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Long Island (LI) Arts Grants - Decentralization Grants (DEC)

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and Artists
for Arts Programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Huntington Arts Council (HAC)

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Deadline Date:

09/20/19 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 and grants of $2,500 to New York nonprofit organizations, agencies, individual artists, and artists collectives for arts programs and projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory grant workshop. Emphasis is placed on the artistic merit and quality of proposed projects and the depth and authenticity of audience experience, participation, and engagement.

General program goals are to reach new and diverse audiences and to create accessible projects at affordable pricing to serve the general public.

1) Creative Individual ($2,500) - Only individual artists may apply. Creative Individual Grant supports local, artist-initiated activity, and highlights the role of artists as important members of the community. The grant is targeted to support artists who have projects that embrace outstanding artistic merit, which involves the community during their creative process. This grant is intended to engage artists creating new, original work (composers, musicians, writers, visual artists, etc.). Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply. They are not intended for interpretive work or artists presenting existing work. The grant is open to all disciplines:
- Visual Arts: Painter, Sculptor, Installation Artist, Photographer, Printmaker
- Literary Arts: Poet, Novelist, Playwright
- Music: Composer, Musician
- Performance Arts: Choreographer
- Media: Filmmaker, Video Artist

2) Creative Communities ($500 - $5,000) - Creative Communities Grant provides grants to non-profit organizations, or an individual artist partnering with a nonprofit organization, for arts and cultural projects and activities that enable Nassau and Suffolk communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts.

3) Creative Learning ($500 - $5,000) - Creative Learning is designed to support arts education projects in K-12 public schools, after-school settings, and partnerships with community-based organizations (ex: senior centers, etc.). This funding is designed to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led instruction both in and outside the school setting. These grants are meant to build the capacity of local artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing public school-aged students, adults, and seniors in high-quality artistic learning experiences. The project can take place at a Suffolk or Nassau County public school during the school day, at an after-school program, or at a community center. Program priorities:
- School districts or community centers in low-income areas
- Collaborative and intergenerational projects
- Projects involving students or adults with special needs
- Underserved/Underrepresented populations

Eligible Expenses:
This is a project support grant program; all expenses should be related to supporting a specific project.
- Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
- Marketing/publicity costs
- Direct administrative expenses related to the proposed projects
- Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
- Project-related travel expenses
- Project-related rental of space and equipment
- Project-related technical fee

Specific program requirements can be found in the respective Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175451

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Creative Communities: $500 - $5,000
- Creative Learning: $500 - $5,000
- Creative Individual: $2,500

Term of Contract:

The project period is January 1 – December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that applicant eligibility can vary slightly from program to program:

Eligible Applicants:
- Must have a permanent address in the same county as the proposed project
- Nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not NYS agencies).
- Individual artists, groups, or collectives, unincorporated entities must have a fiscal sponsor or community partner.
- Must be 18 years of age at the time of application

Ineligible Applicants:
- Public universities or colleges.
- Private, parochial, charter, or home schools.
- Public school districts and their affiliates or components. (PTAs may apply only if they have their own nonprofit status and provide cultural services for the community at large unrelated to the regular school program.).
- New York State agencies, departments, and municipalities for either local townships or Nassau and Suffolk Counties (this includes BOCES).
- Applicants living outside the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor.
- Organizations or Individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2018 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC.
- Unincorporated applicants without an eligible sponsor or partner organization (Exception: Individual Artist category).
- Projects involving partners that apply directly to NYSCA (May not use DEC funds to pay partners who have applied directly to NYSCA).
- Applicants with outstanding final reports for a previous grant cycle

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Specific eligibility requirements for each program can be found in their respective Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at one of the nine workshops is mandatory for all prospective applicants, regardless of prior grant experience.

July 25th at 6 PM – Huntington Arts Council
July 29th at 2 PM – Westbury Arts at Westbury Village Hall
July 30th at 6 PM – Patchogue Arts Council
August 1st at 6 PM – African American Museum of Nassau County
August 6th at 6 PM – Smithtown Library
August 8th at 6 PM – Freeport Memorial Library
August 9th at 6 PM – East End Arts Council
August 12th at 6 PM – Port Washington Public Library
August 15th at 6 PM – Huntington Public Library

More information about workshops may be found here:

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applications will be available online upon the conclusion of the final workshop on August 15th.
- Applications are due by September 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
- Panels meet to review applications (October - November 2019)
- HAC Board of Director approves panel recommendations (November 2019)
- Grant awards announced (November - December 2019)
- Contracts distributed (December 2019 - January 2020)
- 2019 Funded Projects Begin (January 1 - December 31, 2020)
- NYSCA Funding arrives & disbursed (typically January - March 2020)

Grant applications must be submitted online through Submittable, an electronic form submission portal.

- Organizations may apply for up to 3 projects; however, the sum total of requests may not exceed $5,000. Organizations may apply for a Creative Communities project grant and also serve as a fiscal sponsor or community partner for an individual artist, but the sum of total requests cannot exceed $5,000.

- Creative Learning will not award funding for more than 70% of an applicants’ total expenses for In-School projects. Creative Learning will not award funding for more than 70% of an applicant’s total expenses for After-School or Community-based Center projects.

- Creative Communities award will not fund more than 70% of an applicants’ total expenses. Creative Communities applicants are required to provide a match of funds, which may be a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, representing 30% of the total project expenses budget.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Emily Dowd, Grants for the Arts Coordinator

Huntington Arts Council
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 271-8423

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Nassau and Suffolk counties