Fiscal Sponsorship Applications Due September 30

Fiscal Sponsorship Applications Due September 30

The official start of fall is just a month away! 

Gear up for fall grant deadlines and make the most of fundraising opportunities this season with NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship. Check out our list of upcoming borough arts council grant deadlines below.

Fiscal Sponsorship Expands Fundraising Capabilities  

Fiscal Sponsorship allows artists and organizations to apply for grants from foundations or corporate funders that are usually restricted to 501(c )(3) tax-exempt organizations. It also offers individual donors the benefit of a tax-deductible contribution.

Increasing your fundraising capacity means more opportunities to do what you do best, grow your project!  

We’re Here to Help

In the past fiscal year, our fiscally sponsored projects earned $4,653,000* for their projects and organizations. Millions of dollars went directly to funding artists and their projects. Our projects received grants from prestigious funders such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts.

NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship supports the outstanding accomplishments of our nearly 700 fiscally sponsored projects by assisting in grant submissions, reporting requirements, acknowledging donors, and offering feedback on project materials. We are one of the oldest and most reputable fiscal sponsors in the United States. Our experience makes NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship one of the best options for artists seeking funding restricted to tax-exempt organizations.

*Approximate as of June 7, 2016


In addition to increasing your project’s fundraising opportunities, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship offers free consultations and review of grant applications. We also host exclusive workshops for sponsored projects, creating connections within our wide-ranging network of artists and organizations. Participation in our fiscal sponsorship program also gives access to a spectrum of artist services and resources at NYFA.  

Apply for Fiscal Sponsorship

Next Deadline: September 30, 2016
Apply: Click here for application
Application Requirements: Project description, budget, resume, work samples


Learn more about NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship and check out our Directory of Projects to see what our community is up to. Questions? View our FAQ page.

Fall Grant Opportunities for Queens, Bronx and Staten Island Based Artists

As our list includes a wide variety of funding opportunities, be sure to carefully read and follow each grant’s guidelines and deadlines. Although not all grants require attending an information session, doing so whenever possible is a great way to gain insight from the funder and ask questions to improve your application.  

Queens Council on the Arts
All Grants Due: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5 PM
Info Sessions: click here. Note: QAF Application Information Sessions are mandatory for ALL QAF applicants and are open to Individual Artists and Organizations.

Art Access Grant
Who: Nonprofit organizations
Funds: $1,000 – $5,000, to enhance the cultural vibrancy in Queens’ communities and neighborhoods and make the arts accessible to all.

Community Arts Grant
Who: Nonprofit organizations, organizations with a fiscal sponsor, individual artists working with a Queens-based nonprofit organization
Funds: $1,000 – $5,000, to enhance the cultural vibrancy in Queens’ communities and neighborhoods and make the arts accessible to all.

Community Engagement Commissioning
Who: Individual artists
Funds: $2,500, supports individual artists creating new work directly involving the community through social engagement art projects.

New Work Grant
Who: Individual artists
Grant Amount: $2,000, supports Queens artists in the creation of new work that contributes to the cultural life of the borough.

Bronx Council on the Arts
Varies by grant, see below for details
Info Sessions: click here

Bronx Community Arts Grants
Who: Bronx-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists working through a fiscal sponsor or in partnership with Bronx-based nonprofit organizations. Community Arts Grants may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshop series, performances (all disciplines), festivals, screenings or readings.
Funds: $1,000 to $5,000, projects in this category must be community based and open to the general public.
Due: November 18, 2016

Bronx Recognizes Its Own
Who: Individual Bronx-based artists, who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art
Funds: $3,000 grants
Due: December 9, 2016
Applications will be available October 3, 2016

Staten Island Arts
Varies by grant, see below for details
Grant FAQ: click here

NYSCA Community Art Partner Grant
Who: Individual Staten Island artists of all disciplines for the creation of new work that breaks new ground and addresses the concept of community.
Funds: $2,500 grants
More Info: click here. 
Due: November 4, 2016
Application opens September 6, 2016

Department of Cultural Affairs Art Fund Grant
Who: Individual Staten Island artists and organizations of all arts and humanities disciplines. Neither a fiscal sponsor nor 501©(3) is required.  
Funds: $750 -$5,000 grants
Due: October 23, 2016
Application opens September 8, 2016

Department of Cultural Affairs Premier Grants
Who: Individual Staten Island artists, collaborative groups of individuals, and community arts and cultural organizations.
Funds: $750 -$3,000 grants
Due: November 4, 2016
Application opens September 6, 2016

Excellence in the Arts
Who: Individual Staten Island artists
Funds: $1,000 awards
Due: Friday March 18, 2016

Images, from top: Jaema Joy Dance 3, Jaema Joy Berry, photo by Travis Magee; Intensity Su Data, Lia Cook.

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