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Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - Community Engagement Commissioning

Grants to Queens, New York Individual Artists
to Involve Community Members in Creating Art

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Queens Council On the Arts (QCA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/26/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to Queens, New York individual artists for the creation of new works that directly involve the community through social engagement art projects. 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.

This fund supports creative (not interpretive) artists interested in working within a community setting. The artist must strategically engage members of the community as active participants and contributors in the creation of and/or production of the project. As the most diverse borough in New York City, Queens artists are uniquely positioned to bring up issues relating to class, race, gender, education, etc. All artistic disciplines are welcome to apply.

This fund is specifically intended to:

- Require community involvement in the creation of new work.
- Encourage long lasting relationships between artist and communities.
- Highlight the role of the artist as an important, contributing member of the community who helps to inspire dialogue and debate around social issues related to class, race, gender, education, etc.
- Support artist's fees and all material fees related to creation of new work.
- Support projects that culminate with a public exhibition or presentation in the 2018 calendar year and are accessible to the general public of Queens.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175074

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Term of Contract:

QAF funding is for the 2018 calendar year. All proposed projects must be completed and presented to a Queens audience between January and December of the year you receive the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Individual artists must be residents of Queens. (PO boxes and studio addresses not accepted.)
- Artists must be at least 18 years of age.
- Artists may work in any discipline.
- Artists' work must empower the community, raise awareness. and inspire people to take action.
- Individual artists applying can work with a collective but only one artist can take the lead.

Not Eligible:

- Students, full or part-time
- Past recipients who failed to submit a final report or who did not properly credit funding
- Artists who received QAF NYSCA individual artist support in 2017
- Artists applying for any other 2018 QAF grant programs as an individual or through partnerships for organization support

What the Community Arts Commissioning cannot fund:

- Recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic art programs
- Arts education in school projects
- Purchase of equipment
- Living or general operating expenses
- Entertainment costs including openings, receptions, catering or fundraising
- Out-of-state travel costs

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:

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

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

Pre-Application Information:

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

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

Letters of notification will be made upon approval of the Board and sent to applicants no later than January 2018.
Please be aware that monies may not become available until mid-year. Please plan your projects/programs accordingly.

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

Lynn Lobell, Grants and Resource Director
(347) 505-3015

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Queens;   New York