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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Individuals, Agencies, and Libraries in Eligible Counties for Community Arts Projects

Community Arts Grant


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Funding Source
New York State Council on the Arts
St. Lawrence County Arts Council and The Office Of The Governor
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties

Important Dates
Conference Date: 02/15/24
Deadline: 03/01/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, individual artists, municipalities, libraries, and tribal organizations in eligible counties for community arts initiatives. Applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote public arts experiences and projects for the residents of Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

The Community Arts Grant supports public arts experiences and fosters creative communities. It offers project-specific support for arts projects, programs and activities that enable local communities to experience and engage with the arts. Fundable activities may include, but are not limited to performances, exhibitions, workshops, classes, festivals, screenings, readings or virtual programming. All artistic disciplines are eligibile. All activities MUST be community based, have an artistic/cultural activity as its primary focus, and be open to the general public.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Activities/projects of local arts organizations, including both live and virtual activities
  • Artists' fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses and/or planning and preparation expenses for a proposed event (should compose no more than 25% of grant request)
  • Supplies, materials, equipment, software, subscriptions and training needed for the execution of the proposed project, not to exceed $1,000 (ie: art supplies, sheet music, hardware, flash drives, training tools, etc.)
  • Project-related travel expenses within the state of New York
  • Project-related rentals of space and equipment


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible to Apply
- 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, incorporated within Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence Counties, established for at least one year, with an active board of trustees, which conduct all activities with non-discriminating practices regarding race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, including all programming activities, administration, and board representation: Eligibility status will be confirmed with the NYS Department of State Division of Corporations or the NYS Charities Bureau.
- Governmental or quasi-governmental entities, or Tribal Nations, located within Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence Counties
- A group that is incorporated in another state as a not-for-profit corporation, registered in New York State (as a “foreign not-for-profit corporation”), with its primary location in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County, and registered with the Charities Bureau.
- Individual artists, collectives and unincorporated organizations may apply through a Fiscal Sponsor - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, government entity or Tribal Nation, that meets these eligibility requirements and assumes responsibility for various administrative and fiduciary obligations on the applicant’s behalf. Projects must take place in the same county in which the Fiscal Sponsor is located
- Lead applicant must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program.
- The three-application/$5,000 limit does not apply to Fiscal Sponsors; they may simultaneously submit grant requests on behalf of their own organization and assist others; the additional applications will not count towards their $5,000 maximum.
- The three-application/$5,000 limit does not apply to Tribal Nations. However, individual Tribal organizations within Tribal Nations are subject to this limitation.

Ineligible to Apply:
- Individuals or organizations not based in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County, including non-incorporated chapters of organizations whose “parent” is incorporated outside of this region
- SCR site staff or board members, in this case SLC Arts
- Individuals or organizations applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome, are NOT eligible to apply, and may NOT serve as a Fiscal Sponsor.
- New York State agencies & departments
- Public universities and colleges; public, private or parochial secondary and elementary schools, or their components or affiliates
- Unincorporated applicants, without an eligible fiscal sponsor
- Students enrolled in a full-time degree program
- A group that is formed/incorporated as a limited liability company (LLC), business corporation, or limited liability partnership (LLP) in New York State
A group that is formed/incorporated as a limited liability company (LLC), business corporation, or limited liability partnership (LLP) in another state and registered to do business in New York State; A group in either of the two types above that is seeking to apply with an eligible fiscal sponsor
- A group that is seeking to apply as an individual or group of individuals, but the project also publicly functions in a limited liability company (LLC), business corporation, or limited liability partnership (LLP).
- Previous recipients who have failed to comply with contracts, final reports or other documentation

Ineligible Projects can be found at

Unallowable Expenses can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
This year, all applicants will be required to attend an info session or meet with the Grants and Services Manager before submitting an application.

- Thursday, January 04, 12:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Tuesday, January 09, 11:00am: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Saturday, January 13, 11:00am: Flower Memorial Library, South Reading Room; 229 Washington Street, Watertown.
- Wednesday, January 17, 11:00am: Brave DIY Studio; 5406 Shady Avenue, Lowville
- Monday, January 22, 3:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday, January 24, 6:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Friday, January 26, 9:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Tuesday, January 30, 11:00am: Thousand Islands Arts Council; 314 John Street, Clayton
- Wednesday, February 07, 10:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Saturday, February 10, 10:00am: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Monday, February 12, 6:00pm: Zoom Meeting
- Thursday, February 15, 9:00am: Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday, February 21, 2:00pm: Potsdam Public Library, Upstairs Classroom; 2 Park Street, Potsdam
- Tuesday, February 27, 12:00pm: Zoom Meeting

More information and registration links can be found on the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
- A completed application MUST be received by Friday, March 01, 2024, 11:59pm
- Last day to submit applications for feedback: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 4:00pm

ALL applicants MUST attend an info session, or meet with the Grant Coordinator, prior to submitting an application. This includes return applicants.

Matching funds are NOT required for this grant

Grant Applicant Resources:

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Level: $500 - $5,000

Applicants may submit up to THREE separate grant requests per year, in any combination of categories, the total of which may not exceed $5,000. (Please note that an applicant may not submit more than one Individual Artist Grant application.)

Term of Contract
Funded projects must take place January 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, please contact staff at

SLC Arts
PO Box 252
Potsdam, NY 13676

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