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Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - New Work Grant

Grants to Queens, New York Artists for
the Creation of Original Artistic Work

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 of $3,000 to Queens, New York individual artists to support the creation of new work in any artistic discipline. Several information sessions will take place prior to the application deadline. First-time applicants and those applicants who have not applied in the past two years must either attend a session or a one-on-one meeting.

New work is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before.

This is open to artists of all disciplines:
Visual artists working in fiber, folk arts and traditional, graphics, media arts, film and video, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture are encouraged to apply, as are composers, choreographers, playwrights, literary artists, poets and spoken word artists.

Projects should culminate in an exhibition or presentation in the 2019 calendar year that is accessible and engages the general public of Queens.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175250

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

QAF funding is for one year. If funded, your proposed project must be completed and presented to a Queens audience sometime between January and December of the year you receive the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Resident of Queens or those who have a full-time studio in Queens. (PO boxes are not accepted.)
- Applicants that are at least 18 years of age
- Artists working in any discipline - visual, literary, or performing art forms
- Applicants that attend a QAF Information Session

Collaborations between other artists: One artist will take the lead on the application and will be reviewed as one project.

Note: Fiscal sponsorship is not required.

Not eligible:

- Students, full or part-time
- Artists who received funding in 2018 for DCA individual artist support
- Artists' projects that take place outside of Queens
- Past recipients who failed to submit a final report or who did not properly credit funding
- Individual Artists applying through any other 2019 QAF grant even through partnerships for organization support

Not funded:

- Recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic art programs
- Fellowships or scholarships
- Arts education projects
- Living or general operating expenses
- Equipment
- Acquisitions
- Entertainment costs including openings, receptions, catering, or fundraising
- Out-of-state travel expenses.

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 sessions:
Join QCA staff to talk about the Queens Arts Fund grants opportunities, as well as have a walkthrough of a sample application. Be sure to bring any questions that you may have about the application process!

Space is limited - RSVP is highly recommended.

Group information session schedule:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Flushing Branch Queens Library - IRC Conference Room
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11432

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Thursday, September 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Jackson Heights Branch Queens Library
35-51 81st Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Thursday, September 13, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Cambria Heights Branch Queens Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard
Cambria Heights, NY 11411

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Far Rockaway Branch Queens Library
1637 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Outpost Artists Resources
1665 Norman Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Monday, September 24, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Lefferts Branch Queens Library
103-34 Lefferts Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11419

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 review session schedule:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 PM - Registration Opens August 1
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11101
(Entrance on 37th Street)

Thursday, August 30, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 PM - Registration Opens August 16
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11101
(Entrance on 37th Street)

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

THURSDAY, September 27, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 PM - Registration Opens September 13
Location TBD

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

Pre-Application Information:

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

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

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

The panel will evaluate more favorably project budgets that display a diverse mix of outside support, with a greater emphasis on 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:

Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager
Phone: 347.505.3017

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Queens;   New York