Arts Initiative Targeted Grants

WESTCHESTER COUNTY POET LAUREATE (2021-2022 Term)

The application form (Coming Soon!) will be available on Submittable

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:59PM. 

Please Click Here to Review the Guidelines

As the designated arts agency of Westchester County, ArtsWestchester will undertake the role of organizing the Westchester County Poet Laureate program by establishing a selection process with an advisory committee, securing the County’s approval and administering the grant. The chosen Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term encouraging the community to engage with poetry by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and performances of poetry among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions.

The Poet Laureate will receive a stipend of $2,500 for the two-year term. There will be an additional $500 allotted for program costs. The two year term will begin January 1, 2021 and end on December 31, 2022. The Poet Laureate must be at least 25 years old and has been a resident of Westchester County for at least two years.

Questions? Please contact [email protected]


MOUNT VERNON ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT

The 2020-2021 Mount Vernon Arts Initiative grant cycle is now closed. Please check back here for updates. 

 Click here to download the 2020-21 Mount Vernon Arts Initiative Guidelines.

The Mount Vernon Arts Initiative is designed to help individual artists based in Westchester County and Mount Vernon-based nonprofit cultural organizations enhance the services they provide to Mount Vernon residents. These funds, which ArtsWestchester will distribute through a competitive process, are over and above the funding your organization received from us in Basic Program Support, Project Support or Arts Alive categories.

Organizations may apply for up to two open to the public arts/cultural activities that will take place in Mount Vernon. Organizations may request between $1,000 – $5,000. If you are applying for more than one grant, organizations may request up to $5,000 per application.

Individual Artists may apply for one grant for the creation of a new Mount Vernon-based work of art or a community-engagement project that will take place in Mount Vernon. Artists may request between $1,000 – $2,500. Please note: Artists must live in Westchester County, or own/rent space in Westchester County at the time of the application and for the duration of the planned project.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must have a confirmed venue at the time of application. Projects without a confirmed venue will not be eligible for funding.

For more information please contact Lauren Brady at [email protected]

Mount Vernon Arts Initiative awards are made possible with support from The County Executive and Westchester County Board of Legislators.

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YONKERS ARTS INITIATIVE GRANTS

The 2020-2021 Yonkers Arts Initiative grant cycle is now closed. Please check back here for updates. 

The Yonkers Arts Initiative is designed to help Yonkers’ artists and nonprofit cultural organizations enhance the services they provide to Yonkers residents. These funds, which ArtsWestchester will distribute through a competitive process, are over and above the funding your organization received from us in Basic Program Support, Project Support or Arts Alive categories.

Please review the application guidelines before applying. Click here to download the 2020-21 Yonkers Arts Initiative Guidelines.

Organizations may apply for up to two open to the public arts/cultural activities that will take place in Yonkers. Organizations may request between $1,000 – $15,000. If you are applying for more than one grant, total request cannot exceed $15,000.

Individual Artists may apply for one grant for the creation of a new Yonkers-based work of art or a community-engagement project that will take place in Yonkers. Artists may request between $1,000 – $2,500. Please note: Artists must live in Yonkers, or own/rent space in Yonkers at the time of the application and for the duration of the planned project.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must have a confirmed venue at the time of application. Projects without a confirmed venue will not be eligible for funding.

For more information contact Lauren Brady, [email protected] or call: 914-428-4220, ext. 316

Yonkers Arts Initiative awards are made possible with support from The County Executive and Westchester County Board of Legislators.

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Grant Information Webinar

To learn more about the Mount Vernon Arts Initiative and Yonkers Arts Initiative, please watch the recording of a previous info session webinar. Click here to view.

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ARTS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

ArtsWestchester is pleased to continue its initiative to increase accessibility of the arts to people with special needs. This opportunity, Arts for People with Special Needs, is open to organizations that offer programs for individuals with special needs and human services agencies who apply to partner with artists on ArtsWestchester’s Directory of Teaching Artists for an artist residency.

For Community Residencies:
The Arts for People with Special Needs funding opportunity is designed to enable human service agencies to engage their clients in arts-making activities. This funding opportunity is designed to assist human service agencies in bringing artists on-site to conduct residencies. To be eligible for support, you must partner with a Teaching Artists on Roster.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Jessy Mendez at [email protected]

For Cultural Organizations:
This funding opportunity supports cultural organizations serving people with disabilities such as cognitive, developmental, neurological, physical or psychological impairment. In addition to supporting cultural organizations, human service agencies may apply for artists residencies if they serve clients with mental health issues due to conditions such as, incarceration, abuse, homelessness, as well low income families or individuals.

There is currently no open grant cycle for organizational Special Needs grants at this time. Please contact [email protected] or check back here for updates. 

The Arts for People with Special Needs awards are made possible with support from The County Executive and Westchester County Board of Legislators.

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