DCA Premier Grants for Individual and Organizations in New York

The Staten Island Arts’ 2022 DCA Premier Grant is now open to support first-time applicants — both individual Staten Island artists, collaborative groups of individuals, and community arts and cultural organizations — who produce art or cultural programming.

Donor Name: Staten Island Arts

State: New York

City: New York City

Boroughs: Staten Island

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/31/2022

Grant Size: $750 to $3000


All art and artistic cultural disciplines are considered, including music, dance, digital/new media, film/video/animation, folk arts, humanities and cultural studies, interdisciplinary events/festivals, literature, public art, theatre, and performing and visual arts. Arts Education programs offering arts exposure (but not instruction and curriculum-based programs) at Staten Island public schools are eligible, as are programs taking place at senior centers.

All projects must include a public component or simply a public sharing of work (for example, an exhibition/showing at a local venue).


  • Under-resourced disciplines for 2022 are: Public Art, Folks Arts, New Media, and Humanities.
  • Under-resourced disciplines have received limited or low funding in the past. Projects that fall under these disciplines will be prioritized in the panel process.

Funding Information

Grant Request Range: $750 to $3000

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Premier Grant, the applicant must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit and cultural significance.
  • Clearly stated objectives.
  • Clear and realistic plan for implementation.
  • Appropriate request level and realistic budget for stated proposal.
  • Need and impact on the artistic discipline, geographic area, or local population: projects that address under-resourced communities or artistic disciplines will receive foremost attention.
  • Demonstrated community interest or support of project.
  • Applicant’s artistic experience, skill, and exhibition/performance history.
  • The project should be accessible to any member of the community who wishes to partake in the experience. Venues should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Virtual programs should provide captioning, subtitles, or ASL interpretation.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Work Sample: Does it show that the artist/organization can successfully create the project they propose from the work shown in the sample? Is the quality of the work sample sufficient? Does it have artistic merit/cultural significance?
  • Community Outreach (Public Component): How will their project be available to the public? Is it accessible to everyone? Which communities does it serve? Projects which address communities or artistic disciplines which are under-resourced will receive foremost attention.
  • Narrative: Is their project description, artist statement, and artist bio clear? Does the narrative leave you asking a lot of questions? Does it show that the applicant has experience creating this kind of work, or that they can successfully do what they propose? Take into consideration their past work. Does the project have meaning, and does it have a positive impact on the community?
  • Budget: Are their numbers realistic? Money can never be used for food/refreshments/purchasing equipment. Do they have a realistic artist fee, materials fee, etc? Artist fees, marketing and publicity expenses, direct administrative expenses, supplies and materials expenses are given priority.

For more information, visit Premier Grant.