I first found out about Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, (COAHSI), while working on the grounds of Snug Harbor.
As a working artist I knew very little about the art life in my community. I quickly learned that COAHSI was a fairly small staffed, but well organized office that provide numerous service to Staten Island artists. COAHSI often holds special events such as grant writing workshops, and resources available to artists.
Once a year COAHSI offers grants to artists who are Staten Island residents. The grants awarded go from $1,000 to $5,000. Categories for the grants are:
Premier Grants support first-time grantees – both individual Staten Island artists and community arts and cultural organizations- that present art and cultural programming through projects and public presentations.
Art Fund Grant – Previously funded COAHSI Premier artists and arts organization awardees may apply for funding for community projects in any arts or humanities discipline. No conduit or 501(c) 3 required. Requests range from $750 – 5000.
Staten Island Creative Communities (SICC) Grant – is for individual artists and nonprofit organizations that present programming of artistic and cultural significance in any artistic/cultural discipline, including crafts and folk arts, will be considered. Applicants must have a 501 (c) 3 or conduit. These grants are not for fellowships, subsidies, or entitlements. Projects must be open to the public and take place on Staten Island during the year 2009. Requests range from $500 – $5000.
Original Work Grants – support individual Staten Island artists of all disciplines for the creation of new work that breaks new ground and addresses the concept of community. The grant is funded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Artists can apply for more than one grant if they so desire. The grants required that the artist show images of their work, write a proposal, have a venue pre-approved, a goal for the grant and a budget layout. In addition to the grants themselves COAHSI offers one on one counseling with their Grant Director Ginger Shulick.
Ginger takes the time to offer suggestions on how a grant candidate may strengthen their application. She reviews the application for free and offers fair and useful input.
As a working artist this was a wonderful plus. Not only did it save me money but having someone preview my application made me feel like COAHSI wanted me to do well and though it’s a competition, was supporting it’s artists.