Arts Access Grant to support Community-based Organizations in New York

The Arts Access Grant supports community-based organizations and collectives in their efforts to produce public arts and cultural programs that bolster the cultural vibrancy of the Queens communities and neighborhoods where they are located and operate.

Donor Name: Queens Council on the Arts

State: New York

City: Queens

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/15/2022

Size of the Grant: $1,000 to $5,000


Arts Access Grants offer project-based financial support for Queens small-budget 501c3 nonprofit organizations or organizations without nonprofit status and unincorporated artist collectives applying with a NYC-based fiscal sponsor.

Priority is given to organizations that have limited access to existing funding sources, whose primary mission is to produce cultural activities that center under-funded communities and/or preserve cultural traditions or produce contemporary creative expression of cultural ethnicity.

Funding Priority

Projects that are free or sliding-scale to participate in, whose public events or programs are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and artist-driven projects that are collaborative between artists and/or organizations are prioritized. QAF strongly supports the payment of fair artist compensation.

Funding Information

Applicants may submit grant requests for $1,000 to $5,000.

Project Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must include a public component that takes place in Queens* within the 2022 calendar year and provides Queens community members with the opportunity to experience dynamic, easily accessible arts and cultural events.
  • Public Components can include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, festivals, screenings, readings, workshops. Projects may be in any artistic discipline.

*Public components may be held in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. All virtual events must include a live component and must be targeted towards local Queens audiences or participants.

Who can Apply?

Basic eligibility for Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Have existed for at least one year
  • Be a 501(c)3 organization and must provide proof of nonprofit status with a 501(c)3 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Have an operating budget of less than $100,000 in at least two of the last three years
  • Be located/based in Queens and show proof of a Queens address.

Basic eligibility for Non-Profit Organizations without Non-profit Status and incorporated artists collectives

  • Must apply with a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization acting as a fiscal sponsor and must submit a letter of commitment that outlines the scope of the fiscal sponsor’s partnership with the applicant organization.
  • Fiscal sponsors do not have to be located in Queens, but must be NYC-based.
  • Fiscal sponsors must fulfill QAF grant eligibility requirements for nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit Arts Access Grant.