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Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - Art Access Grant

Grants to Queens, New York Nonprofits for
Performing, Literary, Media, and Visual Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Queens Council On the Arts (QCA)

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Deadline Date:

10/26/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Queens, New York nonprofit organizations and collectives for public arts projects and events that are accessible to all residents. Several information sessions will take place starting June 19 through October 11. First-time applicants and those applicants that have not applied in the past two years must either attend a session or a one-on-one meeting. Meetings may be scheduled starting July 21 through October 10.

Project funding is available for:

- All disciplines including, performance, literary, media and visual arts projects that enhance quality of life in Queens
- Projects that increase overall cultural awareness in the community
- Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming
- Arts and cultural activities taking place within Queens in the 2018 calendar year
- Artists' fees
- Direct administration costs
- Marketing and publicity costs
- Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
- Funded projects that culminate with a public exhibition or presentation in 2018 calendar year and are accessible to the general public of Queens.

Priority will be given to nonprofit arts organizations and artists whose primary mission is to provide arts and cultural programs at the community level in Queens as well as:

- First-time applicants
- Cultural activities that benefit underserved communities
- Cultural traditions and/or contemporary creative expression of cultural ethnicity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174633

Estimated Size of Grant:

Arts Access Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 for organizations.

Term of Contract:

QAF funding is for the calendar year. All proposed projects must be completed between January and December of the year you receive the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:

- Queens-based nonprofit organizations producing arts and cultural programming that directly serves the citizens of Queens
- Organizations that have limited access to existing funding sources with a grant to provide public arts events to the Queens community
- Organizations that represent all disciplines of art programming

Specific Criteria:

- Applicant organizations must have existed for at least one year.
- Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization and must provide proof of nonprofit status with a 501(c)3 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
- Organizations must be based in Queens with a Queens street address (PO boxes not accepted).
- Organizations must have operating budgets of less than $100,000 in at least two of the last three years.

Organizations without a Nonprofit Status:

- Queens-based organizations without nonprofit status, including artist collectives may apply with a nonprofit organization acting as a fiscal sponsor.
- A letter of commitment for the partnering applicant organization confirming the partnership is required.

Fiscal Sponsorship Eligibility:

- Meets the same organization eligibility requirements as outlined above for nonprofit organizations
- Does not need to be a Queens-based nonprofit however, the funded project must take place in Queens
- May not be both a fiscal sponsor and a direct applicant to the QAF Arts Access grant.
- There are other funding opportunities through the QAF program.
- A letter of commitment on the fiscal sponsor's letterhead is required.
- Funds, if awarded, will be dispersed to the fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor will allocate the funds according to the letter of commitment
- Applicants that receive direct NYC DCLA support cannot serve as fiscal sponsors

Not eligible:

- Individual artists
- Applicants who cannot demonstrate at least 25% of the total project income coming from sources other than Queens Council on the Arts

Ineligible Use of Funds:

- Organizations that received direct support from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in any amount for DCA’s FY18 grant cycle (projects occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018)
- Organizations funded previously who failed to submit final reports, or who failed to credit NYC DCA and the Queens Council on the Arts as stipulated in their cultural contract
- Establishment of new organizations
- Projects that exclude the general public, including members-only access
- Equipment or capital expenditures
- General operating expenses
- New York City public school districts, private or parochial schools, and/or public colleges or universities (However, PTA's with nonprofit status independent of the school and providing activities to the community at-large are eligible.)
- New York City agencies
- In-school arts in education programs
- Recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic art programs
- Fellowships, scholarships, or endowments
- Cash awards for juried exhibitions
- Acquisitions
- Entertainment costs including openings, receptions, catering, or fundraising

Pre-proposal Conference:

All first time applicants that have not applied in the last two years must attend an application information session in one of the following ways:

1. Attend an informational group session. - RSVP here:
2. Attend a one-on-one meeting with a QCA staff member. - RSVP here:

QCA encourages all applicants to attend an information session and to contact the QAF Staff to discuss your project before submitting your application.

On-line Tutorials are available for your future reference. You can access the video here:

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2017 by 5:00 PM

Applications must be submitted online. QCA does not accept paper copies of the application or hard copies of supplemental materials.

All requests for draft review should be made at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline.

Appropriate budget must demonstrate at least 25% of total cash income coming from other sources of funding.

Contact Information:

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

To apply, go to

Contact Grants and Resource Director, Lynn Lobell at or (347) 505-3015.

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USA: New York City: Queens;   New York