Community Art Grants

Please note: all necessary application materials can be found on our Upcoming Grants page; all reporting materials can be found on our Current Grantees page.
“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 draft submission deadline is September 14 at 11AM.

The final submission deadline for complete applications is September 30 at 5PM.

Funding is available in three categories:

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.

Arts Education (Guidelines Expanded!) 

The Arts Education category has expanded to include two strands of funding opportunities: (as previously available) In-School K-12 public school programming and 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 3 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).

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.


Tri-County DEC service area. Graphic by Alicia Burnett


Grant Information Workshops will be available throughout our tri-county region from July – September.

For individual assistance with a Greene or Columbia County project, contact Community Arts Grants Coordinator Margaret Uhalde, @ ; for Schoharie County, contact Grant Coordinator Renee Nied @


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.

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