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Areas for Arts and Cultural Projects that Benefit Local Communities

Decentralization Program (DEC) - Community Arts Grant

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC)

Conf. Date:

11/17/21

Deadline Date:

01/07/22 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government entities, tribal agencies, and artists in eligible areas for high-quality arts programming that benefits local communities. Funding is intended to expand, enhance, and increase arts and cultural programs in Allegany or Wyoming County.

This program enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and work. Community Arts grants can fund but are not limited to exhibitions, workshops, performances, concerts (all disciplines), festivals, demonstrations and workshops, screenings, or readings.

Priorities:

  1. Allegany and Wyoming County arts and cultural organizations
  2. New programs or repeat projects with new components, especially underrepresented art forms such as visual arts, traditional music, classical music and dance
  3. Projects that promote community partnerships and shared programming
  4. Projects that encourage community growth such as intergenerational support, economic development, increased diversity, or greater utilization of community assets or esprit d’corps
  5. Projects that engage community members as participants in the arts, especially families
  6. Projects that serve communities that have not received funding in three years or more
  7. Projects that offer access to people with difficulty accessing the arts due to lack of transportation.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Activities/Projects of local arts organizations 
  • Artist fees 
  • Marketing/publicity costs 
  • Direct administrative expenses and/or planning and preparation expenses for a proposed event
  • Supplies and materials needed to execute the proposed project. Individual items may not exceed $1,000. Examples: art supplies, sheet music, hardware, memory cards, and other consumable equipment. 
  • Equipment, software, subscriptions, and training needed to execute the proposed project. Individual items may not exceed $1,000. Examples: cameras, lighting equipment, subscriptions associated with virtual programming, and training to utilize these tools.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162648

Estimated Size of Grant:

$300 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

The artistic program must take place within the calendar year 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Community Arts grant or to be a sponsor for an artist or artist group, organizations must be based in Allegany or Wyoming County and have one of the following with proof of the same:
- A 501(c)(3) or New York State non-profit organization with an active board of trustees either incorporated in NYS or registered to do business in NYS
- A government or quasi-government entity, or tribal organization
OR
- With approval from ACWC, an unincorporated entity that is working with an eligible fiscal sponsor or community-based partner is eligible:
-- Lead applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of submission and may not be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program
-- Project sponsors and partners must be based in Allegany or Wyoming County, in the same county as the applicant’s address.

Application Requirements:
- Organization must be based in Allegany or Wyoming County or sponsored by a Not-for-Profit agency based in Allegany or Wyoming County, respectively
- The artistic program must take place in Allegany or Wyoming County within the calendar year 2022 (please contact ACWC Grant Coordinator if you feel COVID or other restrictions may affect the timing of your project)

For information about ineligible applicants see pages 9-10 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Seminars:

Please note: To increase availability, several Community Arts grant application seminars will be held via Zoom or one on one with the Grants Coordinator, either in person or via the Zoom platform. Please contact Linda Franke to set up an appointment or to get a link to attend one of the following scheduled Application Seminars:
- September 13, 4:00 PM – Virtual Seminar
- September 18, 10:00 AM – ACWC Theater, Perry, NY
- September 25, 10:00 AM – location TBD, Allegany Co, NY
- October 6, 6:30 PM – Virtual Seminar
- October 19, 1:00 PM – location TBD, Allegany Co, NY
- November 4, 6:30 PM – Virtual Seminar
- November 17, 9:00 AM – Virtual Seminar

A recorded seminar will be available on the ACWC website beginning September 1.

Technical Assistance Seminars and Gatherings:

Throughout the year ACWC holds Technical Assistance Seminars for its grantees, applicants and sponsoring agencies. These are typically held on the second Tuesday of alternating months from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. (Please check the ACWC website calendar of events for further information.) Topics include finding local talent, tax information for artists and non-profits, marketing your art, writing a grant or a final report and others. If there is a topic you are interested in, please let the Grants Coordinator know.

In an effort to connect local artists and sponsoring agencies, ACWC also offers Gatherings on the months opposite the Technical Assistance Seminars. These are again the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at different locations throughout Allegany and Wyoming Counties. Gatherings are laid-back opportunities to talk about issues in the local art community and an excellent opportunity to make connections with those that care about making this vital group thrive in the county. If you are interested in sponsoring a Gathering and/or letting ACWC use your space for this event, please contact Linda Franke.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022. Application must be received at ACWC’s office by 5:00 PM.

Applicants are encouraged to ask questions of staff at any time during the application process. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a draft of their application for staff review and feedback by December 17 so that any adaptations or corrections may be made before the application deadline. ACWC is closed for Winter Recess from December 24 to January 3.

The organization must notify the ACWC Grant Coordinator of any and all public events that are part of the project at least 30 days before the event.

All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision within 30 days of the panel decision, presuming that funding has been designated.

Community-based non-profit partners are only required to provide a letter of commitment confirming the partnership with the applicant and outlining the scope of the partnership and each partner’s investment or contribution (in-kind and/or cash) toward the proposed project.

Grantees must attend the ACWC award ceremony. The date of the ceremony is to be determined but is usually the first Friday evening in March.

Additional information: https://artswyco.org/grants_and_scholarships/grants/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application and accompanying materials to:

ACWC Grants Coordinator
Arts Council for Wyoming County
31 South Main Street
PO Box 249
Perry, NY 14530

For questions and to request an appointment or a link to an application seminar:
Linda Franke
franke@artswyco.org
585-237-3517 ext 102

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