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Decentralization Grants - Individual Artist Commissions (IAC)

Grants to New York Artists in Eligible
Counties for New Original Artistic Works

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 $2,500 to New York individual artists in eligible counties for new original artistic works. Applicants must attend an information session or contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Eligible applicants are those located in the following counties: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego.

The CNY Arts Individual Artist Commissions program represents a “live and work” investment in local artists. These commissions support local, artist-initiated projects to create new works that demonstrate strong artistic merit in a community setting.

The commissioned project must take place in the same county in which the applicant permanently resides. 

Individual Artist Commissions are intended for creative, professional artists—such as composers, choreographers, writers, and visual artists—who create original work. Commissions are not intended for artists in interpretive works—e.g. a dancer or actor performing an existing play or ballet. Artists at all career stages and of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project. This can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. 

Program Priorities

  • Projects that engage communities that are underserved or have limited access to the arts
  • New projects that have not previously received funding
  • Projects that demonstrate artistic excellence 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162448

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: $1,000 - $2,500

Term of Contract:

The commissioned project must take place between January 1 to December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and permanently reside in the same county the proposed activity will take place. Applicants may not be enrolled in a full-time degree seeking program of any kind.

Multiple artists may partner or collaborate to complete the project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Dates/Locations for Seminars & Webinars have yet to be determined. Please check back at the URL for Full Text link listed below soon.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Applications for the Individual Artist Commission 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.

All individual artist commission applicants MUST attend an information seminar or webinar or meet with a staff member of CNY Arts.

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 H. Lee
Regrants Program Officer
Phone: (315) 435-2126

Elizabeth Lane
Director of Programs
Phone: (315) 435-2158

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties

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