2020 DEC GUIDELINES AND APPLICATIONS COMING SOON!
Thank you to everyone who applied to NYSCA's Community Arts (CA) and Arts Education (AE) Grants and congratulations to the 2019 recipients.
The NYS Council on the Arts established the Decentralization Program (DEC) in 1977 to foster the continued development of local cultural resources. DEC serves all of New York’s 62 counties, including areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged, and ethnically diverse.
The Chenango Arts Council has administered the DEC Program since 1986, serving artists, and arts and cultural organizations in Broome, Chenango and Otsego Counties.
For your convenience, in this section, you will find grant guidelines in both PDF and Word formats for you to download. Assistance is available by phone or in person to help you complete the applications.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE CHENANGO ARTS COUNCIL
The Chenango Arts Council offers grant opportunities to artists, non-profit organizations, and arts and cultural organizations for cultural activities that support and enrich the artistic quality of life in our communities. 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. Additionally, through its Grants For Teachers program, the Arts Council supports teachers in Chenango County who find unique ways to integrate the arts into the general curriculum.
THE NYS DECENTRALIZATION GRANTS PROGRAM
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 for Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties.
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. 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 organizations, groups, collectives, or individual artists. Individual artists must apply for a CA grant for a community-based project in partnership with a local nonprofit 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 work. CA grants provide support to develop, foster, promote, enhance, and increase community arts that address current cultural needs in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties.
Applicants may not partner with an organization that has applied for or received funding directly from NYSCA in the current grant cycle. However, a DEC applicant may use a NYSCA-funded organization as a venue for the applicant’s project, as long as the NYSCA-funded organization does not charge a rental/use fee and does not profit in any way from the DEC applicant’s project.
Applicant organizations must be able to document proof of nonprofit status.
- Applicant organizations must have an active board of directors or similar body charged with oversight of the organization that meets regularly.
- Applicant artists must reside in Broome, Chenango, or Otsego counties and must partner with a qualified nonprofit organization if applying for a Community Arts grant.
- Applicant artists must reside in Broome, Chenango, or Otsego Counties and must partner with a local public school if applying for an Arts Education grant for an in-school or after-school or community-based project.
- All funded activities must take place within the same county as the applicant’s legal address.
Applying through a fiscal sponsor A fiscal sponsor is an eligible nonprofit organization that agrees to extend its nonprofit status to an individual artist or group.
The fiscal sponsor is the legal applicant.
If awarded a grant, the contract will be executed by the fiscal sponsor, who will receive funds for the project and pass them on to the sponsored individual or group. The project must take place in the county where the fiscal sponsor is located, but the sponsored artist/group does not have to be located in that county.
An eligible nonprofit organization may apply on its own behalf and serve as a fiscal sponsor for one or more individuals or non-incorporated groups.
The application must include a letter of agreement between the artist/group and nonprofit organization.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the fiscal sponsor to provide the sponsored artist with the necessary tax documents regarding “earned income” should the artist be award a grant (1099s).
Applying with a partner organization A partner organization is an eligible nonprofit that agrees to partner with an individual artist or group.
If applying in partnership, the legal applicant will be the individual artist, group or unincorporated entity. If awarded a grant, the artist or group must be able to sign a contract with the Chenango Arts Council, and funds will be made payable to that individual artist or group.
The applicant and partner organization must both be based in the county in which the proposed activity occurs.
An organization that applies for a grant on its own behalf in any category may not also serve as a partner organization on another application.
The partner is not required to make a financial contribution to the project, but may make some contribution to the project, which can be in-kind.
The application must include a letter of commitment between the artist/group and nonprofit organization.
Arts Education (AE) Grants:
AE grants offer two funding categories: (1) K-12 In-School Projects and (2) After-School & Community-Based Learning.
Please Note: Schools and teachers may not apply directly for a DEC grant. Rather, schools may only partner with an artist or group of artists who must be the DEC applicant.
AE Grants support nonprofit organizations, cultural groups and/or individual artists in providing in-depth, arts education projects to participants of all ages. This funding is designed to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led instruction both in and outside a school setting. These grants are meant to build the capacity of local artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing K-12 public school students and/or community members high-quality artistic learning experiences.
Projects should draw on arts education practices to engage participants in the creation and interpretation of artistic works. Instruction must be sequential, age appropriate and skill-based, and focused on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Arts Learning projects are intended to serve a dedicated group of learners, be it in-school students, or youth and/or adult learners, and do not need to be open for participation by the general public. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts.
All Proposed Projects must provide:
- Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of three hands-on learning sessions between the same artist/cultural group and group of students. Please note: Stand-alone assembly programs, single performances, student performing groups or one-time visits to cultural institutions are ineligible.
- AE funds can support K-12 in-school, after-school programs, and community-based projects
- Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations
- In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities
- Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes, and a means for evaluation
- NYS nonprofit organizations working with an eligible partner school (for in-school programs) or applying directly (for out-of-school programs).
- Individual artists, groups or collectives, and unincorporated entities who are working with an eligible partner school (for in-school programs) or eligible partner nonprofit organization (for out-of-school programs).
- Lead artists must be 18 years of age at the time of submission and may not be enrolled in a full-time degree program.
- The legal address of the applicant must be in Broome, Chenango, or Otsego county, and the project must take place in the applicant’s county.
- If an individual artist or unincorporated group is working with a public school that is out of their county of residence, the applicant must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor in the county of the public school.
- Only public schools or BOCES-related schools serving K-12 students are eligible to serve as partner schools. Schools involved in any Arts Education projects currently receiving direct NYSCA funding are not eligible to serve as partner schools.
K-12 In-School Projects These projects must take place during the school day and in a public school setting. Private, parochial and home schools are ineligible to serve as partner schools. Inter-curricular collaboration is encouraged but not required. AE funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in schools. Activities must occur in school, during the regular school day (no extracurricular activities that take place outside the normal school day). Students may not be taken out of regular classes to participate, or be self-selected for participation in the program.
A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the school’s support of the project (monetarily and/or otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The letter must be written on school letterhead and signed by the principal.
After-School and Community-Based Learning These projects take place in a community-based setting and can be for a specific age group or participants of any age. Participation may be limited to a specific group and does not need to be open to the general public.
If the applicant is an individual artist or unincorporated entity, there must be a partnership or fiscal sponsorship with an eligible nonprofit partner, which must be identified in the application. A written letter of commitment / agreement from the nonprofit partner / fiscal sponsor to the artist or unincorporated entity must be included with the application. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner’s support of the project (monetary and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved.
DEC grants are 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 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.