2020 new work grant - individual Artist Support

Grant Amount: $3000

For this grant, individual artists and collectives that live in Queens or have a permanent studio in Queens may apply.
Fiscal sponsorship is not required.

Applications for 2020 are NOW OPEN!

The New Work Grant supports artists that live Queens or have their art practice in Queens, in the creation of new work that contributes to the cultural life of the borough.


Project Funding is available for:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    • Music

    • Theater

    • Dance

    • Photography, Film and Video

    • Literature (including Poetry and Spoken Word)

    • Visual arts (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Site-Specific Installations)

    • Fiber Arts

    • Folk 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)

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



  • Resident of Queens or artists who have a full-time studio in Queens (PO boxes are not accepted)

  • Applicants that are at least 18 years of age

  • Artists working in any discipline - visual, literary or performing art forms

  • Applicants that attend a QAF Information Session


  • Students, full or part-time, either currently enrolled or who will be enrolled in 2020. This includes degree programs and certificate programs.

  • Artists who received funding in 2019 for DCA individual artist support (QAF New Work Grant).

  • Past recipients who failed to submit a final report or who did not properly credit funding as stipulated in the QAF Cultural Contract.

  • Individual Artists applying through any other 2020 QAF grant even through partnerships for organization support

  • Applicants who are out of compliance with any Queens Council on the Arts funding contract.

Artists who receive a New Work Grant will need to submit the following materials upon acceptance:

  • Proof of Queens Residency (i.e. signed official lease, bank statement, or utility bill with the grantee’s name and Queens address)

  • Completed W-9 form



  • Recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic art programs – this includes clowning, magic, culinary arts, and cosmetology.

  • Fellowships or scholarships

  • Start-up costs for new groups/organizations

  • Arts education projects

  • Living or general operating expenses

  • Projects that exclude the general public, including members-only access or in private residences

  • Equipment

  • Acquisitions

  • Entertainment costs including openings, receptions, catering, or fundraising

  • Out-of-state travel expenses


  • Quality and clarity of proposed project description

  • Artistic merit of submitted work samples

  • Proposed community impact

  • Demonstration of managerial, planning, and fiscal competence

  • Accurate and clear project budget.

    • Appropriate budget must demonstrate at least 25% of total income coming from diverse sources of outside support.

    • The 25% match can include in-kind contributions and monetary contributions.

    • The panel will evaluate more favorably project budgets that display a diverse mix of outside support, with a greater emphasis on monetary contributions.

  • Non-duplication of comparable existing program in the same geographical area

Panel recommendations are presented to the Queens Council on the Arts Board of Trustees for review and has final approval. The QCA staff facilitates the panel process and does not state opinions or make recommendations during panel deliberations.

 Support of organization in the past does not guarantee funding.


First time applicants must attend a QAF Information Session

Applicants that have not applied in the last 2 years are strongly encouraged to attend.

QCA encourages all applicants to attend an information session and to contact the QAF Staff to discuss your project before submitting your application.

REGISTER For an information Session


Contact Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at / 347.505.3017, or Jenna London, Grants and Residencies Assistant at / 347.505.3015

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