Grant Opportunities and Info

What we do!

Supporting growth in arts and film programs that enhance tourism is a key element in our county's integrated economic development strategy. A vital and diverse cultural climate supports the growth of business and industry, jobs, income and tax revenues, and helps build a positive image for the region. Indeed, the restoration of Suffolk's historic and beautiful performing arts centers or theaters has served as the focal point for the economic revitalization of several downtown areas.

The Office of Film and Cultural Affairs are committed to these and other programs that preserve the cultural heritage and unique character of our county and its communities. Through the Arts & Film Competitive Grant we provide material support to organizations that work to:

Develop new arts and film programs that have the greatest potential to increase economic impact to communities and regions.

Enhance an existing arts and film program in order to significantly increase the economic impact to communities, regions and state.

Develop productive partnerships between local and regional arts, film, and tourism organizations; and/or public and private sector organizations, and/or state and federal agencies. Develop a common vision and implementation plan for the development of cultural heritage.

Insure quality and integrity of interpretation and presentation of Suffolk County Long Island's culture.

Attract new arts and film visitors to Suffolk County in a way that will extend tourist seasons or increase expenditures by tourists.


We recommended that all prospective applicants attend the free grant writing workshop to learn more information about the grant programs and application process. Workshop attendance will earn each applicant ONE BONUS POINT to its total score. Workshop attendance is not required to apply for a Suffolk County grant. Please let us know if you are planning to attend a workshop and email us at or or phone at 631.853-4800.

The Workshop Information Sessions schedule for the 2019 GRANT CYCLE deadline is October 19, 2018 at 4:30pm. Workshops will be held in the following locations:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Patchogue Arts Council, 20 Terry St., Patchogue, NY 11772

Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
East End Arts Council, Carriage House, 133 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Monday, September 24, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Media Room, H. Lee Dennison Bldg., 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, 11788
All attendees must enter through the plaza entrance and check in at the security desk.

Confused by all the cultural lingo? Check out our handy Glossary for Creatives

Crediting Requirements for all Suffolk County Cultural and Film grants

Credit must be given to Suffolk County in any printed material, programs, press releases, etc for all funded projects. Please select the appropriate logo for your project.

  1. The statement "Public funding provided by Suffolk County"; and
  2. Logo, please save the .jpg logos below for your web.
  3. Please email us for a high-res version.

Additional logos for your use:

Final Report Requirements 2018

An organization must submit a final report to Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs/Film Commission within 60 days after the funded project is completed. Expenses, projects, and services performed are reviewed to ascertain an organization’s compliance with the contract terms. Please note that if a final report is not filed within the allotted time the organization may not be eligible for future funding.

The following are considered to be the Final Report.

  • Invoices for expenses incurred and charged to the funded project.
    • Cancelled Checks (copies) OR Bank Statement - proof that expenses were incurred as per agreement. IMPORTANT: Please organize the cancelled checks and/or Bank Statements to align with the invoice/contract that it is to match.
    • A Narrative that includes:
      1. Results/Outcomes
        • What difference did this grant make in your community or neighborhood and for the population you are serving? Please discuss evidence of effect (e.g., numbers served, demographic information, client satisfaction survey results, pre- and post-test results, community indicators, outcomes, etc.)
        • Describe collaborations, if any, related to the work funded by this grant and how it impacted your efforts.
      2. Project demographics. We will want to know your attendance count and the demographics of those attending.
      3. The Final Report Form must be submitted in a paper format. Email or electronic submissions are not acceptable.




Diana J. Cherryholmes

Erin Reyes

Film & Cultural Affairs

H. Lee Dennison Building
11th Floor
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-853-4800

Fax: 631-853-4767