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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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Funding Source:

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Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $450 to $3,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and teaching artists and collectives for educational arts activities in Greene, Schoharie, and Columbia Counties. All applicants must attend a seminar. Funding is intended to support in-school, after-school, and community-based programs serving youth and elders.

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.
-Project does not appear to replace the role of a certified K-12 School Teacher
-Project takes place during regular school hours

For list of eligible expenses and income categories, see page 6 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159620

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $450 - $3,000.

Term of Contract:

DEC project period begins January 1 and ends December 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a legally established Columbia, Greene or Schoharie County based not-for-profit organization or individual/collective with a non-profit community partner or fiscal sponsor. Schools may not directly apply for funding. Projects must take place in the county in which they apply.

For additional information about fiscal sponsorship, see page 3 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

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.
-Past grantees who have failed to submit required final reports.

For a list of activities that funding cannot support, see page 5 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

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.

July Workshops:
- July 9, 2019, Schoharie Country, 6:00 - 7:00, Middleburgh Library, Middleburgh
- July 10, 2019, Columbia County, 6:30-7:30, Valatie Community Theater, Valatie
- July 11, 2019, Columbia County, 6:00-7:00, Germantown Library, Germantown
- July 22, 3019, Greene County, 7:00 - 8:00, Cairo Library, Cairo

August Workshops:
- August 5, 2019, Columbia County, 3:00-4:00, Philmont Library, Philmont
- August 6, 2019, Schoharie County, 6:30-7:30 Sharon Springs Library, Sharon Springs
- August 20, 2019, Greene County, 6:00-7:00, Mountain Top Library, Tannersville
- August 22, 2019, Schoharie County, 6:00-7:00, Cobleskill Library, Cobleskill
- August 28, 2019, Greene County, 6:30-7:30, Heermance Library, Coxsackie

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for 2020 applications
- One-on-one meetings: September 6, 2019. One-on-one meetings with your coordinator will be available on a case-by-case basis.
- Draft reviews: September 13, 2019, 11AM
- Final submissions: September 30, 2019, 5PM

Applicants working in a school 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.

Applicants with a Community Partner must provide a Letter of Commitment from the nonprofit Community Partner to the arts organization or artist, signed by the Community Partner and the Applicant. 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.

DEC funds cannot account for any more than 75% of the total expenses.

Contact Information:

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

Greene County online application:

Columbia County online application:

Schoharie Country online application:

Greene County and Columbia County Grants Coordinator

Dennis Shaw, Schoharie Grants Coordinator

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

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