The 2021 Arts Alive grant cycle is now closed.

The 2022 cycle is coming soon, please check back here for updates.


Pre-Application Workshop

We encourage you to view the recording of an Arts Alive information session, hosted by ArtsWestchester staff, to learn about eligibility, how to apply and if this opportunity is the right fit for you.

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2022 Funding Opportunities

The 2022 cycle of Arts Alive is coming soon.

The 2022 cycle of Arts Alive can support arts and culture projects happening between January 1 – December 31, 2022.

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 2021 guidelines.

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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.

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

Arts Alive Grant Resources

FINAL REPORTS FOR 2020 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 2020”. Please note that there are separate final report forms for Westchester and Rockland County. 

The 2020 grantees from both Westchester and Rockland counties were recognized in a celebration held at ArtsWestchester on Friday, January 24, 2020. Please click here to view FLICKR albums.

A complete list of 2020 Arts Alive Grant Recipients can be found here.

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