2017-06-07 / Features

2018 Queens Arts Fund Application Now Open

Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) announced the 2018 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) grant cycle is now open. New guidelines with eligibility requirements and the online grant application for the 2018 grant cycle have become available on the QCA website www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf/ as of June 1, with an Application Deadline of October 26, 2017.

Information Sessions begin on June 8, 2017.

The QAF Grant support Queens-based cultural projects by individual artists, collectives, artist non-profit partnerships and non-profit organizations meeting eligibility requirements that offer distinctive cultural programs for the Queens community. If you are a Queens artist, or if you are producing or presenting cultural activities in Queens in 2018, then check out the four funding opportunities available:

 Community Arts Grant

 Arts Access Grant

 New Works Grant

 Community Engagement Commissioning

Funds cover the fees for performing, literary, media and visual arts projects that include a public component that benefits the Queens communities; arts activities taking place within Queens in the 2018 calendar year; artists’ fees; direct administration costs; marketing and publicity costs; as well as supplies and materials needed for the execution of the cultural project.

The QAF grant is a competitive application process with applications reviewed by a peer panel process. In order to help each applicant have the most competitive application, QCA has scheduled Application Information Sessions in locations throughout the borough starting June 8 and continuing through October 11. (See schedule below).

ALL 1st Time APPLICANTS and Applicants that have not applied in the last 2 years MUST ATTEND AN APPLICATION INFORMATION SESSION in one of two ways:

1. Attend an informational group session (see schedule below).

2. Attend a one-on-one meeting with a QCA staff member with your draft proposal (see schedule below).

All applicants are welcome to attend any of the application information sessions as well as take advantage of the QAF resources on the QCA website, www.queenscouncilarts.org. These resources include new guidelines and eligibility, the application tutorials, downloadable resources, and FAQ’s.

QCA encourages you contact the QAF staff to discuss your project before submitting your application.

Online tutorials are available for your future reference.

Since 1978 QCA has been funding cultural activities across the borough, keeping Queens neighborhoods alive with cultural vibrancy. In 2017, QCA awarded $227,000 in grants to 36 individual artists and 88 organizations for the creation of arts and cultural programming for the borough of Queens.

QAF Application Information Session Schedule – Open to individual artists and organizations. RSVP is highly recommended. Space is limited: www.queenscouncilarts.org/2018-qaf-information-sessions/

 Information Sessions will begin promptly at 6 p.m, unless otherwise noted, and last approximately 2 hours.

 Monday, June 19, Richmond Hill Branch Queens Library, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, 11418.

 Wednesday, July 26, SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center, 158-29 Archer Ave, Jamaica, 11433.

 Thursday, July 27, Elmhurst Branch Queens Library (5PM -7PM), 86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, 11373.

 Tuesday, August 8, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, 58-03 Rockaway Blvd., Rockaway, 11692

 Wednesday, August 23, Flushing Branch Queens Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, 11355, 3rd Floor Conference Room.

 Thursday, Sept 7, Outpost Artists Resources, 1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood, 11358.

 Saturday, Sept 9, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

 Monday, Sept 11, St Albans Branch Queens Library, 191-05 Linden Blvd, St. Albans, 11412.

 Wednesday, October 4, QCA.

 Wednesday, Oct 11, 12pm-1:30pm, Brown Bag Session Goodwin Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing 11367.

One-on-One Meetings

Meet with a QCA Staff Member. Bring a draft proposal to QCA and ask questions about your grant application. Appointments are open to individuals and organizations that have a QAF application in draft form on the online platform.

Registration is required for one-on-one appointments. To sign up for a one-on-one appointment visit www.queenscouncilarts.org/2018-qaf-information sessions/

For more information visit the QCA web site, www.queenscouncilarts.org, or contact Lynn Lobell, Grants and Resource Director, llobell@queenscouncilarts.org or 347.505.3015.

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