Community Arts Grants
The Community Arts Grants Decentralization Program (DEC) is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). This program provides funding to community-based not-for-profit organizations and artists sponsored by these agencies. Decentralization funds are also available to local municipalities, towns and villages for cultural and arts programming. These funds are intended to support programs and services with strong public components providing direct benefit to county residents.
The program also offers Individual Artist Grants for the creation of a new, original body of work that engages the community in the creative process through dialogue, reflection, or active participation.
Community Arts Grants: Project Support, Individual Artist and Arts Education
Applications for the Community Arts Grants Fund (Decentralization Program) for Columbia County are available for the 2014 funding cycle.
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!
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 Columbia County that benefit its residents. Nonprofit orgs, towns, villages, etc. registered in Columbia 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. Application Deadline Sept 28, 2013.
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. Deadline October 26, 2013.
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 2013-2014 school year. Deadline Feb 8, 2014 (reimbursable for qualified autumn 2013 projects).
All 3 categories of funding are competitive and proposals are reviewed by local individuals who are sensitive to the needs and challenges specific to Columbia County artists and small nonprofits. There will be a series of free informational workshops in your county to clarify eligibility and guidelines. Guidance and extensive support is available to all applicants. New applicants should either attend one single-session informational workshop or meet with our Director of Community Arts & Arts Ed grants. Call or email at (518) 943-3400 or Colettegcca@hotmail.com before submitting an application.
Project Support Workshops:
Tues, July 30 –
Windham/Mtntop location TBA
Sat, Aug 10 –
Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren St, Hudson. 10:30–11:30 AM
Wed, Aug 28 –
Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main St, Catskill. 6–7:00 PM
Individual Artist Workshops:
Saturday, Sept 7 –
Hudson Opera House. 327 Warren St, Hudson 10–11:00 AM
Wed, Sept 25 –
Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main St, Catskill. 6–7:00 PM
Arts Education Workshops:
Tues, October 29 –
Community Library, 110 Union St, Cobleskill 6–7 PM
Wed, Nov 6 –
Hudson Opera House. 327 Warren St, Hudson. 6–7 PM
Project Support Grant Guidelines
Project Support Grant Application
Sample Partnership agreement
Individual Artist Grant Guidelines & Application
Arts Education Grant Guidelines & Application
Final Report Forms for 2013 Project Support:
(due 30 days after completion of project)
Final Report Form Project Support 2013
Final Report Form Individual Artist 2013
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 in Columbia, Greene &. Schoharie Counties by Greene County Council on the Arts.
Linda Arnaud Individual Artist Grant Awarded
Applications are now available for the 2013 LINDA ARNAUD MEMORIAL AWARD
The Columbia County Council on the Arts announces
the application process for the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund Individual Artist Grant is open.Through a competitive process, the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund, using CCCA as the administrator, will award a Columbia County visual artist who works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media or photography, 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
Click here to download the 2013 Guidlines and Application.
DEADLINE: December 24, 2013 by 5:00 PM.
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
All applications must be postmarked by August 31st
or hand delivered by that date to:
Columbia County Council on the Arts
209 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: All applicants MUST meet
ALL of the following criteria:
- Be a resident of Columbia County.
- Artist must be at least of 18 years of age and not a
full time student.
- The artistic project MUST be completed within the
calendar year of 2014.
- The work must be in the visual arts.
- The project MUST clearly demonstrate the
advancement of the artist’s work.
- There MUST be some type of tangible finished
work at the end of the grant period. At the option of
the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund, the finished work
may be presented in some form of an exhibition.
Arts in Education
CCCA has been working to assess
the state of the arts education in Columbia County’s schools. As
a first step, an Arts Education Survey was developed and sent to
each of the County’s 24 schools. Results were then tabulated and
presented at a Roundtable workshop for administrative and teaching
staff. The objective of the Roundtable was to present survey findings
and, with the help of participants, develop "Next Steps" for
CCCA to pursue in expanding arts education opportunities for the
schools. If you are interested in participating in this program,
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.