Community Arts Grants

Project Support Grants, Individual Artist, & Arts Education Grants 

Could your nonprofit use a boost to its arts programming? Are you an artist/musician/individual with an idea for an interesting program with a strong public benefit?  Do you represent a village, library, conservation group or other nonprofit that wishes to sponsor a literature, music, film, or visual arts project in your neighborhood? An individual artist who has a community-inspired idea for a body of new original work?  An artist or artistic group that would like to collaborate with a subject or grade level teacher on a project in a K-12 public school? We can help!

Applications for the Community Arts Grants Fund (Decentralization Program) for Columbia, Greene & Schoharie Counties are available for the 2016 funding cycle.  Application deadlines for the 2016 cycle are Saturday October 10th for Project Support grants, October 24th for Individual Artist Support, and the Arts Education grant deadline is Saturday, August 15th 2015.

Community Arts Grants include three categories of support:

  • Project Support Grants can provide up to $5,000 for high quality, accessible cultural & arts programs in Col, Greene or Schoharie Counties that benefit the residents of that county.  Nonprofit orgs, towns, villages, etc. registered in Col, Greene or Schoharie County are eligible unless already receiving NYSCA funding. Individuals or unincorporated collectives may also apply with a local nonprofit sponsor as community partner.   Average grants $1,200 – $1500.
  • Individual Artist Grants offer $2,500 to artists (visual, performing, or literary) for the creation of a new original work that significantly advances the work of the artist AND actively engages in a dialogue with the community.   In the context of this program “Community” can be defined as geographic, racial, ethnic, or philosophical. “Community engagement” can be accomplished through setting; interaction between artist and public; public participation and input; presentation and discourse, etc. These grants are not artist fellowships and are intended to support original works by individuals interested in working in dialogue with a community.
  • Arts Education Grants provide $500 – $2500 funds for artists or arts groups to work in a K-12 public school setting in their county in collaboration with teachers. Artists from outside the county may apply through a nonprofit conduit.  Minimum 3 sessions. Applications submitted by the artist/collective, not by the school and applicable to the 2015-2016 school year.

All 3 categories of funding are competitive and proposals are reviewed by local individuals who are sensitive to the needs and challenges specific to Greene, Columbia & Schoharie County artists and small nonprofits.  There will be a series of free informational workshops in your county to clarify eligibility & guidelines.  Guidance and extensive support is available to all applicants.

New Columbia & Greene County applicants should attend one single-session informational workshop or meet with our Director of Community Arts & Arts Education grants.  Workshop dates for all 3 categories of funding are posted on the respective guidelines.  Please contact Sara Pruiksma-Rizzo for more information at (518) 943-3400 or before submitting an application.

All Schoharie County applicants must attend informational workshops prior to submission.  Contact Renee Nied for further information at (518) 788-7264 or


The Decentralization Program (DEC) is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by your local arts council. Consequently, Decentralization funding does not support organizations already receiving funding directly from NYSCA. For NYSCA supported organizations in Greene County, GCCA offers the County Initiative Program (CIP). Those applications will be available toward the end of July. For CIP information, please contact Kay Stamer at the GCCA or email: