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2020 Community Arts Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Artists, and Agencies
to Support Arts Activities in the Southern Finger Lakes

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

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Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, agencies, and individual artists to support arts and cultural activities in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties. New applicants are required to participate in an in-person seminar or online webinar. The activities must be accessible to local residents and increase the value of the arts in the community.

Community-focused arts and cultural activities, accessible to the general public, and occurring during the 2020 calendar year are eligible. Examples of previously funded projects include public art installations, workshops, musical and theatrical productions, poetry readings, and folk art workshops. See addendum for more details on project eligibility.

Grants are awarded via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic or Cultural Merit
  • Feasibility
  • Community Importance
  • Involvement of Qualified Artists
  • Local Outreach
  • Accurate & Practical Budget

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159318

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available.

Term of Contract:

Activities and programs that cannot be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following applicants residing in either Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, or Tioga county are eligible to apply for this grant program:
- Nonprofit organization or unit of local government
- Individual artist(s) applying through a fiscal sponsoring nonprofit organization or with a community-based nonprofit partner
- Organizations or groups not yet incorporated applying through a fiscal sponsoring nonprofit organization or with a community-based nonprofit partner

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

- Applied directly to NYSCA in 2019, regardless of funding status
- Failed to submit final reports for past funding
- 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
- Is an individual or unincorporated group not applying through a fiscal sponsor or community partner
- If a new applicant does not attend a required application seminar or webinar
- Does not submit an application and required documents through the online application system
- Is not current or registered in the county where the organization is operating

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.
- Proposes non-arts activities
- Proposes the acquisition of artwork
- Proposes paying children or students (primary, secondary, higher education) as professional artists
- Proposes paying cash prizes or awards
- Proposes paying administrative costs unrelated to the proposed project
- Proposes projects that are intended as recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic
- Proposes activities and programs that cannot be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2020
- Is restricted to the specific membership of an organization
- 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
- Exceeds $5,000
- Exceeds 75% of project budget
- Supports operating, deficit, capital, start-up, capital, or contingency funds not related to the 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

New applicants are required to attend an online webinar or in-person application review session. Returning applications are strongly encouraged to attend as grant programs change from year to year. Advanced registration is required for webinars.

To choose a session and register:

RSVPs to Chris Walters by email are required for in-person application review sessions. In the event less than 3 RSVPs are received, the application review session will be canceled.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, November 1, 2019.

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. Application drafts will be reviewed for clarity and with an eye towards the evaluative criteria, not for copyediting and rewriting.

At the request of an applicant, the Grants Manager can make requested changes to an applicant’s submitted application up until the deadline. After the deadline, no changes can be made and the Grants Manager will not review applications for completeness.

Applicants may submit up to three (3) funding requests in any combination of Community Arts, Teaching Artist, and Individual Artist grants totaling no more than $5,000. 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.

All applicants will receive award notification and feedback via email by the end of December.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Chris Walters, The ARTS Council's Grants Manager & Gallery Curator

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
79 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14830

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