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Community Arts Grant to support Arts and Cultural Activities in New York


Community Arts grants support arts and cultural activities of artists and organizations in service to residents in Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties. These activities increase the value of the arts as an integral part of the community and make the arts accessible to all.

Donor Name: ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council)

State: New York

Counties: Cattaraugus County (NY), Chemung County (NY), Schuyler County (NY), Steuben County (NY), Tioga County (NY)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/10/2021

Size of the Grant: $500 to $5,000


Examples of previously funded projects includes mural creation, summer concert series, poetry readings, folk art programing, and glassmaking workshops.

These grants are made possible with public, State Community Regrant (SCR) funds from the New York State Council on the ARTS (NYSCA), a state agency, and administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council).

Grant Amount

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Grant Criteria

Grants are awarded based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Community Benefit & Accessibility
  • Managerial & Fiscal Competence

Priority is given to the following:

  • Projects that pay artistic fees
  • Projects that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Clear, concise, and complete applications

Programmatic quality is valued over participant quantity.

Applicant Eligibility

The following applicants residing in Cattaraugus, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, or Tioga County are eligible to apply for this grant program:

  • Nonprofit organization or unit of local government
  • Individual artist(s) or non-incorporated organizations applying through a fiscal sponsoring nonprofit organization or with a community-based nonprofit partner

A community-based nonprofit partner is required to provide a letter of commitment outlining the scope of the partnership and each partner’s investment (in-kind and/or cash) towards the project. In this case, the applicant will be responsible for receiving award funds. Fiscal sponsors must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as non-profit applicants and will be responsible for receiving and distributing award funds to their sponsored organization.

Fiscal sponsors and community partners must be located in the county where the activity is taking place. A direct applicant to NYSCA cannot serve as a community partner or fiscal sponsor, however, a direct applicant to NYSCA can support the project as long as no financial benefit comes to them. A fiscal sponsor can also apply for a Community Arts grant.

Project Eligibility

  • Community focused, in-person and virtual, arts and cultural activities occurring during the 2022 calendar year are eligible. Examples of previously funded projects include public art installations, workshops, musical and theatrical productions, poetry readings, folk art workshops, and more. Audience sizes can be limited in scope to meet New York State COVID-19 guidelines.
  • NYSCA applicants may offer their venue gratis, handle ticketing, and provide other support for the project, however projects cannot financially benefit direct NYSCA applicants. The project also cannot be advertised as part of the NYSCA applicant’s official season/programming and must clearly use the provided credit language indicating that it is a SCR funded project.

For mor information, visit 2022 Community Arts Grant.

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