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Arts Education Grants: Community-Based Arts Education (AE) Grants

Grants to New York Artists and Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for Community Arts Education Programming

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Saratoga Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

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Deadline Date:

10/25/19 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to New York artists and nonprofits for community arts education programs in Saratoga, Mongtomery, and Fulton Counties. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and attend an informational seminar prior to applying. Funding is intended to engage local community members in the arts.

Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

The Community Arts Education grant funds:
- Artist Stipends/Fees Associated with Residency
- Arts-related Materials needed to implement the residency
- Promotional Expenses
- Other arts-related expenses

Guidelines for Eligible Projects:
- Projects may occur during a weekday or weekend / day or evening hours
- Project must involve at least three in-depth, sequential learning contact sessions with the same artist and core group of learners
- Project activities and outcomes must be collaboratively designed, planned, taught by the artist and partnering nonprofit cultural organization

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138159

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Arts Education Grants range from $500 - $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place in the county in which the applicant or organization resides. Projects must take place between January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists and organizations whose primary residence is in Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County, or an out-of-county individual artist or organization who is fiscally sponsored by an in-county nonprofit can apply.

The Arts Education Grant can support arts education projects that take place in community-based settings and are designed specifically for a targeted group of learners.

Additional eligibility guidelines:

The Arts Education grant cannot fund:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Saratoga Arts offers free in-person and web-based seminars to assist applicants in understanding the grant process. Seminars focus on specifics of the grant application, including writing the narrative, successfully completing the budget, successful project examples, and review panel tips.

For the 2020 Grant Cycle, all applicants, new and returning, are required to attend a seminar

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. Register online:

2020 Informational Seminars Dates and Time:

July 25, 2019
Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
8 pm-9 pm, Arts Education Grants

August 1, 2019
Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts
2736 NY-30, Gloversville, NY 12078
6:15 pm-7:15 pm, Arts Education Grants

August 8, 2019
Centro Civico
143-145 East Main Street
Amsterdam NY 12010
6:15 pm-7:15 pm, Arts Education Grants

August 22, 2019
Malta Arts Center at Living Resources
11 Round Lake
Ballston Lake NY 12019
6:15 pm-7:15 pm, Arts Education Grants

September 5 2019
Schuylerville Public Library
52 Ferry St, Schuylerville, NY 12871
6:45 pm-7:45 pm, Arts Education Grants

September 11, 2019
Live Webinar
Registration Required
5:30 pm-6:45 pm, Arts Education Grants

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for the 2020 funding cycle:
- Letter of Intent: September 13, 2019 (midnight)
- Application Preview: October 4, 2019 (midnight)
- Application: October 25, 2019 (midnight)

In addition to the informational seminars, Saratoga Arts offers current applicants grant writing technical assistance. If an applicant would like feedback on their grant proposal, the grants administrator must receive the draft application no later than October 4, 2019.

A Community Arts Education Grant can fund up to 75% of the residency’s total expense; the remaining 25% must be in the form of cash and/or in-kind and can be contributed from the individual artist, non-profit, partnering school, or other group.

Saratoga Arts distributes funding to grant recipients immediately following disbursement from New York State. Grant Awards may not be until late spring. If your organization is dependent on receiving funding in order to implement the event please plan your budget and cash flow needs accordingly.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit Letter of Intent and Application materials to:
Sharon Wait, Grants Administrator

Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga Counties