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Grants to New York City Artists in Eligible Locations for the Creation of Original Artistic Work

Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - New Work Grant


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Funding Source
Queens Council On the Arts (QCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York City: QueensNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/21/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $3,000 to New York City artists and collectives in eligible locations to support the creation of new work in any artistic discipline. Applicants must attend or view an information session prior to applying. Projects must contain a public component. Eligible applicants live in or have a full-time studio lease in Queens.

The New Work Grant supports emerging individual artists and artist collectives of all artistic disciplines in their creation of new work. “New Work” is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before. 

Proposed projects must include a public component that takes place in Queens and provide Queens community members with the opportunity to experience dynamic, easily accessible arts and cultural events. Public Components can include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, festivals, screenings, readings, and workshops. Projects may be in any artistic discipline. Preference is given to public programs that are free or have a sliding scale fee to participate.

Public components may be held in-person, virtually, or combination of both. All presentations and events taking place virtually must include some type of live component (i.e. an artist talk, Q&A, listening, or viewing event) and must be targeted towards local Queens audiences or participants. Uploaded videos/media or online galleries alone are not sufficient. Applicants proposing virtual public components still must be based in Queens.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
The New Work Grant supports emerging Queens-based individual artists, collaborations between artists, and unincorporated artist collectives. Fiscal sponsorship is not required for the New Work Grant.

- Artists who live in Queens or who have a full-time studio lease in Queens (PO boxes are not accepted)
- Artist collectives or collaborations must designate one Queens-based artist as the “lead applicant” who applies on behalf of the group and meets all eligibility requirements
- Artists working in any artistic discipline
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by December 31, 2023.

Ineligible applicants:
- Public programs that exclude the general public, including members-only access workshops or programs
- Recreational, religious, or therapeutic art programs or commercial art or entertainment– this includes clowning, magic, culinary arts, and cosmetology
- Fellowships, scholarships, residency fees
- Start-up costs for new collectives/organizations
- In-school arts education activities and programs exclusively serving a school’s student body (after school activities that are open to the general public are eligible)
- Direct living or general operating expenses (residential or studio rent)
- Equipment costs or capital goods whose total exceeds $1,000
- Acquisitions
- Entertainment costs including openings, receptions, catering (food and drink), fundraising
- Out-of-state travel expenses
- Programs in which children (under 18) are paid

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Pre-Proposal Conference
All QAF applicants are required to attend a live info session or watch a recorded info session. Any one member of an artist collective or collaboration may attend or watch an info session on behalf of their group.

New Work Info Session: Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 PM ET, Register here:

New Work Info Session: Tuesday, October 24 at 2:00 PM ET, Register here:

Attend or view an info session here:

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Open: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM EST
- Applications Close: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST*
- Applicants Notified: February 2024

Applicants can only submit ONE application to QAF in the calendar year.


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant Amount: $3,000

Term of Contract
Proposed projects must include the creation of a new work within the 2024 calendar year (January 1 – December 31, 2024).

Contact Information
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All questions should be directed to

New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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