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Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - Art Access Grant

Grants to Queens, New York Nonprofits for
Public Arts Projects in the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Queens Council On the Arts (QCA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/25/18 11:59 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. First-time applicants must attend an application information session. Funding is intended for projects that will strengthen community bonds, increase awareness and access to cultural activities in Queens, and advance the applicant organization's mission.

Project funding is available for:

- Performance, literary media and visual arts projects that enhance the 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 2019 calendar year

Grant funds can be used for:
- Artists' fees
- Direct administration costs
- Marketing and publicity costs
- Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project

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
- Artist-driven projects that are collaborative between artists and/or organizations.
- Cultural activities that benefit under-served communities
- Cultural traditions and/or contemporary creative expression of cultural ethnicity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174633

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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 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.

What Arts Access Grant cannot fund:

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

QAF Application Information Sessions are mandatory for first time applicants.

Applicants that have not applied in the past two years are strongly encouraged to attend.

Group information session schedule:

Space is limited - RSVP is highly recommended

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

One-on-one draft review sessions:

Applicants that have started drafts can come in for a one-on-one meeting with QCA staff, to review their application before submitting. Sign-ups for one-on-ones will open two weeks before the day of the session. QCA will announce when sign-ups are open. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Review sessions are 20 minutes long, and all applicants are required to have a draft started for review.

One-on-one session schedule:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration Opens August 28

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration Opens September 13

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration Opens September 18

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 25th by 11:59 PM.

Letters of notification will be made upon approval of the Board and sent to applicants no later than early January.

Applicants must demonstrate at least 25% of total income for the project budget is coming from diverse sources of outside support. The 25% match can include in-kind contributions and monetary contributions.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Contact Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager via email or call 347.505.3017.

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USA: New York City: Queens;   New York