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2018 Teaching Artist Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits, PTAs, and Artists in
Eligible Counties for K-12 Arts Projects

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The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

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Deadline Date:

10/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to New York nonprofits, unincorporated groups, PTAs, and artists for arts-related projects for K-12 students in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tioga counties. New applicants must participate in a seminar or webinar before applying.

Funding is intended to support sequential arts education projects that take place in-school, after school, or in community centers. 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. Inter-curricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.

Applicants must choose from one of the following project strands: In-School Projects taking place during the School Day or After-School Projects taking place at a School or Community Center. Projects can only support K-12 aged students. After-School Projects do not have to be open to the general public.

Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 3 contact sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Projects must involve in-depth, age, and skill appropriate learning opportunities. Projects must provide stated learning goals, methodologies, and outcomes, and a means for evaluation.

Examples of previously funded projects include dance, storytelling, history, photography, and more.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147091

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

- Individual artists, unincorporated groups, or nonprofits
- PTA with nonprofit status independent of the public school

School partners must be Public or Charter schools certified by BOCES. School partners and Community Centers must be located in the county where the applicant resides and provide a letter of commitment for the project. Non-applicant, hired artists may be from outside the applicant’s county.

The following will make your application ineligible and not considered for funding:


- Applied directly to NYSCA in 2018, regardless of funding status
- Is a public school district, an affiliate or component, or a four‐year public university or college
- Is a New York State agency or department
- Failed to submit final reports for past funding
- If a new applicants, does not attend a required application seminar or webinar
- Does not submit an application and required documents through the online application system.
- Partners with a school that is private or parochial, not recognized by BOCES, receives direct funding from NYSCA, or is located outside the county where the applicant resides.

Project Proposal:

- Takes place outside the county where the applicant resides
- Specifically targets home‐school participants
- Involves partners that apply directly to NYSCA. NYSCA grantee may offer their venue gratis. The applicant may pay for direct costs related to venue use, however, the NYSCA grantee cannot handle ticketing or make a profit from the program. The program cannot be advertised as part of the NYSCA grantee’s season/programming.
- Appear to take the role of certified teacher
- Occurs outside the school day or on a school break if applying for an In-School Project
- Is a standalone, single occurrence activity
- Proposes non‐arts activities and/or the acquisition of artwork
- Selects students taken from regular classes or are self‐selected for participation
- Proposes paying children or students as professional artists
- Proposes paying cash prizes or awards
- Proposes paying administrative costs unrelated to proposed project
- Proposes projects that are intended as recreational, rehabilitative, therapeutic, or worship
- Proposes projects that cannot be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2019
- Proposes, as the primary benefit, the financial gain of an individual or organization
- Proposes support of commercial arts, martial arts, journalism and entertainment (such as balloons, clowns, bubble presentations and/or magicians, sip and paint)

Funding Request:

- Is less than $500 or greater than $5,000
- Supports expenses not related to this project
- Finances fellowships and/or scholarships
- Project income exceeds project expenses
- Subsidizes entertainment costs (e.g. theater parties, gallery/museum openings, receptions)
- Supports fundraising activities
- Underwrites major equipment purchases

Pre-proposal Conference:

New applicants are required to participate in an in-person or online webinar. Returning applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an in-person or online webinar, as grant components and requirements may change from year to year.

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5:30 pm—6:30 pm
Tioga County Council on the Arts, 179 Front St, Owego, NY

Tuesday, September 04, 2018, 3:00 pm—4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 05, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am
Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901

Friday, September 07, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza #101, Corning, NY 14830

Monday, September 10, 2018, 3:00 pm—4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:00 pm—2:00 pm
Franklin Street Gallery, 203 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am

Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, 21 William St, Hammondsport, NY 14840

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Southern Tier Library System, 9424 Scott Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00 pm—5:00 pm

Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Community Arts of Elmira, 413 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901

Monday, September 24, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am

Seminar and webinar schedule:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, October 15, 2018.

It’s highly recommended that applicants take the opportunity to submit an application draft via email at least 1 week before the deadline. Please note the Grants Manager will not have time to look at last minute drafts.

Applicants may apply for a maximum of 75% of the proposed project’s total cost and must demonstrate additional sources of cash and/or in‐kind revenue for a minimum 25% match to cover remaining project costs.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council’s Grants Manager, via or at 607-962-1332 x205 for more information and assistance.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga Counties