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Decentralization Grant Program (DEC) Arts Education Grant

Grants to Delaware County, New York Artists, Nonprofits,
and Schools for Collaborative Arts Learning Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Roxbury Arts Group and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/21/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Delaware County, New York artists partnering with nonprofit cultural organizations or public schools for arts learning projects for all ages. Applicants must meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Eligible projects may be based in K-12 in-school and after-school settings or in the community at large.

Arts Education funds serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environment for all ages within three funding strands: In-School Projects, AfterSchool Learning, and Community-Based Learning. For more information on each of these categories, see page 1 of the Guidelines document below. 

Regardless of which option you choose, projects must provide:

  • Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions
  • In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities
  • Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations
  • Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes and a means for evaluation¬†

Eligible projects must

  • Serve students in grades K-12 or specified group of people (i.e. Senior Citizen group)
  • Take place during the regular school day (for K-12 In-School programs)
  • Involve at least three contact sessions between the same teaching artists, school teachers (if applicable), and group of students.
  • Be designed, planned, taught, and evaluated by the participating teacher(s), teaching artist(s), and/or other school and community members

Funding Priorities for 2020:

  • Creative Placemaking: Creative placemaking animates public and spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
  • New, emerging and grass-roots organizations and projects.
  • Projects that incorporate media arts. (Media arts is defined by all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness of any discipline.)
  • Projects that incorporate photography.
  • Projects that incorporate dance.
  • Projects that incorporate traditional arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162461

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding support to a single applicant cannot exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place in Delaware County between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Education Grants must be submitted by the teaching artist(s) or partnering non-profit organization. School partners cannot apply directly for Arts Education Grant funds.

- Applicant must be based in Delaware County
- Lead teaching artist must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.
- Sponsoring organizations (if applicable) must be a non-profit, located in Delaware County.
- Sponsoring organizations must have a board of directors or a governing body that meets to determine and review policy.
- Partnering organizations must conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual
orientation or disability.

This grant program does not fund requests for general operating support.

For further eligiblity information and a list of ineligible projects, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

An in-depth review of the guidelines and application will be presented at a series of Grant Information Sessions offered throughout Delaware County. Applicants who are unable to attend a meeting may request a meeting with the Grants & Community Coordinator. The individual responsible for completing the grant application is encouraged to attend.

Grant Information Sessions have been scheduled at the following locations:

- Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St, Sidney, NY, (607) 563-8021.
- Thursday September 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Margaretville Telephone Company Conference Building, 61 Academy St, Margaretville, NY, (845) 586-3311.
- Friday September 13, 2019 4:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve, 404 West Main Street, Hancock, NY, (607) 637-5262.
- Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm Cannon Library, 40 Elm St, Delhi, NY, (607) 746-2662
- Friday September 20, 2019 5:30pm Bushel Artist Collective, 106 Main Street, Delhi, NY, (607-326-7908) Special Individual Artist Session.
- Saturday September 21, 2019 12:00pm Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, (607) 829-5055
- Thursday September 26, 2019 5:30pm Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY, (607) 326-7908
- Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:00pm Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St, Stamford, NY, (607) 652-5001

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants, even those that have received funding in the past, MUST meet with Roxbury Arts Group staff to discuss your project. Failure to do so will render your application ineligible for review/consideration.

The deadline for applications to support projects in 2020 is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Applicants have the opportunity to have a draft reviewed prior to being submitted. Drafts can be submitted to Samantha Nick by Email on October 31, 2019 by 4pm for review.

Early submissions are encouraged.

Arts Education Grants are not intended to cover the complete cost of the proposed project. You may apply for a maximum of 50% of the total cost of your proposed project. Your project budget must demonstrate that a minimum of 50% of the proposed project income comes from other funding sources.

The Roxbury Arts Group can assist with introducing artists, non-profit organizations, and school educators to help facilitate collaborations.

Contact Information:

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

Samantha Nick

The Roxbury Arts Group
Post Office Box 93
Roxbury, New York 12474

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