Arts Alive Grant Program

Arts Alive 2017 Applications are now closed.  Please check back later for updates on future grant opportunities.


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:

Performance• ARTS ALIVE PROJECT GRANTConstitutes 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 GRANTProvides 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). 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 requires. The primary goal is to provide students with rich artistic learning experiences. Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500

2017 Arts Alive Pre-Application Workshops and Grant Submission deadline

The 2017 Arts Alive submission deadline is Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:59pm.
Any questions, please email

Click here to view the Arts Alive 2017 Guidelines

All applications for Arts Alive grants are available via the ArtsWestchester grant portal:
Arts Alive 2017 Applications

Please email to RSVP if you plan to attend a workshop.

August 25 @ 5:30pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601
September 6 @ 5:30pm
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
September 7 @ 6pm
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
September 8 @ 5:30pm
New Rochelle Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY, 10801
September 12 @ 5:30 PM
Irvington Public Library
12 S. Astor Street
Irvington, NY  10533
September 13 @ 5:30 PM
Yonkers Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY  10701
September 14 @ 5:30 PM
31 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601

At a breakfast reception held on January 29, 2016 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 2016

View the list of the 2016 Arts Alive Recipients. Final Reports: FY2016 Arts Alive Grantees Final reports are due no later than 30 days after the completion of your funded project. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this form.

Final reports for 2016 awards are now available on GoGrants.
Access the Final Reports and log-on.

Please use these documents as a sample:
Arts Alive Artist Final Report Form (Sample)
Arts Alive Project Report Form (Sample)