Funding Opportunity for Arts Organizations
in Westchester and Rockland Counties

Applications are now closed.
The deadline was Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:59PM

Thanks to the support of the New York State Legislature’s Westchester and Rockland delegations, ArtsWestchester is pleased to offer the new ReStart the Arts initiative.  This funding opportunity is designed to help arts and cultural organizations bring back to their organizations artists and creative workers, who fuel the cultural economy.

The Opportunity: ReStart the Arts is a new opportunity for eligible organizations to apply for funding for a discrete project that requires engaging an artist or creative professional.  Providing employment to artists and creative professionals is a central priority of the intiative.

To view guidelines click here.


Organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Operating budget revenue of at least $50,000 in FY2021.
  • In operation and offering public programs since at least 2019, with a primary focus on arts and culture programming.
  • Previously funded in at least two of the last three years (2019, 2020, 2021) by ArtsWestchester in any one of the following categories (Basic Program Support, Project Support, Yonkers Arts Initiative, Mount Vernon Arts Initiative, and Arts Alive) or by Rockland County government (Tourism or County Executive’s office)

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete, late, hand-delivered, mailed or emailed submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.

For questions contact:

Grants staff will be available for office hours to discuss the application prior to the deadline.  Please request an appointment via the calendar below.

Information Sessions

ArtsWestchester hosted two virtual information sessions on November 18. All interested applicants are encouraged to view the recording to learn more and see if the ReStart The Arts opportunity is right for you. Both sessions covered the same information, but questions that came up may differ.

Morning Session – Click here to view

Afternoon Session – Click here to view

Office Hours

ArtsWestchester staff will be offering technical assistance in the form of virtual “office hours” via Zoom or by phone. All applicants will be able to schedule a 30-minute session, during which we’ll be happy to discuss the guidelines, your application and answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a time to speak with our grants staff, visit: to see our availability.

Please contact at for assistance.