Matching Grant Can Double Donations for Westchester Arts Groups

(photo courtesy of Taconic Opera)

Many arts and culture groups in Westchester still need support to recover from the pandemic and its challenges despite their continued determination and hard work. During this crucial time, the community can provide much-needed relief to Westchester arts and culture groups through the Art$WChallenge grant program. The annual program currently offers grant money to benefit arts and cultural groups throughout the County. This year, 157 organizations, including an additional eight first time groups, are eligible to receive between $1,500 to $8,500 in matching funds based on their ability to raise private funds through December 15.

Every new donation made to an eligible Westchester arts group will qualify to be matched by ArtsWestchester with the support of Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators. With this support, ArtsWestchester had more than $400,000 available to award last year.

Thanks to the Art$WChallenge, past grantees have not only been able to maintain, but to also increase cultural offerings to the community. For instance, funding from 2021 supported New Rochelle Opera’s new production of Tosca last June, and Bethany Arts Community was able to increase its stipend for artists who participate in its extensive residencies. Funds were also the impetus for organizations like ArchForKids to implement their own fundraising campaigns.



Here is a list of organizations participating in this year’s Art$WChallenge:


A version of this article first appeared in the September 2022 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.