Arts Alive Grant Program

The Arts Alive 2018 Application process is now closed.

  Please check back for updates on awards and the 2019 grant cycle.

For information or to arrange a time to speak with the Programs staff please email [email protected]

The Arts Alive grant category is one of ArtsWestchester’s most effective means of supporting arts activity for Westchester’s geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse population. This funding opportunity helps to ensure that residents throughout the county 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.


• 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 arts organizations, groups, collectives, individual artists, and a limited number of other nonprofits that offer open-to-the public arts activities as part of their on-going operations.First time applicants are most competitive. Artists and Unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent organization.

Project Grant Award: $1,000 — $5,000

Peruvian Music Band at Greenburgh Library’s Café de Siete program• ARTS ALIVE ARTIST GRANT Provides commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work presented in a community setting.  This funding supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under an artist direction. However, an essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process. Artist Grant Award: $2,500

IMG_0696• ARTS ALIVE ARTS EDUCATION GRANT (Formerly called Arts Partners Challenge Grant) Provides support for partnerships between individual artists, or arts organizations, and Westchester public schools (grades K-12), after school and lifelong learning programs. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. ArtsWestchester encourages projects that integrate the arts into the curriculum, but curriculum integration is not required. The primary goal is to provide students of all ages with rich artistic learning experiences. Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500

At a breakfast reception held on February 3, 2017  The Board of Trustees of ArtsWestchester together with members of the State and County Legislatures presented awards to our Arts Alive Recipients.

See photos of the event below:

Arts Alive 2017

View the list of the 2017 Arts Alive Recipients.

Final reports for 2017 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.

Community Project Final Report

Individual Artist Final Report 

Arts Education Final Report