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2019 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

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/29/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to New York nonprofits, 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 2019 calendar year are eligible. Examples of previously funded projects include public art installations, workshops, musical and theatrical productions, poetry readings, and folk art workshops.

Grants are awarded via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:
- Artistic and/or Cultural Merit
- Feasibility
- Community Importance
- Involvement of Qualified Artists
- Marketing and 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 must be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

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

A community-based nonprofit partner is required to provide a letter of commitment outlining the scope of the partnership and each partner’s investment (in-kind and/or cash) towards the project. In this case, the applicant will be responsible for receiving award funds. Fiscal sponsors must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as non-profit applicants and will be responsible for receiving and distributing award funds to their sponsored organization.

Fiscal sponsors and community partners must be located in the county where the activity is taking place. A direct applicant to NYSCA cannot serve as a community partner or fiscal sponsor, however, a direct applicant to NYSCA can be used as a venue location. A fiscal sponsor can also apply for a Community Arts grant.

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

- Applied directly to NYSCA in 2018, 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 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, 2019
- 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
- Underwrites major equipment purchases

Pre-proposal Conference:

New applicants are required to participate in an in-person or online webinar. Returning applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an in-person or online webinar, as grant components and requirements may change from year to year.

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5:30 pm—6:30 pm
Tioga County Council on the Arts, 179 Front St, Owego, NY

Tuesday, September 04, 2018, 3:00 pm—4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 05, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am
Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901

Friday, September 07, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza #101, Corning, NY 14830

Monday, September 10, 2018, 3:00 pm—4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:00 pm—2:00 pm
Franklin Street Gallery, 203 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am

Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, 21 William St, Hammondsport, NY 14840

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Southern Tier Library System, 9424 Scott Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00 pm—5:00 pm

Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Community Arts of Elmira, 413 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901

Monday, September 24, 2018, 10:00 am—11:00 am

Seminar and webinar schedule:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Monday, October 29, 2018. Applications are submitted online through the online application system.

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.

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.

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.

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

Successful applicants will receive their funds once a signed acceptance agreement is returned. Email is preferred.

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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, Grants Manager
607-962-1332 x205

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties