Community Arts & Arts Education Grants

October 5, 2015


                                     A TOTAL OF $129,280 AVAILABLE TO RE-GRANT FOR 2016!

Click here for the:  2016 DEC guidelines and 2016 DEC application form, or send an e-mail to: to request your copy.
                                    2016 DEC Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 5pm

                                                  For projects through December 31, 2016.

The Chenango Arts Council (CAC) is pleased to announce a 20% increase in funding from the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2016 Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program.  With this increase, $129,280 is available to non-profit organizations and artists who partner with an eligible non-profit for cultural initiatives in 2016.  Funding is available for grants up to $5,000 each to support Community Arts (CA) and Arts Education (AE) grants in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties.  

Included in this funding is $10,000 provided by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation of Binghamton to support Broome County DEC projects. These funds are available to Broome DEC applicants who are not able to be fully funded through the regular DEC process, and who are not currently receiving Hoyt funds.

Community Arts (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 in 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 support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. AE funds are designed to support new or first time arts education projects in K-12 school settings. Re-grant funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists to work in partnership with public schools to maximize each other’s resources.  Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.  Projects must take place in school and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of three hands-on learning sessions with a core group of students. Schools and teachers may not apply directly for AE funds.

The deadline for 2016 grant application is Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 5pm. 
Opportunities are for projects through December 31, 2016.  Notification of intent to apply is required (please see the guidelines).

Click here for the:  2016 DEC guidelines and 2016 DEC application form, or send an e-mail to: to request your copy.

Arts Council staff is available for assistance.  Nominations for grant review panelists are accepted on an on-going basis. 
Call 336-2787/ARTS for more information.

Congratulations to the following 2015 DEC grant recipients:

Broome County:
Binghamton Center for Writers*, Binghamton Downtown Singers*, Binghamton Youth Symphony, Center for Gender, Art & Culture*, Endicott Performing Arts Center, Inc.*, Endwell Community Chorus, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Greater Whitney Point Community Planning Committee Corporation*, Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Singers Performing Actors Repertory Ensemble Productions, Theatre Street Stage Company, Vestal Museum*, Windsor Whip Works Art Center* 
*Denotes additional funding by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

Chenango County:
Afton Historical Society, Bonnie Gale*, Chenango County Blues Association, Chenango County Historical Society, Christian Neighborhood Center of Norwich, Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Guernsey Memorial Library, Guilford Historical Society, Jericho Arts Council, Mid-York Concert Band, Monday Evening Musical Club, Moore Memorial Library, New Berlin Art Forum, Norwich Theater Company, Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association, Oxford Memorial Library, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Sherburne United Methodist Church- Voices of the Tabernacle Choir, 6 On The Square, Smyrna Citizens Band, Smyrna Public Library, Town of Columbus, Deborah Whitman
*Denotes Arts Education grant.

Otsego County:                                                                               
ARC Otsego, Catskill Choral Society, Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, Cherry Valley Artworks, First Night Oneonta, First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, Oneonta Community Concert Band Association, Otsego 2000, Otsego County Dance Society, Pathfinder Village, Temple Beth El of Oneonta, Village of Laurens, Worcester Free Library

View the below links for more information on 2015 DEC grant recipients, their projects and contact information, and don't forget to visit our on-line Community Cultural Calendar!

*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.