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Queens Council on the Arts Invites Artists and Arts Organizations to Apply for Arts Fund Grants

Deadline: October 5, 2011

The Queens Arts Fund, a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations that provide distinctive arts and cultural programming to directly serve the citizens of Queens.

QAF funds are provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

The following grants are available for Queens-based nonprofit organizations that produce arts and cultural programming for the Queens community.

The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program will provide grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Individual artists and organizations without nonprofit status may apply for the grant using a fiscal sponsor based in Queens that has its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund will provide grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to assist Queens-based nonprofit organizations that have limited access to existing funding sources to fund public arts events for the Queens community. Individual artists and organizations without nonprofit status may apply for the grant using an eligible 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors need not be based in Queens. Applicants must have organizational budgets of less than $100,000 in at least two of the last three years

The JP Morgan Chase Art and Culture Regrant Program provides grants ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 to Queens-based nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for new capacity building initiatives. Priority will be given to applicants with operating budgets less than or equal to $300,000. The JP Morgan Chase grant deadline is September 22, 2011. Please note that this is earlier than the other organization grants.

QFA provides grants specifically for individual artists through the following programs:

The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program for Visual Arts Disciplines will award grants of $2,500 to Queens-based individual artists for the creation of new work directly involving the community. The funded project must culminate with a public exhibition or presentation in 2012 that occurs in and is accessible to the general public of Queens. The grant is specifically intended to fund projects in any visual arts discipline, including but not limited to fiber, folk arts/traditional, graphics, media arts–film/video, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. To be eligible, individual artists must be residents of Queens and must be at least 18 years of age. Students are not eligible.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund for Literary and Performing Arts Disciplines provides grants of $2,000 to fund individual literary and performing artists in the creation of new work culminating in a public exhibition that must be accessible to the general public of Queens County. This program is specifically intended to fund composers, choreographers, playwrights, nonfiction and fiction literary artists, poets, and spoken word artists. Applicants must be a resident of Queens and be at least 18 years of age. Collaborations will be accepted and will be reviewed as one project. Students are not eligible.

First-time applicants are required to complete an application workshop in one of three ways — viewing video tutorials at the QCA Web site, attending an informational group meeting, or attending a one-on-one meeting with a QCA staff member.

Visit the QCA Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures, as well as details on the application workshops, video tutorials, and other resources.

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Link to Complete RFP

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