an Artist grant may each submit only one request for $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The 2021 cycle of Arts Alive can support arts and culture projects happening between July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

I. Organizations
Organizations may apply for Project and/or Education grants. In order to apply directly, your organization must:
- Be designated as a New York State not-for-profit, based in Westchester or Rockland and whose primary area of service is within Westchester or Rockland
- A proposed project must take place in the same county where the applicant organization is legally based.
- Be governed by an active board of trustees that meets regularly or be able to demonstrate that it is working toward establishing such a board
- Conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

If your organization is not yet incorporated as not-for-profit, you may apply through a fiscal sponsor or community partner that submits the application on your behalf.

II. Artists
Artists may apply for any of the Arts alive funding opportunities:
- Project grant (through a fiscal sponsor or community partner
- Education grant in partnership with a Westchester or Rockland public school (K-12) or community-based organization
- Artist grant. To be eligible, you must reside in or rent/own a studio in Westchester or Rockland at the time of the application and for the duration of the project.

For more information about applying through a Fiscal Sponsor, see

For a list of what ArtsWestchester is not able to fund through Arts Alive Grants, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre Application Workshop
ArtsWestchester encourages applicants to attend the pre-application workshop to see if this funding opportunity is right for them.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
1:00PM on Zoom
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Can’t attend? Contact to set up a one-on-one appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Contact Information:

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


If you experience difficulty with the online application, contact ArtsWestchester Grants department at

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