2020 Funding Opportunities

To learn more about the grant and how to apply,
view our Application Information Webinar at ZOOM.COM.

The 2020 Arts Alive Grant application is now closed.  Please check back for updates on future grant cycles


To access a previously-submitted application Click Here


Westchester Application Deadline: Wednesday September 18, 2019 at 11:59pm

Rockland Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:59pm


2019 Arts Alive in the News:
The Patch.com, January 28, 2019
$105K Awarded in Arts Grants Throughout Westchester, Rockland

River Journal News Online.com, Jan. 25, 2019
ArtsWestchester Awards 60 “Arts Alive” Grants Totaling $105,000

The Arts Alive grant category is one of ArtsWestchester’s most effective means of supporting arts activity for Westchester and Rockland County’s geographically, economically and ethnically diverse population. This funding opportunity helps to ensure that residents throughout Westchester and Rockland have access to the arts in their communities, particularly in areas where access is limited.

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC) – a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature – and administered by ArtsWestchester.

There are three distinct Arts Alive funding opportunities, click here for 2020 guidelines.

ARTS ALIVE PROJECT GRANT Constitutes the largest component of the Arts Alive funding category. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by cultural groups and organizations, individual artists and collectives. Other types of nonprofit organizations that offer arts activities as part of their on-going operations may also apply. Supported projects must be fully open to the public. Artists and Unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent organization.

If you are applying via fiscal agent or with a community partner, click here to download a sample letter of agreement.

Project Grant Award Amounts: $1,000 to $5,000

Arts Alive 2017 grantee Evan Bishop (right) with partner Katori Walker (left) and their subject, participant Marco (photo credit: Susan Abbott)
2017 Arts Alive grantee Rebeca Thomas performed at the Firehouse in Sleepy Hollow with her dance company A Palo Seco (photo credit: Daniel Areyzaga)

ARTS ALIVE ARTIST GRANT supports the creation and presentation of new work by professional artists.  An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project.

Artist Grant Award: $2,500

ARTS ALIVE ARTS EDUCATION GRANT supports lifelong learning in the arts. Funded activities may take place in classrooms, after-school programs or community sites including agencies serving people with disabilities, day-care and senior centers.

Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500

Arts Alive Grantee, Nowodworski Puppet Workshop photo courtesy of Nowodworski Fdtn.

Pre-Application Workshops

We encourage you to attend one of the pre-application workshops to see if this funding opportunity is right for you. For more information please email [email protected].

Thursday, June 27, 2019
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Blue Door Art Center
13 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Thursday, July 18, 2019
New City Library
220 N Main Street
New City, NY 10956

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
55 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Arts Council of Rockland
55 W Railroad Ave
Garnerville, NY 10923

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Bethany Arts Community
40 Somerstown Road
Ossining, NY 10562

Thursday, August 8, 2019
10:00 AM
Pelham Art Center
155 Fifth Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
10:00 AM
Rockland Music Conservatory
45 S Main Street
Pearl River, NY 10965

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
6:00 PM
Finkelstein Memorial Library
24 Chestnut Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Mount Kisco Arts Council ArtSpace
41 South Moger Avenue
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

(Pedestrian Walkway – behind Starbucks)

[email protected]

All workshop dates are open to Westchester and Rockland applicants.

Can’t attend a workshop? Use the calendar below to schedule
a one-on-one appointment. 

2019 Grant Recipients

The 2019 grantees from both Westchester and Rockland counties were recognized in a celebration held at ArtsWestchester on Friday, January 25. Please click on the images below to view FLICKR albums.

A complete list of 2019 Arts Alive Grant Recipients can be found here.

Click here to view your submitted application via the Submittable grant portal.

FINAL REPORTS FOR 2019 are due no later than 30 days after the completion of your project. Final report forms must be completed online via Submittable. Once you log into your Submittable account, select “Final Report Arts Alive 2019”. Please note that there are separate final report forms for Westchester and Rockland County. 

Arts Alive Grant Resources


If you have been awarded an Arts Alive grant, please use or adapt this sample letter to send thanks to the New York State Senate and Assembly members for their support of the arts.