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Community Arts Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Individuals, and Agencies for Community
Arts Programs in Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/15/18 Midnight EST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $300 to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, individuals artists, municipal agencies, libraries, and tribal organizations for community arts initiatives in eligible counties. New applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote arts experiences and programs for the residents of Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

The program is administered 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
- Artists' fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
- Marketing/publicity costs
- Direct administrative expenses (should compose no more than one-half of grant request)
- Expendable project-related supplies and materials
- Project-related travel expenses
- Project-related rentals of space and equipment

Applications will be evaluated on:

Artistic Merit
- Quality of artistic samples and credentials of the artists involved in the project
- Innovation of arts experiences
- Diversity of arts experiences

Community Benefit
- Service to an under-served area
- Cooperation with local artists and organizations
- Cultural diversity in programming
- Consideration of community needs and interests
- Accessibility (financial and physical)
- Non-duplication of comparable existing services or programs

Capacity to Conduct the Project
- Clearly defined objectives, and a robust plan for implementation, management and promotion of the project
- Record of programmatic success
- Reasonable estimation of expenses
- Reasonable cost-benefit ratio for number of participants/audience members

Local Funding Priorities
- Actively engaging community members in public arts experiences (instead of arts experiences where community members are only passive observers)
- Projects that actively engage children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173939

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable project request is $5,000, and the minimum is $300. Applicants may submit up to three separate project requests in a grant cycle, with the total of all requests not to exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply:

- Individual artists, at least 18 years old at the time of application, living in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County, who apply with an eligible municipality, library, or non-profit.
- Municipalities, libraries, and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, 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.
- Governmental or quasi-governmental entities, or tribal organizations.
- Eligible municipalities, libraries, and non-profits may use their eligibility status to assist as many non-eligible individual artists or organizations to apply as they have the capacity to work with; the three-application/$5,000 limit does not apply. These eligible applicants may simultaneously submit grant requests on behalf of their own organization and assist others - the additional applications will not count towards their $5,000 maximum.

Not Eligible to Apply:

- DEC 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

Not fundable:

- Activities that take place in a different county from where the grant check is being sent
- Projects involving partners that apply directly to NYSCA, or projects in which a NYSCA grantee profits or handles ticketing, or serves as a community partner or fiscal sponsor
- Non arts-related activities: Galas, benefits or fundraising events, including food, entertainment and reception costs; Entertainment (includes balloons, clowns, magic, culinary or martial arts, gaming, “sip and paint,” and puppets or circuses lacking strong artistic merit); Projects that are recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or religious in nature (includes at-risk/social service programs when the purpose is primarily for rehabilitation, therapy or worship)
- Non-ADA compliant venues
- Permanent things: Equipment; capital improvements (includes land, buildings, renovations); anything which extends the life of or improves the value of privately-owned property; acquisition of works of art; creation of textbooks or classroom materials
- Activities not open to the general public (includes camps, clubs, college associations, etc.); in-school activities and programs; lobbying expenses; events that take place in a private residence
- Assignments used for college or university study to earn academic credit
- Organization or personal finances: General operating expenses; operating expenses of privately owned facilities (includes homes and studios); start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization; contingency funds (funds reserved for emergencies or unexpected outflows, mainly economic crises); requests which, when added to other income sources, will equal more than the total project expenses
- Awards: Competitions or contests (includes cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, educational scholarships, and other awards to students); regrants by applicants to fund other activities
- Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee); projects which are part of a liturgy, or which intend to proselytize

Pre-proposal Conference:

Free informational workshops are scheduled every summer throughout the tri-county area. The workshops are designed to help individuals and organizations learn how to apply for Community Arts funding and also contain information about any changes to the grants process or paperwork since the previous year. In addition, they provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations. First-time applicants must attend a workshop in 2018 before submitting an application for a 2019 grant; returning applicants are encouraged to attend.

For the online Workshop Registration:

Thursday, July 26, 2:00 – 3:30
Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce
16 Church St.

Monday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:30
Hepburn Library of Edwards
205 Main St.

Thursday, August 2, 5:00 – 6:30
North Country Arts Council
52 Public Square

Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30
Ogdensburg Public Library
312 Washington St. (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30
Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington St. (Community Room)

Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:30
Canton Free Library
8 Park St. (Paige Room)

Tuesday, August 21, 11:00 – 12:30
Lewis County Historical Society
7552 South State St.

Thursday, August 23, 11:00 - 12:30
Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington St.

Pre-Application Information:

For projects in 2019, a complete application, with a balanced project budget and all supporting materials, must be received by September 15, 2018, Midnight EST.

Applicants are encouraged to ask for free help:
1) During a scheduled workshop
2) By calling or e-mailing SLC Arts with questions
3) By scheduling an appointment to meet with SLC Arts staff in person to review an application

Before the application deadline, applicant coordinators may contact the Grant Coordinator, Alicia Murphy, for questions about the grant or for one-on-one assistance and support with the application process. Organizations who are thinking about applying for the first time are requested to call SLC Arts to discuss their ideas.

There is no limit on the amount which may be spent on a project – only on the amount which may be requested from this grant to help meet project expenses.

The Community Arts Grant may fund up to 75% of total cash expenses. At least 25% of financial support (cash match) for the proposed project must come from another income source besides this grant. Contributions of goods or services (known as in-kind donations) are encouraged, but in-kind support does not count as an income source.

Applicants will be notified by mail after the panel review and board approval process is complete. This usually occurs in December.

For grant application information:

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

For assistance with the application process, applicants should contact:

Alicia Murphy
Grant Coordinator

St. Lawrence County Arts Council
41 Elm Street, Room 124
PO Box 252
Potsdam, NY

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Geographic Focus:

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