2019 Funding Opportunities

2019 Arts Alive Grant Applications are now closed, please check back for updates on future grant cycles

Westchester County application deadline was September 26, 2018

Rockland County application deadline was October 2, 2018

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 guidelines.

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

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. Please RSVP to [email protected].

Thursday, July 12
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY

Tuesday, July 24
Suffern Free Library
210 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY

Thursday, August 2
Nyack Library
59 South Broadway
Nyack, NY
(this workshop will be followed by office hours until 3pm)

Tuesday, August 14
Blue Door Art Center
13 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, NY

Tuesday, August 28
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY
(this workshop will be followed by office hours until 4pm)

Wednesday, August 29
Garner Art Center
55 West Railroad Avenue
Garnersville, NY
(this workshop will be preceded by office hours 2-5:30pm)

Wednesday, September 5
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street Port Chester, NY 10573

Thursday, September 13
**Location Change** ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

Can’t attend a workshop? Contact [email protected] to schedule a one-on-one appointment. 

2018 Grant Recipients

Award presentations were held in both Westchester and Rockland counties to acknowledge the grantees. Please click on the images below to view FLICKR albums.

A complete list of 2018 Arts Alive Grant Recipients can be found here.

FINAL REPORTS for 2018 awards are now available and due no later than 30 days after the completion of your funded project. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this report. For instructions on how to complete your report, click here.

Ray Blue (representing grantee Cross-Cultural Connection), ArtsWestchester board member Debbie Simon, Riitta Blue (representing grantee Cross-Cultural Connection), New York State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, ArtsWestchester board member John Brathwaite at ArtsWestchester's Arts Alive 2018 Breakfast (photo credit: Margaret Fox)
Rockland County Grants 2018 (photo credit Leslye Smith)