Grants
Community Arts & Arts Education Grants

The NYS Council on the Arts established the Decentralization Program (DEC) in 1977 to foster the continued development of local cultural resources responsive to community need.  DEC serves all of New York’s 62 counties, including areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged, and ethnically diverse. The basic principle of DEC funding is to utilize local decision-making and use a peer panel evaluation process. 

The Chenango Arts Council has administered the DEC Program since 1986, promoting arts and cultural events that creatively reflect the unique qualities, resources, and needs of the communities we serve.

For your convenience, in this section, you will find updated grant guidelines in both PDF and Word Document formats for you to download

If you have any questions, need assistance, or need further information - please call or email Decentralization Grants Program Manager Chris Hoffman at 607. 336.2787 | chris.hoffman@chenangoarts.org

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE CHENANGO ARTS COUNCIL

The Chenango Arts Council offers grant opportunities to artists, non-profit organizations, and teachers for cultural activities that support and enrich the artistic quality of life in our communities and schools. This is accomplished through the re-granting of state funds to support projects that creatively reflect the unique qualities, resources, and needs of the communities we serve. The Council currently offers grant funding through the Decentralization Grant Program for Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties, and through the CAC Grants for Teachers Program for teachers in Chenango County only. 

THE NYS DECENTRALIZATION GRANTS PROGRAM

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) established the Decentralization (DEC) Program in 1977 to foster the continued development of local cultural resources responsive to community needs.  DEC serves all of New York State’s 62 counties, including areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged, and ethnically diverse.  The guiding principle of DEC re-grant funding is local decision-making using a peer panel grant evaluation process.  The DEC Program operates annually and panel nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Broome, Chenango, and Otsego DEC Program serves as a catalyst for local cultural development exposing children, adults, and seniors to events that enrich and enhance their lives.  Funding provided through these programs helps to strengthen our communities by reaching the most rural of our townships and villages, providing increased access to greater quality of life through the arts.  Since 1986, the Chenango Arts Council has administered the DEC Program in Chenango County, which acts as the sole source of direct support available for arts initiatives in the county.  The Council began administering the DEC Program in Broome County in 2003 and in Otsego County in 2011.

In 2017, the Council awarded nearly $130,000 in DEC funding to about 65 applicants in Broome, Chenango, and Otsego counties. $10,000 of this funding came from the Hoyt Foundation and was awarded to Broome County applicants.  A similar amount of funding from DEC and Hoyt is anticipated for the 2018 grant cycle.   The maximum grant award is $5,000.

The DEC Program offers support in the following categories:

Community Arts (CA) Grants:  Known as “traditional” or “classic” DEC grants, CA grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based non-profit organizations, groups, collectives or artists. Individual artists may apply for a community-based project in partnership with a local non-profit organization. CA support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural vibrancy of communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.  CA grants provide support to develop, foster, promote, enhance and increase community arts that address current cultural needs in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties.

Arts Education (AE) Grants:  AE grants offer two funding categories: K-12 In-School Projects and After-School & Community-Based Learning.  Funds can support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners.  Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn though or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.  Inter-curricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.  Projects must provide: Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of five (5) sequential hands-on learning sessions; In-depth, age, and skills appropriate learning opportunities; Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions or demonstrations; Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes and a means for evaluation.

The Broome, Chenango, and Otsego DEC Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County DEC applicants is provided by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

 

The primary purpose of Grants for Teachers (GFT) Program is to provide funding directly to classroom teachers responsible for achieving New York State Education Department Learning Standards for the Arts or Learning Standards for English Language Arts. This program was designed by teaches for teachers and provides grants to meet cultural needs in the classroom with a minimum of “red tape.” 

Projects eligible for funding are limited only to the imagination, invention and creativity of the applicant. Grant requests may not exceed $500. Teachers currently employed by a public or private school in Chenango County, grades Pre-K – 12, are eligible to apply. Multiple teachers from a single school or grade may apply.  The maximum grant award is $500 per teacher. 

The Grants for Teachers Program is made possible with funding from Golden Artist Colors, Walmart, ACCO Brands, Community Bank, and Friends of the Arts Council.

The Broome, Chenango & Otsego County Decentralization Program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.