An Arts Alive 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 Arts Alive 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.


An Arts Alive Project Grant provides support for community-based arts activities throughout Westchester County. Activities in all arts disciplines are eligible for support. Arts Alive 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 Arts Alive 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 Westchester’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**



An Arts Alive Arts Education Grant provides support for partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and Westchester 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**


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**