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Arts Link Grants

Grants to Putnam County, New York Nonprofits for
Arts Programming that is Open to the Public

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Putnam Arts Council

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11/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $800 to $5,000 to Putnam County, New York nonprofit organizations for high quality cultural and artistic projects to benefit the community. Applicants must attend an informational seminar prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects in a variety of artistic disciplines, including (but not limited to): theatre, dance, visual arts, music, folk arts, literary arts, video, and film. The program exists to support professional fees for artists, marketing and publicity costs, supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project and direct administrative expenses.

Essential Project Criteria: 

  • Arts Link Grants are available for arts programs of high artistic merit and exemplary quality. The qualifications and caliber of participating artists is a large part of the evaluation process
  • Arts Link Grants are available for support of a specific project only
  • The applicant must show organizational history and stability
  • Projects must have at their core an activity that is fundamentally arts, as opposed to an activity the outcome of which is fundamentally rehabilitative, therapeutic or recreational. The ability to generate audiences in support of the project must be demonstrable
  • The project must have clearly defined objectives and ability to achieve those objectives
  • Projects must be open to, targeted to, available to, promoted to and easily accessible by the general public of Putnam County and not just an organization's membership. Projects that are of specific interest to a small group will not be funded even if opened to the general public.
  • Projects must provide evidence of community need and non-duplication of existing services.
  • The Arts Link grant can fund expenses such as artistic fees, marketing and publicity, postage, printing, some supply costs, space rental and the like for specific programs

Funding Preferences & Priorities:

  • Applicants whose mission/focus is cultural and/or artistic
  • Applicants who can provide a 50% cash match
  • Applicants whose project features underserved artists, audiences, or disciplines
  • Applicants whose project is offered in bilingual format
  • Applicants who take an innovative and creative approach to bringing the arts to the public
  • Projects that develop audiences for the arts and provide access to as broad an audience as possible
  • Returning applicants that show demonstrated ability of growth in programming

Interdisciplinary projects and collaborations are encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145279

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum direct request is of $800; the maximum request is of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1st and December 31st, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A qualifying organization must be:
- A not-for-profit organization, association or institution located in Putnam County, incorporated in Putnam County, whose primary mission is providing services to residents of Putnam County and environs
- Governed by a regularly meeting Board of Trustees and operated under a set of By-Laws
- Must conduct activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability
- Demonstrate non-profit status by providing one of the following:
- 501(c)(3) letter
- Have official authorization as an arm of local government
- Registered as a Charitable organization with the Bureau of Charities
- N.Y. State Board of Regents Charter (Section 216 of the Education Law)

Individual artists or organizations that do not have not-for-profit-status can seek sponsorship with an organization that fits the eligibility criteria. (The sponsoring organization is the “Applicant Organization”.) PAC can provide information about the requirements for becoming a potential sponsor.

For a list of ineligible applicants and expenses, see page 3 of the guidelines in the "Supporting Documents" link below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Informational Seminar options:

Putnam Arts Council, 521 Kennicut Hill, Rd, Mahopac:
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:30 or Tuesday, October 1 at 2:00pm

Chapel Restoration’s Chancery, 45 Market Street, Cold Spring:
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:30pm

To register for a workshop, contact Joanna Ross, Grants Coordinator.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by 5:00 PM
- The Arts Link Grant Application is an on-line application on PAC’s web site,
- Late applications will not be accepted.
- Applicants must have attended one of PAC’s informational grant seminars to be eligible to apply

If you experience insurmountable technical difficulties, you must submit 9 copies of all required materials to PAC’s office by 3:00 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and you must inform the grants coordinator that you are doing so.

It is recommended that new applicants take the opportunity to submit an application draft at least 2 weeks before the due date. Request a review by emailing PAC’s Grants Coordinator.

An award can support a maximum of 70% of the project’s total cost.

Contact Information:

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

The 2020 On-line Grant Application will be made available on October 18, after the last mandatory workshop.

Joanna Ross, Grants Coordinator

521 Kennicut Hill Road, P.O. Box 156
Mahopac, NY 10541

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