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Grants to New York Artists for the Creation
of New, Community-Based Works of Art

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Tri-County Arts Council

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Deadline Date:

10/14/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to New York artists in eligible counties for the creation of new, community-based works of art. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Eligible expenses include consumable materials and supplies; artist stipend; milage; site preparation; and any other expenses directly related to the planning, creation, and completion of an artistic project. Applicants must be located in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua counties.

Due to the recent needs of organizations and individuals, transitioning to online platforms in light of COVID-19, equipment including: software, subscriptions, and training related to the creation and promotion of the project--especially in the case of virtual programming--will be considered allowable expenses by this grant.

The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project. This can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159309

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded from $1,000-$2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this grant, applicant artists must:
-Currently reside in Cattaraugus, Allegany, or Chautauqua County and have done so for at least one year prior to the application deadline of October 14, 2020.
-Provide proof of residency (copy of Driver’s License or utility bill)
-Maintain a legal mailing address within the county during the grant project.
-Be 18 years of age or older and cannot be enrolled in any degree program.
-Propose a project that takes place entirely and solely within the county you reside.
-Propose a project that takes place between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Funds will not be granted for:
-Projects conducted in any part outside Cattaraugus, Allegany or Chautauqua Counties, (and the county in which you reside).
-Projects which are not open to the public.
-Previous IA recipients are not eligible to re-apply for three years following their grant award.
-Artists who apply directly to NYSCA and Tri-County Arts Council within the same year.
-Projects where the arts are not the main focus.
-Projects by artists who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate art degree program.
-Projects that are currently in any stage of progress. All proposals must be for new work.
-Projects directly connected to the performance of ordinary duties as an employee.
-Capital expenditures or equipment purchases. (HOWEVER, equipment including software, subscriptions, and training related to the creation and promotion of the project--especially in the case of virtual programming--is allowable)
-DEC site staff or board members
-Past re-grantees that have failed to submit final reports
-Operational expenses of privately-owned facilities (home and studios)
-Acquisitions of works of art

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Seminars
All applicants are required to attend one informational seminar or meet with the Grants Administrator individually before applying and at least two weeks (by September 30) before the grant deadline to ensure ample time to prepare the grant.

The free information workshops offer assistance in understanding the grant process, the program guidelines, grant application tips and provide grant writing assistance. All workshop dates and locations will be listed under informational sessions in the GRANT section of Please RSVP for the workshop(s) of your choice by calling Tri-County Arts Council at 716-372-7455, emailing the grants administrator, Kalyn Burgess at, or by signing up for a session on our website at An applicant can attend any of the seminars.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants who intend to submit an application must submit this form at least 3 weeks before the application deadline, no later than September 23, 2020.

The grant application deadline is 4pm on October 14th, 2020. Please call Tri-County Arts Council to ensure your application was received and is complete.

Contact Information:

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

The grant application should be saved in this format: artistname.projecttitle.IA21 and emailed to the DEC Coordinator at
Tri-County Arts Council
110 W. State Street
Olean, NY 14607

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USA: New York: Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua counties

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