Funding Opportunity for Artists and Art Collectives

of the Mid-Hudson Valley Region

The application for the 2023 cycle is now available.  Click here to visit the Submittable application portal.

Applications are due Friday, April 21, 2023

Voices for Change is a unique artist grant opportunity designed to promote social awareness through the arts. A central principle of our Grant program is the advancement of inclusiveness, equity, and accessibility in our community; we believe that art has the power to illuminate complex issues, encourage civic discourse and open the community to new ways of thinking. Voices for Change provides the creative community with an opportunity to develop and present new work that inspires and informs, and may be a catalyst for action. Different funding levels will be available and competitive projects will identify an organizational partner to work with.

The 2022 grant cycle is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Art. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 21, 2023. Proposals must be submitted on line. For application and complete guidelines are available here.

Artists and artist collectives working in the Mid-Hudson Valley region are invited to submit proposals. Applicants will submit projects that include a collaborative component with a cultural, service, or community-based organization. ArtsWestchester will award grants for $10,000 through a competitive selection process. The winning projects will be selected by a panel whose members will have broad knowledge about the arts, cultural equity, and contemporary concerns followed by a review by our Social Justice Committee and then the Board of ArtsWestchester.

The grant program seeks to support artists in creating new work through authentic community engagement that can lead to impact/change. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop projects in collaboration with a Voices for Change Partner organization. Scoring priority will be given to projects that can clearly articulate a thoughtful partnership with a community organization.

Funded Voices for Change projects must be completed and ready to present to the general public by the end of 2023.

Deadline for applications is April 21, 2023Proposals must be submitted online. Please review the complete grant guidelines before submitting application.

This opportunity is open to individual artists and artist collectives who live or maintain a studio/creative work space in the Mid-Hudson Valley region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties. We encourage projects from a wide range of artistic disciplines. All proposals must come with a letter of support from a non-profit institution.

Artists who have previously received funding through one of ArtsWestchester’s grant programs are eligible to apply, but must submit a new and not previously-funded project.

Organization Roster

A list of organizations that have expressed interest in partnering with an artist is available here. It is not required to use one of these organizations.

Non-profit service organizations that serve residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region are invited to join us as Voices for Change Partners. Partners will be contacted by artists to initiate conversations around potential projects. Applications will be submitted by artists. For more information about what it means to be a Voices for Change Partner, please read our invitation or view our recent virtual info session:

Ineligible Projects

Voices for Change grants do not support the following projects:

  • Advocacy for or against political candidates or legislation
  • Fundraising events
  • General operating support
  • Staff position

For project or Submittable related questions, contact:
Adam Chau
Exhibitions Manager

Photo of Art Installation titled Beyond a Room of One's Own from the SHE exhibition at ArtsWestchester in 2016. Colors are blue and white with Victorian era chairs and books scattered on the floor, framed pictures of famous women of world history.
Beyond a Room of One’s Own by Laurel Garcia | SHE Exhibition 2016 | Photo by Margaret Fox