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Dutchess Partners in the Arts (DPA) Grant

Grants to New York Arts Nonprofits to Support
Arts Programming and Capacity-Building Efforts

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Arts Mid-Hudson (AMH) - Dutchess County Funds

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03/23/21 Midnight


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $7,500 to New York nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations to support arts programming and capacity-building efforts. Funding supports programs that attract tourists and online audiences and that engage local residents in high-quality arts and cultural programming. Applicants must be located in, and/or serving residents and visitors of, Dutchess County.

Arts Mid-Hudson (AMH) takes a lead role in equitably distributing Dutchess County arts and cultural funds to Dutchess County arts organizations so that both residents and visitors to the region can enjoy a rich offering of arts. AMH is pleased to partner with arts organizations to support capacity-building initiatives and implement arts offerings. AMH seeks partners that have a history of achievement in the arts, good management, stable finances, and self-sustaining programs with the potential to make a measurable impact. In 2021, AMH looks forward to supporting partner organizations that are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic with innovative programming which engages Dutchess County residents and visitors.

Capacity Building Initiative

Capacity Building Initiatives support eligible nonprofit arts organizations in efforts to grow, expand, or improve their work. Eligible Capacity Building Initiatives include:

  • Administrative: Technology or equipment upgrades; New or expanded staff positions; Consultant fees for activities such as strategic planning, board development, or marketing; Capital improvements; Initiatives that enhance current programming in a significant manner
  • Audience development
  • Marketing strategies with print, broadcast, or electronic media
  • Other activities which increase participation in the arts by residents and visitors to Dutchess County

Programmatic Support

Arts Mid-Hudson invites arts partners who are holding arts and cultural events in Dutchess County to apply for this funding. The objective of this category is to provide services throughout Dutchess County that may have a measurable impact on tourism, engage local residents, and/or contribute to the vibrant arts ecosystem.

Eligible Programmatic Support requests may include:

  • Arts exhibitions
  • Performances such as concerts and live theater
  • Presentations such as film screenings or readings
  • Arts and/or cultural festivals
  • Virtual Programming
  • All funded projects must comply with NYS guidance and laws related to COVID-19.

Expense Priorities:

  • Artist fees
  • Marketing expenses
  • Consumable art supplies and materials
  • Efforts to increase accessibility to arts programming

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187171

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Capacity Building Initiative Range of Awards: $2,500 - $7,500
- Programmatic Support Range of Awards: $500 - $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants for Capacity Building Initiative:
- All applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which identifies the arts and/or cultural services as a primary activity in the organization’s mission
- Nonprofit arts organizations incorporated in Dutchess County
- Nonprofit arts organizations which have a long term lease or own a building in Dutchess County
a) Applicants must supply proof with application, along with a statement regarding any liens against the building, judgments, or pending lawsuits
b) Applicants only meeting this criterion may only apply for Capacity Building Initiatives that occur in and are directly related to Dutchess County
- Organizations must have at least three (3) years of programming history in order to apply for funding
- All nonprofits applying must have a board of directors and a board approved non-discrimination policy in order to be eligible for funding.

Applications will be considered from partners that have a track record of superior quality work in Dutchess County, receive notable awards, have prestige and industry reputation, and demonstrate the ability to manage logistics and deadlines effectively are among the most successful submissions. A key component to successful partnerships in this funding program is the ability to report reliable statistics, marketing results, and accurate outcomes.

AMH strives toward broad inclusion and true access to arts and cultural programming for all. AMH encourages thoughtful outreach to and efforts to seek input from all groups in the region and specific outreach and inclusion efforts to underserved audiences. These are groups who may have limited access to art programs, services, or resources due to location, race, economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or other demonstrable factors. Some groups underserved by the arts in the region may include Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, People of Color, LGBTQ+, disabled, elder, youth, rural, and/or low-income audiences.

Eligible Applicants for Programmatic Support
- All applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which identifies the arts and/or cultural services as a primary activity in the organization’s mission
- Nonprofit arts/cultural organizations incorporated in Dutchess County AND/OR
- Nonprofit arts/cultural organizations which have a long term lease or own a building in Dutchess County AND/OR
- Nonprofit arts/cultural organizations implementing significant programming in Dutchess County
- All nonprofits applying must have a board of directors and a board approved nondiscrimination policy in order to be eligible for funding.
- Unincorporated groups or individuals who are fiscally sponsored by an eligible nonprofit organization
- Organizations must have at least three (3) years of programming history in order to apply for funding

Please note: Fiscal Sponsorship is not accepted for this category.

Ineligible for Funding:
- Individuals
- Public school districts, their components (PTA's, etc.), two and four year public universities and colleges or their supporting foundations, New York State agencies and departments (including SUNY schools) and county-level government agencies and departments
- Libraries and social service organizations
- Units of government/government agencies
- Organizations or groups that have not submitted the requisite reports on prior funded activities to Arts Mid-Hudson

Ineligible Projects
- Projects that take place outside of Dutchess County
- Projects that are social service-focused, recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic in nature
- Programs not open to the general public
- Programs that focus on skill-based instructional activities in which the only public component is a final exhibition of the students' work
- Permanent murals, permanent installation of sculpture, and landscape art/architecture
- Projects in which fees are paid to children or the use of children as professional artists
- Fundraising events/benefits or programming used as a fundraising event
- Programs with liturgical content

For a list of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Weekly Q&A sessions will be hosted on Zoom at a variety of times. Please RSVP on the form at to receive the Zoom Access Information. Once you sign up, you will be added to the list to receive the access information weekly. Applicants may attend multiple Q&A sessions.

Q&A Session Dates:
- Friday, February 12 at 1:00 pm
- Monday, March 1 at 4:00 pm
- Thursday, March 4 at 5:00 pm
- Friday, March 12 at 4:00 pm

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by midnight on March 23, 2021. AMH strongly recommends submitting applications early in order to allow time to confirm the submission is complete with the AMH Grants Team.

This cycle of awards will include support for capacity building initiatives and programmatic support. Eligible nonprofit arts organizations may submit one request for each category.

Technical Support:
- Zoom Q&A Sessions (see Pre-Proposal Conference above)
- Make a one-on-one appointment with the Grants & Programs Manager at

Contact Information:

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

Capacity Building Initiative Application:

Programmatic Support Application:

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