Queens Arts Fund

Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers project-based grants to Queens-based artists, artist collectives, and small non-profit organizations to support the local production of artwork and cultural programs that highlight, engage, and bolster the diverse communities of the Queens borough.

The 2024 Queens Arts Fund 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.


Applications Open: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM ET
Applications Close: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET*
Applicants Notified: February 2024

*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.

Apply: Arts Access Grant Apply: New Work Grant


The 2024 cycle of QAF will again be administered by NYFA, and will open on Tuesday, September 19.

Before applying, please view grant guidelines by selecting the grant below:

For Organizations:

A group of dancers wearing white tank tops and black shorts pose in a dance move, with an audience watching in the background.
Image Credit: Marc Nunez, Gotham Dance Theater performance at Queensboro Dance Festival at Hunters Point LIC (August 2021). Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac.

For Queens-based small-budget 501c3 nonprofit organizations or unincorporated artist collectives:

The Arts Access Grant supports community-based organizations and collectives in their efforts to produce public arts and cultural programs in all artistic disciplines that bolster the cultural vibrancy of the Queens communities and neighborhoods where they are located and operate.

Grant Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

2024 ARTS ACCESS GRANT GUIDELINES 点击此处查看中文指南。 Haga clic aquí para ver las pautas en español.

For Individuals: 

Two individuals wearing in traditional Indian clothing are still in a dance gesture.
Image Credit: Mala Desai, CoVidYa, Shringar (decoration) presented by Mala’s Odissi at Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Photo Credit: QDF 2021.

For individual artists, unincorporated artist collectives, or collaborations between multiple artists:

The New Work Grant supports emerging individual artists and artist collectives of all artistic disciplines in their creation of new work. “New Work” is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before.

Grant Amount: $3,000

2024 NEW WORK GRANT GUIDELINES 点击此处查看中文指南。 Haga clic aquí para ver las pautas en español.


*** The 2024 Queens Arts Fund Panelist Nomination Form is now open! ***

Panelists are an integral part of the Queens Arts Fund grant-making process. Panelists are artists, cultural workers, educators, and community leaders who are familiar with Queens and care about the people who live there. Panelists carefully review and score applications and participate in a (virtual) panel review session, and receive a small honorarium for their time and service.

Interested in serving as a panelist? Or interested in nominating someone to be a panelist? Visit the link below to learn more!

Panelist Nomination Form

You can also learn more about the QAF Evaluation and Selection Process here.


Info Sessions and One-on-One Sessions

The NYFA Grant’s team will be hosting a series of virtual information sessions and one-on-one office hours designed to help artists, collectives, and non-profit organizations build a strong application. All QAF applicants are required to attend or watch at least one info session.

Please click here to sign up and access recorded videos.

Request an Accommodation

To request an accommodation or if you need assistance in applying online, please email [email protected] or call (212) 366-6900 ext.264 on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM ET. For accommodation outside of the provided time slot, please email [email protected] to schedule a phone call. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, November 7 to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.

All questions should be directed to [email protected].

Image Credit: Gustavo Rodriguez, guitar class by Andres Flores in a closed bar in Jackson Heights, Queens.