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Queens Arts Fund (QAF) - Arts Access Grant

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

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Queens Council On the Arts (QCA)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Queens, New York nonprofits and community-based organizations 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:
- Performing, literary, media and visual arts projects that enhance quality of life Queens and increase overall cultural awareness in the community
- Projects and programs by 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 2020 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
- Venue rental for the project (general home/office rent is not eligible)

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:

Arts and cultural activities that are funded must take place in Queens during the 2020 calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming.

Who Can Apply:
1. Nonprofit Organizations
- Queens-based nonprofit organizations producing arts and cultural programming that directly serves the communities of Queens
- Organizations that have limited access to existing funding sources to provide public arts events to the Queens community
- Organizations that represent all disciplines of art programming

Nonprofit Organization Eligibility
Applicant organizations must:
- Have existed for at least one year
- 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
- Have an operating budget of less than $100,000 in at least two of the last three years

2. 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 outlining the scope of the fiscal sponsor’s partnership with the partnering applicant organization is required.

Fiscal Sponsorship Eligibility: See URL for Full Text (RFP) below for detailed information.

Who Cannot Apply:
- 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 FY19 grant cycle (projects occurring between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019)
- 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

For Fiscal Sponsorship Eligibility and a list of projects the Community Arts Grant cannot fund, see URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants must attend a QAF Information Session.

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

-Monday, September 16, 2019
6pm - 7:30pm
Cambria Heights, Queens Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard
Cambria Heights, NY 11411

-Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6pm - 8pm
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354

-Monday, September 23, 2019
6pm -8pm
915 Wyckoff Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385

-Thursday, September 26, 2019
6pm -8pm
Far Rockaway Cultural Performing Arts
44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

-Monday, September 30, 2019
6pm -7:30pm
Jamaica Central Branch Queens Library - Auditorium
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

Space is limited - RSVP is highly recommended. For the group session schedule and to register, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: October 29, 2019

Matching information:
- An 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.
- QCA will NOT fund 100% of your project.

Draft review meetings:
- 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.
- Or email all of your questions about your draft or application to Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager.

Grant information:

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

Jenna London, Grants and Residencies Assistant

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