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Arts for Sullivan: 2021 Decentralization Grants Program (DEC)

Grants to New York Nonprofit Groups and Municipalities
in Eligible Areas to Support Cultural and Artistic Projects

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Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA)

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Deadline Date:

12/16/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $3,500 to New York municipalities and nonprofits, including libraries, museums, and theaters, to support cultural and artistic projects in eligible locations. All applicants must attend an online information workshop or contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Sullivan County. Projects can include theatre, music, dance, literary arts, folklore, installation, and visual arts, among other art-forms.

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;
  • Create opportunities for underserved artists and communities
  • Promote communication and understanding between the different facets of the Sullivan County community;
  • 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.
  • Planning and preparation for an event
  • Materials and expendable equipment up to $1,000
  • Equipment, including software, and training related to the creation and promotion of virtual programming
  • 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.

Due to the current public health situation, a portion of each application may now be used toward equipment that enables online programming, for example, toward virtual programming software.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165860

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to three grants that range from $500 to a maximum total ask of $3,500.

The average Arts for Sullivan grant in 2020 was $1,063.

Term of Contract:

Programming must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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;
- 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, 2021;
- 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;
- 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:

A series of free information workshops will be hosted online by DVAA to assist with effective grant writing, creating a budget, generating ideas, finding the silver lining of online presentations, and networking with other artists and organizations.

Workshop registration is required and all applicants—even if you have been a successful grantee previously—must attend one workshop or schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Grants Coordinator via Zoom in order to learn about new developments in the granting process due to Covid-19 and receive assistance in honing ideas and projects.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 12 pm
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Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5 pm
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Pre-Application Information:

The grant application window is October 1 through December 16, 2020, by 11:59 PM EST. All applications must be submitted using the online application system.

2021 Application Cycle Timeline
- Application Opens: Thursday, October 1, 2020
- Application Deadline: December 16, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)
- Awards Announced: December 2020
- Revised Budget Approval: January 2021
- Grant Award Showcase: May 2021

Application information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online from October 1 at

Direct questions to:
Laura Moran, DVAA Grants Coordinator
845-252-7576 x 1004

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 170
37 Main Street
Narrowsburg, NY 12764

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