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Community Arts Grants Program - Community Projects

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for Public Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology and Education (CREATE) - Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/28/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for public arts projects. All applicants must attend a mandatory seminar before submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects to promote the arts and enhance the cultural climate in the communities and neighborhoods where artists live and operate. Projects must be promoted and remain available to the general public for participation. Activities must take place in one of the following counties: Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie.

Funding Can Support:

  • Artists’ fees for performing, teaching or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Administrative expenses
  • Expendable project-related supplies and materials
  • Project-related travel expenses
  • Project-related rentals of space and equipment
  • NEW: Consumable materials and expendable equipment cannot exceed $1,000 of the budget. (Includes Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning supplies, equipment including software, subscriptions, and training related to the creation and promotion of virtual programming.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186345

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $450 - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The artistic project must take place within the calendar year of 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Art Grants are available to not-for-profit organizations legally registered in one of the eligible counties, and collectives or individuals in partnership with a non-profit through a fiscal sponsorship or community partnership.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants MUST meet ALL of the following criteria
- Applicant must be a legally established Columbia, Greene or Schoharie County based not-for-profit organization or individual/collective with a non-profit community partner or fiscal sponsor.
- Project MUST take place in the county of the applicant’s residence.
- Applicant MUST provide arts and/or cultural programs in the county in which funds are requested.
- Programs and services MUST benefit the residents of your respective county.
- Projects MUST be open to the public and MUST have a strong artistic component.
- The applicant’s programs or projects MUST take place in their respective county during 2021.
- Project MUST NOT duplicate existing programs in the same area.
- The applicant’s programming, administrative practice and Board membership (where applicable) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap. (See also: 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act.)
- Applicant may not receive more than $5,000 in DEC grants per fiscal year.
- New AND returning applicants MUST attend a grant workshop. One-on-one meetings with your coordinator will be available on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

Ineligible to Apply:
- Projects with Direct applicants, or partner organizations who have applied directly to New York State Council on the Arts in 2020 for 2021 funds.
- Any past grantees who have failed to submit a final report to the Grant Coordinator.
- Public school districts, as well as Universities and colleges.
- New York State agencies and departments.

Funding Cannot Support:
- Capital improvements (including land, buildings, renovations), acquisition of works of art, creation of textbooks or classroom materials.
- Anything that extends the life of, or improves the value of, privately-owned property.
- Non-arts related activities, including balloons, clowns, magic, at-risk/social programs, culinary arts, martial arts, or gaming.
- Activities held in private residence, or that are not open to the general public, in-school activities, lobbying expenses, projects that are recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic in nature.
- Organizational or personal finances, operating expenses of privately owned facilities (e.g. homes and studios), start-up funding for the establishment of a new organization, contingency funds.
- Scholarships or fellowships.
- Entertainment costs (including receptions and food, projects that are part of a liturgy or that intend to proselytize, theater parties, museum openings, receptions, fundraising, awards, etc.).
- Fundraising activities.
- Any activity paying children (under 18 years of age).
- “Sip and paint” classes

Pre-proposal Conference:

ALL applicants must attend a seminar to increase chances of a competitive proposal and keep current with new guidelines. Seminars will overview each grant program, application process, and tips on how to create a competitive application. 2021 workshops will be virtual-check the URL for Full Text, below for updates and Zoom links to attend. If you are unable to attend a grant seminar, one-on-one phone meetings can be made on a case-by-case, limited basis.

- August 11th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Schoharie County applicants)
- August 12th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Columbia County applicants)
- August 13th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Greene County applicants)
- September 15th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Columbia County applicants)
- September 16th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Greene County applicants)
- September 17th, 3-5pm. Virtual Grant Seminar (Schoharie County applicants)

Pre-Application Information:

DEC Timeline/Dates to know:
- March – CREATE applies to NYSCA for Decentralization funds.
- June – Applications and related materials are available online for review immediately after NYSCA approval. Grant Coordinators are available for individual meetings.
- July – Applications open online. Grant Coordinators are available for draft review. CREATE begins holding grant seminars, attendance for which is required for ALL applicants (new and returning).
- September – Seminars completed.
- October 28 – Submission Deadline 11:59 PM
- November – Peer Review Panels held.
- December – CREATE Board approves funding recommendations. DEC project period ends December 31st.
- January – Award notifications sent and announced publicly (unawarded applicants may appeal decisions within 10 days of notice). Contracts are sent and must be returned within 30 days of the issue date. Checks are sent once CREATE receives ALL signed contracts and W9s, and grant monies from NYSCA (funds will not be released until all three of these things have happened). DEC project period begins January 1st.
- February – Award Ceremony held tbd.

Applicants may arrange to meet with a Grant Coordinator in person or on the phone in order to review applications or to answer specific questions about the DEC Grants until September 10. These meetings are not meant to review the guidelines. Please review the guidelines and attend a Grant Seminar.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
- Columbia County:
- Greene County:
- Schoharie County:

If you need access to a computer or assistance in completing the online application, contact
Maeve McCool

Greene County Council on the Arts
398 Main Street
PO Box 463
Catskill, NY 12414

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: New York: Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties

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