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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Individuals, Agencies, and Libraries for Community Arts Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: New York: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties

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Community Arts Grant

St. Lawrence County Arts Council

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #173939

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, individuals artists, municipalities, libraries, and tribal organizations in eligible counties for community arts initiatives. New applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote public arts experiences and projects for the residents of Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) provides state funding to arts and cultural organizations. The Statewide Community Regrants Program (SCR) was established in 1977 to reach out to communities that might not otherwise be able to access state funds. Local arts agencies, like SLC Arts, help administer the SCR program on a local level to make arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse populations, and to increase the vitality of and livability in local communities and neighborhoods in every county.

Fundable Expenses

  • Activities/projects of local arts organizations, including both live and virtual
  • Artists' fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses (should compose no more than one-half of grant request)
  • Supplies and materials & equipment needed for the execution of the program, not to exceed $1,000 (ie: art supplies, sheet music, hardware, memory cards & other consumable equipment)
  • Project-related travel expenses
  • Project-related rentals of space and equipment

Local Funding Priorities

Special consideration for projects that:

  • Actively engage audience members/participants in creative arts experiences (vs passively observing)
  • Support new initiatives by local artists
  • Are accessible to participants/audience, and may be adaptable to digital format
  • Offer diverse experiences not commonly found in the rural region
  • Present a plan to publicize and promote the project

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• Municipalities, libraries, & 501(c)3 non-profits, incorporated within Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence Counties, established for at least one year, which conduct all activities with non-discriminating practices regarding race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or disability, including all programming activities, administration, and board representation
• Lead applicants must be at least 18 years of age and not enrollected in a full-time undergraduate degree
• Governmental or quasi-governmental entities, or tribal organizations
• Individual artists, groups, collectives and unincorporated organizations may apply through a fiscal sponsor - a municipality, library, or 501(c)3 non-profit organization that meets the eligibility requirements. Lead applicants must be at least 18 years of age and not enrollected in a full-time undergraduate degree program.

The following are not eligible to apply:
- SCR site staff or board members (in this case, SLC Arts)
- New York State agencies and departments (including SUNY schools)
- Public universities and colleges; public, private or parochial secondary and elementary schools, or their components or affiliates
- Unincorporated applicants without an eligible fiscal sponsor or partner organization
- Individuals or organizations, including fiscally-sponsored applicants, applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome
- Individuals or organizations not based in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County, including non-incorporated chapters of organizations whose “parent” is incorporated outside this region
- Previous recipients of this grant who have failed to provide final reports or other documentation, or have failed to comply with previous contracts

For information about ineligible expenses, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

SLC Arts offers free info sessions to help individuals and organizations with the application process and to provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations. Workshops also contain information about any changes to the grants process since the previous year, and provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations.

Please Note: New applicants MUST attend an info session, prior to submitting an application. Return applicants are encouraged to attend.

For a full schedule of workshop dates, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by Thursday, December 15, 2022, 4:00pm.

Applicants may submit up to three separate grant requests in a grant cycle, with the total of all requests not to exceed $5,000.

Applicants will be notified by mail after the panel review and board approval process is complete.

Grant Resources:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Level: $300 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place January 01, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Contact Information:

Apply online:

For more information, please contact Alicia Murphy, Grant Coordinator at

SLC Arts
2 Park Street
Potsdam NY 13676

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