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Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant (SCAHG)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Municipalities
to Support Arts and Cultural Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

06/25/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $1,500 to New York arts and cultural nonprofit groups, including municipalities, libraries, theaters, museums, orchestras, choral groups, galleries, and historical societies in eligible locations to support cultural programming. Funding is intended to support quality arts programs, projects, and services that focus on visual, performing, literary, media or folk arts; local and ethnic culture; history and heritage; architecture or environmental arts; and multimedia or multi-disciplinary projects. Applicants must be legally located in Sullivan County and all activities must take place within Sullivan County.

The goals of the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant program are to:

  • Support artists in the creation of new work, and enhance artistic visibility and impact;
  • Support non-profit cultural groups in providing year-round, quality programming in all areas of the county, including the recruitment of new artists and groups from underserved areas;
  • Promote communication and understanding between the different facets of the Sullivan County community through arts, cultural, and heritage activities, and educate community leaders on the grant process and resources available;
  • Support the arts that encourage multi-disciplinary expression and collaboration with other community sectors, such as environmental and social service groups.

Priority is given to groups that:

  • Pay a minimum guaranteed artist fee; 
  • Are dedicated to the development of a wide variety of culturally diverse programming throughout the year;
  • Support new and emerging artists, cultural organizations, and fresh and original works;
  • Support quality programming that enhances underserved constituents and regions of the county, including racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, rural areas, the poor, youth, and the elderly;
  • Support arts and heritage activities that encourage multi-disciplinary expression and collaboration with other community sectors, such as environmental and social service groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154004

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum funding request and grant is $300; the maximum is $1,500.

Term of Contract:

The applicant must intend to produce work or present cultural programming in Sullivan County between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Sullivan County non-profit cultural and artistic groups, such as choral groups, orchestras, theaters, historical societies, libraries, heritage groups, museums, literary groups, galleries, and municipalities, may be eligible for funding.

Individual artists or arts groups that are not incorporated non-profits may apply:
- Directly under this program by partnering with an eligible Sullivan County nonprofit organization as a Fiscal Sponsor
- with an eligible Sullivan County community-based Arts Partner organization.

The applicant must:
- Be legally located in Sullivan County and all activities must take place within Sullivan County;
- Have a board of directors or volunteers who perform board functions;
- Have been in existence for at-least one year and show evidence of fiscal competence;
- Supply evidence of nonprofit status with ONE of the following documents:
a) An IRS letter
b) A receipt from the Department of State’s Office of Charities Registration
c) A charter issued by the Board of Regents of New York State
d) An authorization as an arm of local government
- Conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, sexual identity, or disability

Priority is given to groups that:
- Support artists;
- Are dedicated to long-term, year-round cultural development in Sullivan County;
- Reach underserved regional and population sectors, and/or broad-based audiences;
- Promote new and original programming.

Groups or organizations who cannot be funded include:
- State agencies
- Public schools
- Individuals, without fiscal sponsorship or fiscal partner
- Organizations already receiving line item funding from the county

Ineligible activities:
- Capital expenditures, permanent equipment costs, routine operating expenses, or past debts.
- Scholarships, fellowships, cash prizes, juried shows and other awards to students.
- Programs in which children are used as artists (i.e. paid a fee)
- Lobbying expenses.
- Acquisition of works of art.
- Activities that have taken place prior to the funding cycle or activities unrelated to the project.
- Non-arts-related activities including galas, benefits, or fundraisers, including food costs and entertainment such as clowns, balloons, magicians, or bands hired as background music for an event.
- Projects for which the purpose is recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or religious in nature, including at-risk and social service programs.
- Events taking place in private homes or projects not open to the general public.
- Start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization.
- Requests greater than an applicant’s project minus total project income.
- Creation of textbooks or classroom material.
- Activities that include a presentation of the applicant’s own artistic work, even in conjunction with other artists, except where the applicant is acting as producer of the event.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants, even those who have received funding in the past, are encouraged to attend grant writing workshops to stay afresh on new developments and receive assistance in honing ideas and projects. Registration is required for each workshop.

Two Informational Workshops for 2021 will be held via Zoom:

Tuesday June 1, 6-7 PM
Webinar. Advanced registration required.
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Saturday, June 12, 11 AM – 12 PM
Webinar. Advanced registration required.
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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Friday, June 25, 2021, Midnight EST

2021 Application Cycle Timeline
- Application Opens: Tues. May 24, 2021
- Application Deadline: Fri. June 25, 2021 (11:59 PM EST)
- Preliminary Award Notifications: Thurs. July 1, 2021
- Revised Budget Approval if required: Wed. July 14, 2021
- Grant Award Showcase: TBD

For the 2021 Grant Cycle there is no matching requirement however additional streams of income are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

For questions, help with grant applications, or to discuss your project, contact DVAA. DVAA’s office hours are Tuesdays – Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm.
t. (845) 252-7576

Applicants may also meet with DVAA’s Grants Coordinator or Executive Director. To schedule an appointment, please email

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