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Teaching Artists’ Fund

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Individuals in
Eligible Counties to Support Arts Education Initiatives

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/17 Midnight EST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $300 to $5,000 to New York individual artists, nonprofits, and collectives in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties for arts education programs for K-12 public school students and in community settings. Workshops will be held July 25 and August 1, 10, and 12, 2017. New applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application.

Teaching Artists’ Fund projects focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. The Teaching Artists’ Fund offers two funding strands:
- K-12 In-School Projects: Individual artists, nonprofit organizations or unincorporated organizations work in partnership with public schools to engage K-12 public school students in rich, artistic learning experiences during school hours. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, but not required.
- After-School and Community-Based Learning: Individual artists, nonprofit organizations or unincorporated organizations work in partnership with community partner, in an after-school or community-based setting, to provide rich, artistic learning experiences to youth, seniors, and learners of all ages.

Funding is intended primarily for artists' fees, but may also include administrative costs needed for the execution of the program (maximum of 25% of request), and expendable supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173940

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable project request is $5,000, and the minimum is $300.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Individual artists, at least 18 years old, living in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County, who partner with a public school or community-based partner in the same county where they live.
- Non-profits, unincorporated organizations, or collectives within Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County for at least one year, which partner with a public school or community-based partner in the same county where they are located.

Not Eligible to Apply
- Individuals or arts organizations applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome; DEC site staff or board members (in this case SLC Arts)
- Individuals or arts organizations not based in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County.
- 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
- 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
- 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:

SLC Arts offers free training workshops to help individuals and organizations learn how to apply to the Teaching Artists’ Fund, and to provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations. These workshops also contain information about any changes to the grants process or paperwork since the previous year.

First-time applicants must attend a workshop in 2017 to apply for a 2018 grant; returning applicants are encouraged to attend. Participants should register in advance by contacting SLC Arts. The workshops are held in various locations around Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

Grant Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 – 12:30
Arts Association of Northern New York
119 West Main Street; Sackets Harbor

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 – 12:30
Northern New York Philanthropy Center
131 Washington Street, Watertown (Room 4)

Thursday, August 10, 2:00 – 3:30
Lyons Falls Library
3918 High Street; Lyons Falls

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 – 11:30
St. Lawrence County Arts Council
41 Elm Street, Room 125; Potsdam

Pre-Application Information:

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

Teaching Artists’ Fund grants may fund up to 50% of a project’s total cash expenses, but never more than 75% of total cash expenses. At least 25% of financial support 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.

Watch a 20 minute video on applying for grants from SLC Arts:

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.

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

Contact Information:

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

Register for the grant workshops:

Apply online:

Alicia Murphy, Regrants & Community Engagement Coordinator

SLC Arts
PO Box 252; 41 Elm St. Potsdam NY 13676

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Geographic Focus:

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