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Decentralization Grant Program (DEC) Community Arts Grant

Grants to Delaware County, New York Artists, Collectives,
and Nonprofits for Community Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Roxbury Arts Group and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

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Deadline Date:

11/21/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Delaware County, New York artists, collectives, and nonprofits for community-based arts projects. Applicants must meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used for performances, screenings, festivals, exhibitions, workshop series, and readings. Arts activities must be the primary focus and driving force behind project requests. All projects must be open to the general public to participate.

Community Arts grants constitute the majority of DEC re-grant activity. These grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or artists. Community Arts Grant support enables emerging professional artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities where they live and operate.

Community Arts Grants are intended to assist with:

  • Activities of local arts organizations
  • Artist fees
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program

Goals of the Community Arts Grant Program:

  • Making quality arts programming available to all Delaware County residents and visitors
  • Assisting emerging arts organizations
  • Supporting the cultural expression of Delaware County’s ethnic groups
  • Making arts programming accessible to underserved and minority communities

Funding Priorities for 2020:

  • Creative Placemaking: Creative placemaking animates public and spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
  • New, emerging and grass-roots organizations and projects.
  • Projects that incorporate media arts. (Media arts is defined by all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness of any discipline.)
  • Projects that incorporate photography.
  • Projects that incorporate dance.
  • Projects that incorporate traditional arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158653

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding support to a single applicant cannot exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place in Delaware County between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Arts Grants are awarded for community-based arts activities offered by eligible Delaware County non-profit organizations and individual artists working in partnership with an eligible non-profit organization or through fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.

For details on applicant eligibility requirements and ineligible organizations and projects, see pages 2-5:

This grant program does not fund requests for general operating support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An in-depth review of the guidelines and application will be presented at a series of Grant Information Sessions offered throughout Delaware County. Applicants who are unable to attend a meeting may request a meeting with the Grants & Community Coordinator. The individual responsible for completing the grant application is encouraged to attend.

Grant Information Sessions have been scheduled at the following locations:

- Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St, Sidney, NY, (607) 563-8021.
- Thursday September 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Margaretville Telephone Company Conference Building, 61 Academy St, Margaretville, NY, (845) 586-3311.
- Friday September 13, 2019 4:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve, 404 West Main Street, Hancock, NY, (607) 637-5262.
- Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm Cannon Library, 40 Elm St, Delhi, NY, (607) 746-2662
- Friday September 20, 2019 5:30pm Bushel Artist Collective, 106 Main Street, Delhi, NY, (607-326-7908) Special Individual Artist Session.
- Saturday September 21, 2019 12:00pm Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, (607) 829-5055
- Thursday September 26, 2019 5:30pm Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY, (607) 326-7908
- Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:00pm Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St, Stamford, NY, (607) 652-5001

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants, even those that have received funding in the past, MUST meet with Roxbury Arts Group staff to discuss your project. Failure to do so will render your application ineligible for review/consideration.

The deadline for applications to support projects in 2020 is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Applicants have the opportunity to have a draft reviewed prior to being submitted. Drafts can submitted to Samantha Nick by Email on October 31, 2019 by 4pm for review.

Early submissions are encouraged.

Community Arts Grants are not intended to cover the complete cost of the proposed project. You may apply for a maximum of 75% of the total cost of your proposed project (up to 50% of the project’s total cash expenses). Your project budget must demonstrate that a minimum of 25% of the proposed project income comes from other funding sources.

Contact Information:

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

Samantha Nick

The Roxbury Arts Group
Post Office Box 93
Roxbury, New York 12474

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