2016 Queens Arts Fund: Funding for Queens Artists and Arts Organizations

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2016 Queens Arts Fund:

Funding for Queens Artists and Arts Organizations

Application Deadline – October 8, 2015


Information Sessions begin on July 29, 2015


Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) announces the 2016 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) funding cycle that supports the hard work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with grants for their programming. In 2015, QCA awarded over $180,000 in grants to 39 individual artists and 40 organizations for the creation of arts and cultural programming in the borough of Queens.


On July 1st, new guidelines and the online grant application for the 2016 grant cycle will become available on the QCA website http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf/.


Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts discipline and meeting eligibility and requirements are invited to apply to the 2016 QAF grant program.


Deadline for ALL applications is Thursday, October 8, 2015.




This 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 July 29th. (See schedule below).


Spanish translation will be available at the Wednesday, July 29th session to be held at QCA in Astoria.

Korean translation will be available on Wednesday, August 13th at QCA.


Bengali translation will be available on Monday, August 31st at the South Ozone Park Branch Queens Library.


Chinese translation will be available Wednesday, September 30th session at the Flushing Branch Queens Library, Main Street.


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.


ALL applicants are required to complete an application information session in one of three ways:

1) View application tutorials on the QCA website

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

3) Attend an informational group session (see schedule below)


Meet with a QCA Staff Member

Bring a draft proposal to QCA and ask questions about your grant application. Appointments are 20 minutes long and are open to individuals and organizations.


Registration is required for

Thursday, September 3, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 8, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Monday September 21, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Thursday, September 24, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM


To sign up for a one-on-one appointment: http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf/


QAF Application Information Session Schedule – Open to Individual Artists and Organizations

Workshops will begin promptly at 6 PM, unless otherwise noted, and last approximately 2 hours. Please be on time.

No RSVP is required.


Wednesday, July 29, 6 PM

Queens Council on the Arts

37-11 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11101

(Entrance on 37th Street)

Spanish Translation Provided at this Session



Thursday, August 6, 5:30 PM

Far Rockaway Branch Queens Library

1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway, 11691



Tuesday, August 13, 6 PM

Queens Council on the Arts

Korean Translation Provided at this Session



Tuesday, August 18, 6 PM
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, 11432



Wednesday, August 26, 6 PM

Afrikan Poetry Theater

176-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY, 11432



Monday, August 31, 6 PM

South Ozone Park Branch Queens Library

128-16 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420

Bengali Translation Provided at this Session



Wednesday, September 2, 6PM

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Studio7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Breezy Point, 11697



Thursday, September 10, 6 PM

Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, 11378



Tuesday, September 15, 6 PM

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

58-03 Rockaway Blvd, Rockaway, 11692



Monday, September 28, 6 PM

St Albans Branch Queens Library

191-05 Linden Blvd., St Albans, 11412



Wednesday, September 30, 6 PM
Flushing Branch Queens Library
3rd Floor Conference Room

41-17 Main Street, Flushing, 11355

Chinese Translation Provided at this Session



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 or Sam Dalsheimer, QAF Grants Associate, at qcagrants@gmail.com or 347-505-3019.


The Queens Art Fund is made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Queens Council on the Arts is the borough-wide arts council of Queens. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster, and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community.

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