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Grants to New York Nonprofits and Teaching Artists for
Arts Education in Greene, Schoharie, and Columbia Counties

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Greene County Council on the Arts

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Deadline Date:

09/30/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $450 to $3,000 to New York nonprofits and teaching artists partnering with nonprofits for educational arts activities in Greene, Schoharie, and Columbia Counties. Mandatory seminar sessions are scheduled during July through September. This program will support in-school, after-school, and community-based programs serving youth and elders.

NYSCA’s Decentralization grant program is a statewide effort providing local support for widespread participation in community arts and arts in education initiatives, supporting partnerships between teaching artists or cultural organizations and schools that focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process in all disciplines.

Program Eligibility:
-Minimum of THREE sequential, skill based learning sessions incorporating one or more art forms, with the same core group of students/participants.
-In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
-Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning.
-Funds should primarily be directed toward artist fees, but may include administrative support, cost of materials, and support for participant scholarships.
-Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes.
-A means of programmatic evaluation.

Review Criteria:
-Quality of expertise and appropriateness of artists.
-Clarity and appropriateness of educational and artistic goals.
-Desired participant outcomes.
-Clarity, appropriateness and feasibility of evaluation plans.
-Thoroughness of proposed budget.

In-school Criteria:
-Degree to which the project will support New York State Learning Standards and enhance learning in arts.
-Degree to which teachers will participate in the project planning and implementation.

K-12 In-School Additional Criteria:
-Projects must take place during regular school hours.
-Activities are collaboratively planned and evaluated by the participating artist and teacher. -Projects must address the New York State Learning Standards for the arts.
-Projects must not appear to replace the role of certified K-12 School Teachers.

After School and Community Based Learning Additional Criteria:
-Cultural organizations must provide evidence of locally registered nonprofit status.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159620

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $450 - $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a legally established Columbia, Greene or Schoharie County based not-for-profit organization or individual teaching artist or collective with an (in-county) nonprofit community partner (proof of residence must include a physical address). Schools may not directly apply for funding.

Artists must be over the age of 18.

This program does not fund:
-Projects involving home schools, private or parochial schools.
-Stand-alone assembly programs, single performances, or one-time visits to cultural institutions.
-Out of county field trips.
-Programs for which selected k-12 students are taken out of regular classes or are self- selected for participation.
-College-level courses, contests, or student performing groups.
-Direct NYSCA applicants are ineligible for an Arts Education Partnership grant in the same year.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants must attend a seminar to increase chances of a competitive proposal and keep current with new guidelines.

Please note that you must attend a workshop in the county in which your project takes place.

Workshop dates, times, and venues are found under Supporting Documents in the Guidelines.

Pre-Application Information:

K-12 In-School applicants must provide a Letter of Commitment from School partner(s) to the arts organization or artist, signed by Principle, on letterhead. The Letter must outline the School’s support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and include anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved.

After School and Community Based Learning applicants must provide a Letter of Commitment from the nonprofit Community Partner partner(s) to the arts organization or artist, signed by Director or Principle on letterhead. The Letter must outline the organization's support of the project (monetarily or otherwise) and include anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. See samples online.

Application drafts may be reviewed until September 14 at 11:00 AM.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Greene and Columbia Counties:

Margaret Uhalde
(518) 943-3400

Greene County Council on the Arts
ATTN: Margaret Uhalde
398 Main Street
PO Box 463
Catskill, NY 12414

Schoharie County:

Renee Nied
(518) 788-7265

Grant Coordinator
PO Box 555
Cobleskill, NY 12043

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties

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