ArtsWestchester Grant Program
2017-2018 Mount Vernon Arts Initiative

Final Report 

Please complete this final report for your awarded 2017-18 Mount Vernon Initiative project. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this final report. Complete a separate report for each funded project.

Please contact Lauren Brady at lbrady@artswestchester.org with any questions. 

ArtsWestchester Grant Program
2017-2018 Yonkers Arts Initiative

Final Report 

Please complete this final report for your awarded 2017-18 Yonkers Initiative project. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this final report. Complete a separate report for each funded project.

Please contact Lauren Brady at lbrady@artswestchester.org with any questions. 

ARTSWESTCHESTER MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM

CATEGORY: ARTS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

2017 GRANT GUIDELINES / Artist Residencies

Application Deadline for Artist Residencies: Monday, October 30, 2017 by 11:59pm.

  ArtsWestchester believes the arts are for everyone. We recognize that people with special needs often have limited access to the arts. The Arts for People with Special Needs funding opportunity is designed to enable human service agencies to engage their clients in arts-making activities. In 2017, this matching funding opportunity is made possible with  the support of  Westchester County. 

 What Does ArtsWestchester Consider “Special Needs”?

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, ArtsWestchester seeks to provide services to people with disabilities such as cognitive, developmental, mental, behavioral, neurological, physical, emotional, psychological, or disabilities/impairments such ADD/ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, dependence on wheelchair, as well as homeless families and individuals. In addition to serving people with these types of impairments, human service agencies applying for artists residencies are eligible for support if they serve clients with mental health issues due to conditions such as, incarceration, abuse, homelessness, as well low income families or individuals.with cognitive, developmental, neurological, physical or impairments.  

 For the purposes of this matching funding opportunity, ArtsWestchester seeks to provide services to people with cognitive, developmental, neurological, physical or disabilities/impairments, such ADD/ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, dependence on wheelchair, as well as homeless families and individuals.

 What Is the Deadline?

Your request must be completed and submitted by Monday, October 30, 2017 by 11:59pm.

 How Does an Organization Apply?

Use the on-line application available through the on-line portal: https://artswestchester.submittable.com/login

 If you are a first-time applicant, you must register on the site. Click on the “sign in” tab at the center. We encourage you write your application in Word or similar program, and cut and paste into the application. Remember to keep a copy of your completed application for your records.

 What Types of Activities Are Eligible for Support?

This matching funding opportunity is designed to assist human service agencies in bringing artists on-site to conduct residencies. To be eligible for support, you must partner with an artist on ArtsWestchester’s Directory of Teaching Artists.  https://artswestchester.org/teaching_artist/teaching-artist/

 What Is an Artist Residency?

An artist residency is a multi-session, art-making workshop designed to engage participants in challenging, creative activities. The artist residencies are partnerships between an artist and site staff.  Together, they establish goals, determine activities, and assess results. In addition to providing participants with deep engagement in an art form, most residencies are designed to improve skills in areas such as team work, communication, or socialization.

ArtsWestchester maintains a Directory of Teaching Artists that includes literary, performing, and visual artists. The artists represented in the Directory have undergone a rigorous review process.

 Each residency consists of a planning session with the selected artist and your staff, seven half day* art-making sessions with your clients and the artist, and one assessment session with your staff and the artist. Generally, artists work with groups of up to 12. 

*one half day is equivalent to 2 hours maximum

 Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Human service agencies that serve people with cognitive, developmental, neurological, or physical disabilities are eligible to apply, and will be given priority. A limited number of agencies that serve low-income individuals or families may be considered for funding.  Participants must be Westchester County residents. Please note: residential treatment centers and hospitals, as well as agencies that serve people with mental illness are not eligible for this funding opportunity.

 How Do I Apply?

Complete the application by Monday, October 30, 2017 by 11:59pm.  Applications are reviewed by a committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees, which makes recommendations to the Board

 Will there be an application assistance workshop?

Yes. There will be a workshop on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 5-6 p.m at ArtsWestchester’s office located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601.

 Who May I Contat with Questions or For More Information?

Jessy Mendez is the project manager. You may contact her at jmendez@artswestchester.org

 What Is the Maximum Amount Awarded?

This is a matching grant.  Your organization must confirm they can cover half the cost of the residency ($1,000).  After confirming that your agency can provide the matching $1,000 , ArtsWestchester can award $1,000. The $2,000 includes the artist fees and disposable arts supplies.

 What Is the Period of Support?

All funded activities must take place between January 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018

 If I Receive A Special Needs Grant, What Will My Responsibilities Include?

If you receive a grant, you will be required to comply with the terms of a Cultural Agreement Contract that include:

Providing ArtsWestchester with written notice of the date(s), time(s) and location(s) of the funded project(s) at least six weeks prior to the event.

·         Recognizing the support of ArtsWestchester in all published materials, whether print or electronic, as described in the contract  and publicity agreement.(all logos are available at www.artswestchester.org)

·         Completing the proposed project by the August 31, 2018

·         Submitting a final report accompanied by project documentation

Paying the teaching artist directly with funds from ArtsWestchester

An Individual Artist Grant provides direct support to an individual artist for the creation of an original new work. An essential element is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project. The project must encompass a segment of the community through some form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project. Projects that limit public participation to performances or exhibitions after the work has been executed are not eligible.

An Individual Artist Grant is designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity and to highlight the role of artists as important members of the community. These grants are intended to support creative (not interpretive) artists interested in working within a community setting.

Artists may submit only one request for an Individual Artist grant.


A Rockland DEC Community Project Grant provides support for community-based arts activities throughout Rockland County. Activities in all arts disciplines are eligible for support. Rockland DEC Project Grants may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings, and readings. All funded projects must be community based and open to the general public.

The goals of the Rockland DEC Project Grant program include:
  • Making the arts available at the local level
  • Fostering the development of emerging arts organizations
  • Supporting local artists
  • Supporting the cultural expression of Rockland's ethnic groups
  • Increasing access to the arts in communities that traditionally have been underserved. (Underserved communities are comprised of individuals who have limited access to art programs, services, or resources and may be marginalized due to geography, race, economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability. The term “community” can refer to a group of people with a common heritage or characteristics, whether or not living in the same place. Age alone – i.e. youth, seniors – does not qualify a group as being under-served.)
**Please note - applicants may only have one active draft at a time per category. If you plan to submit more than one application you must complete the first submission before beginning the next**



A Rockland DEC Arts Education Grant provides support for partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and Rockland public schools (grades K-12), learning centers, and community sites. The Arts Education category has two funding priorities: K-12 In-School Projects and After-School and Community-based Learning

Funds can support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process, and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skill-based study that incorporates one or more art forms. This includes a minimum of three (3) hands-on learning sessions with the same students and teacher. ArtsWestchester encourages projects that integrate the arts into the curriculum, but curriculum integration is not required. The primary goal is to provide students of all ages with rich artistic learning experiences.

For applicants working in partnership with a Public School:

A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the principal. 

For applicants working in partnership with a Community-based Organization:

A letter of commitment from the community-based partner to the artist, arts organization, or unincorporated entity must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the director of the partner organization.

It is recommended that support materials include lesson plans, evaluation plan, video/photo work samples of past Arts Education work, participant evaluation forms and letters of recommendation.

For all proposals, the artist or arts organization is the lead applicant.  If awarded, grant funding would go to the artist/organization.

**Please note - applicants may only have one active draft at a time per category. If you plan to submit more than one application you must complete the first submission before beginning the next**