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Community Arts Grant for Queens-based Nonprofit Organizations (New York)


The Community Arts Grant provides support to Queens-based community organizations, groups and collectives to hold arts and cultural projects or activities for the public in Queens to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate – to make the arts accessible to all.

Donor Name: Flushing Town Hall

State: New York

City: Queens

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/22/2021

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

Grant Duration: 1 year


Successful applications will show how the requested funds will:

  • Strengthen community bonds
  • Increase overall awareness and greater access to cultural activities in Queens
  • Advance the applicant organization’s mission

This program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Funding Information

Grant Amount awarded $1,000 to $5,000.

Applicant Eligibility

Community Arts Grants are open to Queens-based nonprofit organizations that propose an arts or cultural program that directly serves the people of Queens. Queens-based organizations without nonprofit status, unincorporated groups and artist collectives may apply with a proposed arts or cultural program, only if partnering with a Queens-based nonprofit acting as their fiscal sponsor. Anyone applying with a fiscal sponsor must also submit a letter of commitment.

Nonprofit Organization Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations can apply if:

  • The applicant has an active and legal street address in Queens (PO boxes are not accepted)
  • They have been active and in existence for at least one year
  • They have an active board of directors that meets to determine and review organization policy and procedure
  • They can provide in their application one of following proofs of nonprofit status:
    • A 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS
    • Documentation of charter by the NY State Board of Regents under section 216 of the State Education Law
    • A current NY State Bureau of Charities filing receipt
    • Documentation of incorporation under section 402 of the NY State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

Eligibility for Organizations, Unincorporated Groups and Artist Collectives

Queens-based organizations, unincorporated groups and artist collectives may apply if partnering with a Queens-based nonprofit organization acting as a fiscal sponsor.

Eligible fiscal sponsors must:

  • Meet the same eligibility requirements as outlined above for nonprofit organizations
  • Be based in Queens. However, the sponsored applicant is not required to be based in Queens.

Eligible non-profit organizations may both be a fiscal sponsor and a direct applicant to the Community Arts grant.

  • Organizations may fiscally sponsor no more than 2 other organizations per grant cycle, so long as it for different projects.
  • The sponsored request does not count towards the $5,000 limit for the Community Arts grant application.

Organizations that applied for direct NYSCA support in FY22 cannot serve as fiscal sponsors or partner organization regardless of the status of their NYSCA application.

The following are NOT eligible to apply to the Community Arts Grant:

  • Applicants that applied directly for NYSCA support in FY22, regardless of the status of their NYSCA application.
  • Applicants that received a Community Arts Grant consecutively for the past three years.
  • Flushing Town Hall staff (including FTH Teaching Artists) or board members.
  • Applicants who have previously failed to submit final reports, or have breached a past cultural contract or any other contract with Flushing Town Hall.
  • Individual artists are eligible to apply to the Artists In Queens Grant without a fiscal sponsor.

Project Eligibility

Community Arts Grant projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings.

Eligible Projects must:

  • Include a public component: an opportunity to access and engage with the arts that is promoted and available to the general public.
    • In the case of workshops and participatory programs, participant recruitment must be open to the general public and reflected accordingly in outreach and promotional plans.
    • The public component may be a single or series of in-person presentations, activities designed to be experienced live online, or a combination of in-person presentations with complementary online engagements.
  • Be held in Queens during the 2022 calendar year.
    • Extensions for project date may be granted on a case-by-case basis with written approval from Flushing Town Hall staff.
  • Projects may charge admission to participants.

Grant Requirements

As recipients of public funds, applicants that are selected for a Community Arts Grant are required to do the following during the grant period:

  • Sign and return grant contract to FTH
  • Include funding credit and FTH logo on all marketing and event materials, print and electronic. Proper crediting language will be provided in the grant contract.
  • If applicable, submit a Change of Scope revising project plan and budget should grantees receive less than 50% of their grant request.
  • Submit an event notification form five weeks before funded public events take place to allow FTH to promote the event and arrange for a representative to attend.
  • Notify FTH of any significant changes to the proposed project activities, including scheduling, venue, key participants or project scope before these changes are finalized.
  • Complete and submit a Final Report, no later than 30 days after completion of all project activities.

For more information, visit Community Arts Grant.

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