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Grants to New York Artists in Eligible Counties for Community-Based Arts Initiatives

Individual Artist Grant


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Funding Source
New York State Council on the Arts
St. Lawrence County Arts Council and The Office Of The Governor
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties

Important Dates
Conference Date: 02/27/24
Deadline: 03/01/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,500 to New York artists in eligible counties for public arts activities that engage the local community. Applicants must attend an informational workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to support new and original work that engages a segment of the community through a public program and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process. Eligible applicants live in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County.

The Individual Artist Grant represents a “live & work” investment in local artists. They are designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity, and to highest the role of artists as important members of the community. These grants are intended to support creative artists (not interpretive), in the creation of new
work. Community engagement is an essential element of this grant opportunity. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as a public exhibition or performance, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Artists' fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Supplies, materials, equipment, software, subscriptions and training needed for the execution of the proposed project, not to exceed $1,000 (ie: art supplies, sheet music, hardware, flash drives, training tools, etc.)
  • Project-related travel expenses within the state of New York
  • Project-related rentals of space and equipment


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible to apply:
- Individual artists, living in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County, at least 18 years of age at the time of application. Funded activities MUST take place in the same county.
- Individuals applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome, are NOT eligible to apply.
- Previous recipients who have failed to comply with contracts, final reports or other documentation may be ineligible for funding.
- Applicants must not be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program

Pre-Proposal Conference
This year, all applicants will be required to attend an info session or meet with the Grants and Services Manager before submitting an application.

- Thursday, January 04, 12:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Tuesday, January 09, 11:00am: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Saturday, January 13, 11:00am: Flower Memorial Library, South Reading Room; 229 Washington Street, Watertown.
- Wednesday, January 17, 11:00am: Brave DIY Studio; 5406 Shady Avenue, Lowville
- Monday, January 22, 3:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday, January 24, 6:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Friday, January 26, 9:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Tuesday, January 30, 11:00am: Thousand Islands Arts Council; 314 John Street, Clayton
- Wednesday, February 07, 10:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Saturday, February 10, 10:00am: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Monday, February 12, 6:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Thursday, February 15, 9:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday, February 21, 2:00pm: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Tuesday, February 27, 12:00pm: Zoom Meeting

More information and registration links can be found on the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
- A completed application MUST be received by Friday, March 01, 2024, 11:59pm
- Last day to submit applications for feedback: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 4:00pm

ALL applicants MUST attend an info session, or meet with the Grant Coordinator, prior to submitting an application. This includes return applicants.

An applicant may not submit more than one Individual Artist Grant application per grant cycle.

Grant Applicant Resources:

Number of Grants
A maximum of (4) Individual Artist grants may be awarded per county.

Estimated Size of Grant
$1,000 - $2,500

Applicants may submit up to THREE separate grant requests per year, in any combination of categories, the total of which may not exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract
Funded projects must take place January 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions? Please contact the Grants Coordinator at to request a private meeting.

SLC Arts
PO Box 252
Potsdam, NY 13676

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