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Arts for Sullivan Decentralization (DEC) Grants Program for Sullivan County

Grants to Sullivan County, New York Nonprofit Groups and
Municipalities to Support Cultural and Artistic Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA)

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Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $300 to $3,500 to Sullivan County, New York municipalities and nonprofit groups, including libraries, museums, and theaters to support cultural and artistic projects. First-time applicants must attend a workshop or meet with staff prior to submitting an application.

The goals of Arts for Sullivan are to:

  • Support artists in the creation of new work, and enhance artistic visibility and impact;
  • Support non-profit cultural groups in providing year-round, quality programming in all areas of the county, including the recruitment of new artists and groups from minority and underserved areas;
  • Promote communication and understanding between the different facets of the Sullivan County community through arts and culture, and educate community leaders on the grant process and resources available;
  • And support the arts that encourage multi-disciplinary expression and collaboration with other community sectors, such as environmental and heritage groups.

Funding priorities will be given to artists and groups that:

  • Pay a minimum guaranteed artist fee; artist fees paid solely by a share of admissions are not acceptable though a percentage of the admission revenue may supplement the guaranteed;
  • Are dedicated to the development of a wide variety of culturally diverse programming throughout the year;
  • Support new and emerging artists, cultural organizations, and fresh and original works;
  • Support quality programming that enhances underserved or minority constituents and regions of the county, including racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, rural areas, the poor, youth, and the elderly;
  • Support arts that encourage multi-disciplinary expression and collaboration with other community sectors, such as environmental and heritage groups.

What can be funded:

  • Artists’ fees.
  • Marketing and publicity costs directly associated with the requested project.
  • Administrative costs directly associated with the requested project.
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project.
  • Activities and programming of local arts and cultural organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165860

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The minimum funding request and grant is $300 and the maximum is $3,500.
- The average Arts for Sullivan grant in 2019 was $1,005.

Term of Contract:

Programming must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible for funding?
Sullivan County non-profit cultural and artistic groups, such as choral groups, orchestras, theaters, historical societies, libraries, heritage groups, museums, literary groups, galleries, and municipalities, may be eligible for funding.

Individual artists or arts groups that are not incorporated non-profits may apply:
- Directly under this program by partnering with an eligible Sullivan County nonprofit organization as a Fiscal Sponsor (See “Fiscal Sponsorship” on page 7);
- With an eligible Sullivan County community-based Arts Partner organization.

The applicant must:
- Intend to produce work or present cultural programming in Sullivan County between January 1 and December 31, 2020;
- Be legally located in Sullivan County and all activities must take place within Sullivan County;
- Have a board of directors or volunteers who perform board functions;
- Have been in existence for at-least one year and show evidence of fiscal competence;
- Supply evidence of nonprofit status with ONE of the following documents: An IRS letter, a receipt from the Department of State’s Office of Charities Registration, a charter issued by the Board of Regents of New York State an authorization as an arm of local government
- Demonstrate fundraising efforts independent of this grant application;
- Conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, sexual identity, or disability

Who is not eligible for funding?
- Organizations that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2020 funding cycle.
- New York State agencies and departments, including SUNY schools.
- Public universities and colleges.
- Public, private and/or religiously affiliated primary and secondary schools

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants must attend a seminar or schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Grants Coordinator at the DVAA office. All applicants, even those who have received funding in the past, are encouraged to attend grant writing workshops to stay afresh on new developments and receive assistance in honing ideas and projects. Registration is required for each workshop.

Grant application workshops will be held:
- Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6- 7 PM: Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY - Focus on Individual Artist Fellowships
- Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10 – 11 AM: Bethel Council of the Arts, 3575 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY
- Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6 – 7 PM: Ethelbert B. Crawford Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello, NY
- Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10-11AM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd #1, Liberty, NY
- Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1-3PM: Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, NY - Focus on theater, with presentation by Corinne Woods of the Creative Opportunity Fund
- Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6-7PM: Grocery Store Gallery, 62 Main St, Mountaindale, NY

To attend a workshop, please register at

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Application Cycle Timeline
- Application Opens: Saturday, September 16, 2019
- Application Deadline: Friday, November, 1, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)
- Awards Announced: December 2019
- Revised Budget Approval: January 2020
- Grant Award Showcase: May 2020

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the online application system. Hardcopies that are received outside of this system will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender.

Applicants will not be funded without demonstrating some non-grant income and/or substantial in-kind contributions to the project on the budget page.

An organization can apply for up to three requests that, combined, do not exceed $3,500.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application: Available beginning Saturday, September 16, 2019

For workshop registration, grant assistance, or further information, contact DVAA Grants Coordinator at or 845-252-7576.

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