QCA Call For Grants


Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) has announced that the Queens Arts Fund (QAF) will distribute $590,260 in grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations—this is following a record year where QCA supported the largest number of grantees to date. In 2019, QCA awarded $527,600 in grants to 104 individual artists and 84 organizations for the creation of arts and cultural programming for the borough of Queens.

 Applications for 2019 QAF grants may be submitted online until Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

The increase in available funds for local artists and arts organizations is due in large part to additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), whose funding for QCA’s artist grant program increased by 17% over last year’s total, and 3.5 times the amount provided in FY17. This increase, which has allowed QCA to provide larger grants to more artists, is thanks to continued support from the Mayor and City Council. Support for local artists and creators is a key recommendation in the CreateNYC cultural plan.

QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Krakauer said,  “We are pleased to work in close partnership with DCLA to support the creative community of Queens.”

NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl said, “As I know from my 24 years working at Queens arts organizations, artists and emerging arts groups are essential to the vibrancy and social connections of the borough’s diverse communities. We have increased funding for artist grants nearly fourfold citywide as part of the CreateNYC cultural plan’s commitment to supporting the creative life of New York City. We’re proud to work with Queens Council on the Arts to support Queens’ extraordinary cultural communities.”

QAF offers grants to Queens-based individual artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the community of Queens.

For Queens-based nonprofit organizations, QAF offers two grant opportunities. The Arts Access Grant (funded by DCLA) and the Community Arts Grant (funded by NYSCA), each ranging from $1,000-$5,000. These project-based grants support nonprofit organizations and artist collectives partnering with Queens community organizations to create cultural projects and arts activities that enhance the vibrancy in Queens communities and neighborhoods.