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2021 Arts Cycle

Grants to New York Nonprofit Arts Organizations and Councils
for Organizational Support and Programming in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to New York nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and councils for organizational support and arts programming in eligible counties. Applicants are required to submit an online LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for capacity building, operating support, season or performance support, capital projects, and programs. Eligible organizations are located in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties.

Types of Support Available:
  • Program – Programs that address a specific, demonstrated community need or interest. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that improve access and participation in the arts by underserved communities.
  • Capital – Proposals for property purchase, equipment purchase, facilities improvement, and capital campaigns. A minimum of 2 estimates must accompany a capital request.
  • Season or Performance Support – Proposals to underwrite a venue’s season or a specific performance will be considered through this opportunity. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting seasons that demonstrate a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of underserved/underperformed artists.
  • Operating Support – Through this opportunity, the foundation considers requests for short-term assistance that will improve long-term sustainability.
  • Capacity Building – Proposals that build organizational capacity. Of particular interest are proposals that build the organizations capacity to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion in both operations and programming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182977

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award will be $5,001 and the maximum award will be $20,000. If your request is for $5,000 or under, please utilize the Small Grants Program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)(3) where a grant will benefit significantly (but not necessarily exclusively) residents of the Foundation’s service area: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and/or Tioga counties. Organizations requiring a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor may be eligible to apply.

This opportunity is meant for organizations whose primary purpose is for the practice, performance and interpretation of the arts. As such, we will accept applications from theatres, arts councils, museums, non-profit galleries and performing arts organizations. This is not an opportunity for other types of organizations that might want to add an arts component to their existing programming.

What the Foundation does not consider requests for:
- Funding to reimburse an organization for costs that were incurred prior to the date the grant was awarded
- Funding to pay existing mortgages
- Grants to individual artists
- Funding for religious purposes

Pre-proposal Conference:

Jan 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This workshop is designed to orient applicants to the Community Foundation for South Central NY's grant process. Participants will learn about all of the grant opportunities being offered in 2021. They will also be given a behind-the-scenes look at how applications are reviewed and receive important tips on what to include (and not to include!) in their application to make sure it is the best that it can be.

Workshop application link:

Pre-Application Information:

For 2021 we will use an expanded Letter of Intent (LOI.) Note: There will be only one cycle for Arts funding during 2021.
- LOI Submission Deadline: Tuesday February 23, 2021
- Application (If Invited) Submission Deadline: Monday March 29, 2021

- Inquiries and applications to the Foundation's granting programs can now be completed on-line. If you do not have access to a computer, or if you do not feel comfortable with your on-line application skill-level, please contact Tina Barber, Program Officer. Please do not submit a paper application unless you have been instructed to do so after speaking with Tina.
- Unless you’ve been instructed to by the Program Officer, please do not submit an application that has previously been declined.
- To support the need for their project, applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize and specifically reference information in the foundation’s regional need assessments for the arts which is located on the Foundation's website:

Learn how to create an account for your organization:

Learn how to start an application:

To make an inquiry to the Arts Cycle:

Contact Information:

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

To create an account:

Tina Barber, Program Officer

Community Foundation for South Central New York
520 Columbia Drive
Johnson City, NY 13790
(607) 772-6773
Fax (607) 722-6752

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