Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Council grantee choreographer, teacher and performer Annie Ferdous.
Through our Decentralization program, NYSCA provides funding to regional arts councils and centers to regrant to local arts organizations. This funding allows us to support a total of 2,500 arts groups in all 62 New York State counties.
At many of our Decentralization (DEC) sites, it’s time to get your 2018 applications ready.
The following DEC Sites have posted information about their 2018 grant funding including application deadlines, informational meetings and grant writing workshop opportunities:
Adirondack Lake Center for Arts (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties)
The Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts offers two categories of grant opportunities: Community Arts and Arts Education. All applicants must attend one of the scheduled grant writing seminars or request a consultation with the grant coordinator. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is October 23, 2017.
Arts Center of the Capital Region (Albany, Renssalaer, and Schenectady Counties)
The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers grants for Community Arts, Arts in Education, and Individual Artists. Guidelines for 2018 applications are now available, and applications are due November 19, 2017.
Arts Council for Wyoming County (Wyoming County)
The Arts Council for Wyoming County offers grants opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts, and Arts Education. Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.
Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties)
The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’s Presentation Funds grants have an upcoming deadline of August 7, 2017. Check in with their website regularly for more information on additional 2018 grants.
Arts Mid- Hudson (Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties)
Arts Mid-Hudson offers grants for arts and cultural projects, individual artists, and arts learning grants for after school and community-based programs in Duchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. Deadlines for 2018 funding have passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (Erie and Niagara Counties)
The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Arts Education, and for Individual Artists. The deadline for the 2018 applications is September 22, 2017.
ArtsWestchester (Westchester and Rockland Counties)
ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive grant program offers opportunities in three categories which include projects, artists and arts education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 4, 2017.
Auburn Public Theater (Cayuyga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties)
Auburn Public Theater provides individual, community, and arts education grants through Finger Lakes Community Arts and serves Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. The deadline for all three categories is October 13, 2017.
Bronx Council on the Arts (Bronx County)
The Bronx Council on the Arts offers an Artist for Community grant opportunity and Community Arts Grants. The deadline to submit a 2018 Artist for Community grant is October 13, 2017. Grant writing workshops are provided and the last How-to-Apply workshop will be held on July 25, 2017 at 6:00pm at Green Worker Cooperatives. Community Arts Grants applications are due November 17, 2017.
Brooklyn Arts Council (Kings County)
The Brooklyn Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Local Arts Support. The deadline for 2018 application is September 20, 2017 and applicants will be notified in January 2018. For applicants that have not received a grant since 2015 funding cycle, attending an information session is required. Sessions will be held on July 31, August 2, 3, 8, 10, 19, 21, and 24 at various locations. Please see website for more details.
Cattaraugus County Arts Council (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties)
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council offers opportunities for grants in Artist in Community, Community Arts, and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 6, 2017. Grant application information sessions are being held periodically through September 29, 2017 at various locations. See website for more details.
Chenango Arts Council (Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties)
The Chenango Arts Council provides grants for community arts and arts education in Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.
Community Arts Partnership (Tompkins County)
The Community Arts Partnership offers grant opportunities in three categories. The Grants for Arts Programs deadline is October 5, 2017, the Artist in the Community Grant deadline is October 12, 2017, and the Arts Education Grant deadline is November 20, 2017. All grant application deadlines are for 2018 projects.
CNY Arts (Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties)
CNY Arts offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Individual Artist Commissions, and Arts Education. More information on deadlines and guidelines will be coming soon. All applicants must attend an informational seminar or fulfill one of the required alternatives.
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (Sullivan County)
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance offers Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Visit DVAA’s website regularly for information about 2019 grants.
Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (Genesee and Orleans Counties)
The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council offers Reach, Ripple and Spark grant opportunities. The Reach grant provides funding to organizations for supporting arts and cultural programs and projects, the Ripple grant provides funding to individual artists, and the Spark grant provides funding to arts education initiatives. All grant application deadlines are September 29, 2017. The application portal opened July 24, 2017. All applicants that did not attend a grant workshop in 2016 for the 2017 cycle are required to attend this year. Workshops are available through August 11 attendees must make reservations at least two days in advance.
Greene County Council on the Arts (Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties)
The Greene County Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is September 30, 2017. One-on-one meetings and application draft review will be available through September 14, 2017. All applicants must attend an informational meeting in the county they are applying. Sessions will be held July 24, 30, August 7, 8, and 15. See their website for details on time and location.
Huntington Arts Council (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)
The Huntington Arts Council offers Creative Individual grants, Creative Communities grants and Creative Learning grants. All applications must be received by December 1, 2017. All applicants are required to attend a grants workshop. The grants workshop schedule will be available soon.
Livingston Arts (Livingston and Monroe Counties)
Livingston Arts offers grant opportunities to Artists in Education, Individual Artists, and Community Arts. For Livingston County, applications are due September 21, 2017. For Monroe County, applications are due October 19, 2017.
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (Warren and Washington Counties)
The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council offers Community Arts grant opportunities for Organizations, Individuals, and Education. The 2018 application deadline is October 27, 2017. All new applicants are required to attend and informational seminar or set up a meeting with the grants coordinator. Workshops will be held July 21, August 1, 29, and September 7 at various locations. Returning applicants must make the grants coordinator aware of their intent to apply by September 29, 2017.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York County)
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers grant opportunities for Creative Engagement and Creative Learning. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 12, 2017. All first-time applicants are required to attend an information session.
Returning applicants interested in Creative Engagement grants must attend a session if they have not attended an information session for Creative Engagement, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, or The Fund for Creative Communities in 2014 or later.
Returning applicants interested in Creative Learning must attend a session if they did not attend one in 2016. Session dates for both grant programs will be held July 24, August 8, 9, 14, 24, 31, and September 6 at various locations. See website for details.
Putnam Arts Council (Putnam County)
The Putnam Arts Council offers grants opportunities for high quality artistic and cultural projects which take place in Putnam County and are open to the public Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.
Queens Council on the Arts (Queens County)
The Queens Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities to organizations and individuals. These categories include the Arts Access Grant, Community Arts Grant, Community Engagement Commissioning, the New Work Grant. The deadline for all 2018 grant applications is October 26, 2017. Applicants applying for the first time and returning applicants that have not applied in the last two years must attend an information session at a group session or an individual meeting with a QCA staff member.
Roxbury Arts Group (Delaware County)
The Roxbury Arts Group offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artists. Grant information sessions will be held August 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, and 15 at various locations. Attendance is highly recommended. The application period will be open between September 1 and October 27. A link will be made available on the website beginning September 1.
Saratoga County Arts Council (Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
The Saratoga County Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Artists, and Arts Education. For 2018 grant applications, the letter of intent deadline is September 15, 2017, the application review deadline is October 12, 2017 and the application deadline is November 2, 2017. New applicants must attend an in-person seminar or a live webinar. Pre-registration is required.
St. Lawrence County Arts Council (Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties)
The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has three funding programs: Public Art Fellowship, Teaching Artists’ Fund, and Community Arts Grant. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 15, 2017. First-time applicants must attend a grant workshop. Workshop will be held July 25, August 1, 10, and 12 at various locations.
Staten Island Arts (Richmond County)
Staten Island Arts offers grants for artists, arts and cultural organizations, and arts-in-education programs. Applications for 2018 projects will be available in September 2017. Check in with their website regularly for further instructions and guidelines for 2018 grants.