Community Arts Grants Apps & Workshop Announcements
Applications for the Community Arts Grants Fund (Decentralization Program) for Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties will be available July 8 for the 2013 funding cycle.
Could your nonprofit organization use a boost to its arts programming? Are you an artist or musician 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 showcase or explore the rich natural and historical heritage of our region through literature, music, film, or visual arts? An individual artist who has a community inspired idea for a body of your own work? Maybe we can help!
This year Community Arts Grants include three categories of support:
- Project Support for Not-for-Profit Organizations offers grants up to $5,000 to community-based nonprofit organizations, local municipalities, towns and villages.
- Conduit – Artist Project Support offers individuals or artistic teams the opportunity to partner with a nonprofit and apply for up to $5,000 for project support. The conduit (nonprofit) agency acts as fiscal manager while the idea is initiated and implemented by the artist or artistic team.
Have a solid idea but no nonprofit sponsor? Talk to your Director of Community Arts Grants. Often we can help initiate partnerships. Priorities for Project Support and Conduit-Artist projects are: activities of local arts organizations, artist fees, publicity costs, direct administrative expenses, supplies and materials. Each must relate directly to a project that enables appreciation for and participation in the arts and provide a direct and economically accessible benefit to the public. Deadline for Greene & Columbia County 2013 Project Support & Conduit-Artist applications is Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
Postmark deadline for Schoharie County Project Support & Conduit-Artist applications is Spetmeber 29, 2012.
If it’s your own individual muse that could use a jump start, our Individual Grants program may be the ticket:
- 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 a local 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 artists interested in working in dialogue with a community. Deadline for Greene, Columbia and Schoharie 2013 Individual Artist Grant applications is Oct. 20, 2012.
All three categories of funding are competitive and proposals are reviewed by individuals from your local community who are sensitive to the needs and challenges specific to artists and small nonprofits. Average Project Support grants are around $1,200. There will be a series of free 2-hour informational workshops in your county to clarify eligibility, guidelines, and offer guidance and extensive support to applicants. New applicants in Greene, Columbia and Schoharie County should attend one single-session informational workshop (in either county) or meet with your Director of Community Arts Grants/Grant Coordinator prior to submitting an application. Previous Schoharie applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one workshop irregardless of prior funding status.
Project Support & Conduit-Artist Informational Workshops Dates & Locations
Call or email the Director of Community Arts Grants (518) 943-3400 Colettegcca@hotmail.com to register for Columbia or Greene counties.
- Tues, Aug 7 – North Chatham Library, 4287 Rte 203,North Chatham. (6 – 7:30 PM)
- Saturday, Aug. 11 –ColumbiaCounty Council on the Arts,209 Warren St,Hudson. (10 AM–Noon)
- Tuesday, July 24 – Greene County Council on the Arts,398 Main St, Catskill (6 – 7:30 PM)
- Thurs, Aug 16 – Greenville Library Community Room, 11177 Route 32,Greenville(6 – 7:30 PM)
Call or email Grant Coordinator, Renee Nied at: (518)788-7265
SchoharieDEC@gmail.com to register for Schoharie County.
- Tuesday, July 24- Community Library, 110 Union St, Cobleskill (6:30PM)
- Thursday, July 26- Middleburgh Library, 323 Main St, Middleburgh (6:30PM)
- Saturday, August 11- Schoharie DEC office, 349 Mineral Springs Rd, Cobleskill (11AM)
- Wednesday, August 15, Schoharie DEC office, 349 Mineral Springs Rd, Cobleskill (6:00PM)
- Saturday, September 8, Sharon Springs Library, 129 Main St, Sharon Springs (11:00AM)
Individual Artist Grant Seminars & Locations
- Saturday, Sept 8 –Columbia County Council on the Arts,209 Warren St,Hudson(10 AM – Noon)
- Saturday, Sept 15- Schoharie DEC office, 349 Mineral Springs Rd, Cobleskill (10AM)
The Decentralization Program (DEC) is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered in Greene, Columbia & Schoharie Counties by Greene County Council on the Arts. 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: email@example.com