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File for Queens arts grants by early Oct.

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:30 am

The Queens Council on the Arts’ annual grants deadlines are on the horizon yet again.

There are five different grants available through the Queens Art Fund, sponsored by the state Council on the Arts, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. JPMorgan forms are due on Oct. 2 and NYSCA and DCA applications on Oct. 11.

There are many qualifications dependent on which grant an organization or individual artist qualifies for and what type of group the applicant is, but first and foremost the applicants must be based in Queens; or, if it’s a nonprofit, it must have a sponsor from the borough.

“These are grassroots organizations that do work in their individual communities and that’s a great thing to support,” QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer said.

In 2012, the QCA awarded $222,597 in grants to 21 individual artists and 50 organizations. About 200 people applied.

The organizations that have received grants vary from Hip to Hip Theatre Company, which hosted 24 free Shakespeare plays all through the borough, to the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, which held free Sundays concerts, On the Square Productions, which produced free shows of “Minervae” in Astoria, and Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band, which put on two series of shows.

“Without funding we can’t rehearse or give a concert and that’s very limiting,” said Sudhalter, who has been funded partially by the QCA since 1986.

She said her band used to receive more funding from private events and street fairs, but now the smaller organizations that run those don’t have the money to hire a band. The QCA funds allow the group to write unique compositions and put on Queens-themed shows like its series that showcases an octogenarian jazz player.

Similarly, the Bayside Glee Club, a men’s chorus group, relies on QCA grants to produce charity concerts. The club sells tickets to two events a year, but likes to perform charity events in the borough such as at Ozanam Hall in Bayside and the senior center at the Creedmoor facility in Queens Village.

“Without grant money we probably wouldn’t be able to do the charitable- type events,” club member Jim Jefts said.

First-time applicants must complete an application workshop by way of either video tutorialsat the QCA website, informational group meetings or a one-on-one sit-down with a QCA staff member.

Workshops will all be held at 6 p.m: on Sept. 6 at theForest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave.; Sept. 12 at theFlushing Library, 41-17 Main St.; Sept. 19 at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning,161-04 Jamaica Ave.; and Sept. 26 atThe Entrepreneur’s Incubator Space, 36-46 37 St. in Long Island City.

A panel composed of about five art administrators, community leaders and artists review applications and make funding recommendations. Groups will be notified in December.

Visit queenscouncilarts.org for more information.

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