The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1966. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. QCA is now part of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens.

For more information, contact us at info@queenscouncilarts.org or give us a call at 347-505-3010

The New Work Grant supports artists that live in Queens or lease a studio in Queens, for the creation of new work that contributes to the cultural life of the borough.

Project funding is available for:

1. Queens-based individual artists for the creation of new work.

  • New work is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before.

2. Unincorporated Artist Collectives or collaborations between multiple artists. If an artist collective or collaboration applies, one Queens-based artist will be the “lead applicant” and will need to fill out an individual application for the collective’s project. Artist collectives can only apply once for the New Work Grant.

3. Artists working in all disciplines. Project disciplines can include (but are not limited to):

  • Music
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Film/Video
  • Literature (including Poetry and Spoken Word)
  • Visual arts (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Site-Specific Installations)
  • Fiber Arts 
  • Media Arts
  • Community-Engaged Art 
  • Multidisciplinary Arts

All projects must culminate in an exhibition or presentation in the 2020 calendar year that are accessible and engage the general public of Queens

Grant funds can be used for:

  • Artists' fees 
  • Marketing and publicity costs 
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
  • Venue rental for the project (general home/studio rent is not eligible)

To review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link 

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the City Council.

The Arts Access Grant supports:

  • Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities
  • Queens community-based organizations that do not have nonprofit status, but are applying through a NYC-based fiscal sponsor
  • Individual artists are not eligible to apply for this grant. Instead, they can apply to the New Work Grant.
  • These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming.

Project funding is available for:

  • Performing, literary, media and visual arts projects that enhance quality of life Queens and increase overall cultural awareness in the community
  • Projects and programs by Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming that are open to the public
  • Arts and cultural activities that are funded must take place in Queens during the 2020 calendar year

Grant funds can be used for:

  • Artists' fees 
    • Direct administration costs 
    • Marketing and publicity costs 
    • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
    • Venue rental for the project (general home/office rent is not eligible)

Applications must 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

To review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link 

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org 

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the City Council.

The Community Arts Grant supports:

  • Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities
  • Queens community-based organizations that do not have nonprofit status, but apply through a Queens-based fiscal sponsor
  • Artist collectives working in partnership with Queens-based organizations
  • Individual artists working in partnership with a Queens-based community nonprofit organization as their fiscal sponsor. If they would like to apply without a fiscal sponsor, they can apply to the New Work Grant.
  • These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming to the public in Queens. 

Project funding is available for:

  • Performance, literary, media and visual arts projects that include a public component that benefit the Queens communities
  • Projects and programs by Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming that are open to the public
  • Arts and cultural activities that are funded must take place in Queens during the 2020 calendar year

Grant funds can be used for:

  • Artists' fees 
    • Direct administration costs 
    • Marketing and publicity costs 
    • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
    • Venue rental for the project (general home/office rent is not eligible)

Applications must 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

To review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link 

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org

This program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Decentralization Community Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Queens Council on the Arts