Community Art Grants

The Community Art Grants program is administered in Greene, Columbia, and Schoharie Counties by Greene County Council on the Arts with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“The program is a wonderful service to our community. We appreciate this support so much. It literally makes the Art Center possible.” –Nancy Barton, Director, Prattsville Art Center and Residency. 2016

The Community Art Grants offer three types of funding:


The Arts Education category has expanded to include two strands of funding opportunities: (as previously available) In-School K-12 public school programming and (now available) After School and Community-based Learning. Grant funds are available for Arts Education programs in Columbia, Greene & Schoharie Counties. Artists or arts organizations working in partnership with a K-12 public school may apply, or for Community-based Senior learning programs; artists with a certified non-profit organization may apply.

K-12 In-School programming is not intended to replace the role of certified art teachers, these grants seek to enrich & enhance the student experience through the arts and creative process.

All projects must offer a minimum of 5 contact sessions between the same artist/group with selected students or other audience type. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. 

Technical assistance at any stage of the process is available, contact for more information in Columbia and Greene counties.

For technical assistance in Schoharie County contact (Grant Coordinator Renee Nied)

Community Project Support

Community Arts Grants regrant public moneys through a competitive process administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.  Community Arts Grants are available to eligible individuals and not-for-profit organizations legally registered in Columbia, Greene or Schoharie County and are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Community Arts Grants can provide funding for cultural and art programs that take place in the county of registration and benefit the county’s citizens.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZATIONS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR FUNDING ARE: Museums, Historical Societies, Libraries, Fire Departments, Community Centers, Senior Centers, Veteran’s Organizations, Villages or Municipalities, Churches, Clubs, Professional Associations, Collectives.

FUNDABLE EXPENSES ARE: 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.

Individual Artist Awards

The Individual Artist Grant will award selected artists in each county a grant in the amount of $2,500.  The primary goal of this support is to significantly advance the work of the artist.  The project must result in the creation of new work AND the local community must be actively engaged or involved in some way during the artist’s creative process. These grants are not artist fellowships but are intended to support original works by creative artists interested in working within a community setting. “Community” can be defined as geographic, racial, ethnic, or philosophical.  “Community engagement” can be accomplished through interaction between artist & public, public participation & exchange, active dialogue, collaboratively created works, etc.  All funded projects must contain a public/community element. Finished projects may contain an (optional) presentation component.



  • Artistic merit.
  • Quality of artistic samples and credentials of the artists involved in the project.
  • Innovation of arts experience(s).
  • Diversity of arts experience(s).
  • Inclusion of under-represented art forms.
  • Community benefit.
  • Service to underserved geographic area.
  • Cooperation with local artists and organizations.
  • Cultural diversity in programming.
  • Consideration of community needs and interests.
  • Accessibility.
  • Non-duplication of comparable existing services or programs.
  • Community support of the project.
  • Locally contributed in-kind support.
  • Locally contributed cash support.
  • Capacity to conduct the project
  • Clearly defined objectives and a robust plan for implementation, management and promotion of the
  • project.
  • Record of programmatic success.
  • Reasonable estimate of expenses.
  • Reasonable cost-benefit ratio for the number of participants/audience membership.

Tri-County DEC service area. Graphic by Alicia Burnett

Grant Information Workshops will be available throughout our tri-county region from July – September. Individual assistance is available on an ongoing basis by scheduling an appointment with Grant Coordinator; Margaret Uhalde, @

Schoharie County: Individual assistance is available on an ongoing basis by scheduling an appointment with Grant Coordinator; Renee Nied @

Deadlines for 2017 grants have passed. Look for guidelines on 2018 grants during the summer of 2017.

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