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Decentralization Grants - Community Arts Grants (CAG)

Grants to New York Artists, Nonprofits, and Agencies for
Arts Projects and Programs that Engage the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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CNY (Central New York) Arts and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Deadline Date:

09/12/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York artists, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in eligible counties for arts projects and programs that engage the community. The purpose of the program is to allow the community an opportunity to engage with the arts. Eligible projects must take place in one of the following counties: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties.

Emphasis is placed on the demonstrated quality and artistic merit of proposed projects, thoughtful project planning, and the depth and authenticity of audience participation with clear plans to reach the public. 

Program Priorities

  • New or pilot projects from returning grantees
  • Growth or expansion in existing projects from returning applicants or grantees
  • Projects from first time applicants
  • Projects from applicants that have not received consecutive funding in the past two years
  • Fees or compensation paid to artists or artistic groups 

Eligible Expenses

Please remember this DEC is designed to be a project support grant program. All expenses must be related to supporting a specific project:

  • Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Equipment Purchases less than $1,000 in total
  • Marketing and publicity costs
  • Project-related administrative expenses
  • Expendable, project-related supplies and materials (not including food and drink)
  • Project-related travel expenses (not including out-of-state travel)
  • Project-related rental costs for space and equipment
  • Project-related technical fees 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162447

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: $500 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1 - December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Must be residents of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties.
- Must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place.
- Can be nonprofit organizations; New York State incorporated nonprofit organizations; or local (not state) government agencies.
- Can be individual artists, groups, or collectives; or unincorporated entities with an eligible Fiscal Sponsor or Community Based Partner in the same county as where the project will take place.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Public, private, or parochial secondary and elementary schools and districts.
- Departments or agencies of New York State (this includes BOCES and SUNY Schools).
- Applicants with outstanding final reports or open contracts from CNY Arts grants.
- Applicants outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor.
- Organizations or individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2021 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC and the A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (Opportunity to Create). These organizations may also not serve as fiscal sponsors or community partners.

For information on ineligible expenses, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Second Application Deadline: September 12, 2021, by 11:59 PM

Applications for the Community Arts Grant and the two other DEC Grants are being accepted on a rolling basis. If you have already applied during the first application period (before July 31), please do not apply a second time.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Brian Hyunsuk Lee, Regrants Program Officer | (315) 435-2126

Elizabeth Lane, Director of Grants: | (315) 435-2158

CNY Arts
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-2155

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties

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