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Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) Program - Community Arts Grant (Reach Grant)

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Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/01/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and collectives and individual artists partnering with eligible nonprofits for arts projects and activities in eligible communities. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects and activities that enable Genesee and Orleans County communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts.

Through the Statewide Community Regrant Program (SCR Program), GO ART!, NYSCA and the New York State Legislature hope to extend, upgrade and increase the arts and cultural programming in Genesee and Orleans Counties. The goal is to make state arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population.  

Remember this is a project support grant program, all expenses should be related to supporting a specific project

  • Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses related to the proposed project
  • Expendable project-related supplies and materials
  • Project-related travel expenses
  • Project-related rental of space and equipment
  • Project-related technical fees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174010

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award up to $5000.

Term of Contract:

Jan 2023 – Dec 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Arts Grants (Reach Grants) provide seed grants to individual artists, collectives and arts organizations.

Who may apply: Nonprofit organizations, individual artists with an eligible fiscal sponsor or community partner.

Eligible Applicants
· Must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place
· Nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not New York State agencies)
· Individual artists, groups or collectives, unincorporated entities must have a fiscal sponsor or community partner (see specific program guidelines)
· Must be over the age of 18

Ineligible applicants
· Public or private school districts, universities, or colleges
· Departments or agencies of New York State (this includes BOCES)
· Applicants living outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor
· Organizations or individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2023 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC.
· Organizations or individuals that have applied for the exact same project 3 years in a row.

Funding will not be provided for the items listed below. By including ineligible expenses in your budget or narrative, you may disqualify your entire application from being considered. If you have questions about expenses, just ask!
· General operating expenses
· Operating expenses of privately owned facilities
· Permanent equipment or capital improvements
· Cash prizes, juried shows, scholarships, fellowships, awards to students
· Activities to not open to the general public such as camps or clubs
· Events that take place in private homes or studios
· Entertainment costs including food/drink or receptions/parties/fundraisers
· Creation of textbooks or classroom materials
· Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee)
· Regrants by applicants to fund other activities
· Activities that are non-arts related including balloons, clowns, magic
· Projects that are recreational, liturgical (for the purpose of worship), therapeutic, or rehabilitative in nature
· At-risk social service programs when the focus is primarily for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes
· Acquisition of works of art, art restoration, or art preservation
· Contingency funds
· Lobbying expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Registration is required at least two days in advance

If you would like to apply and are unable to attend the workshop, or have any questions about the SCR (formerly DEC) Grants Program please contact Mary Jo Whitman via email.

Workshop Dates:
- Sat, 8/27 @ 10am; GO ART! 201 E Main Street, Batavia
- Sat, 9/3 @ 10am; Virtual (zoom link will be provided two days before workshop)
- Tue, 9/6 @ 6pm; Woodward memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St, Leroy
- Sat, 9/10 @ 10am; Hoag Library, 134 Main St, Albion
- Mon, 9/12 @ 5pm; Hollwedel Memorial Library, 5 Woodrow Drive Pavilion
- Tue, 9/13 @ 6pm; Olreans YMCA Pearl Street, Medina
- Sat, 9/17 @ 10am; Maxton Memorial Library, 3 N Pearl St, Oakfield
- Mon, 9/19 @ 6pm; Virtual (zoom link will be provided two days before workshop)
- Tue, 9/20 @ 5pm; Byron-Bergen Public Library, 13 S Lake St
- Sat, 9/24 @ 5pm; Yates Community Library, 15 N Main St Lyndonville

Pre-Application Information:

Application portal opens Sept 15, 2022 at 12:00am
All applications must be completed and submitted by Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm

GO ART! Timeline
· GO ART! Grant Informational Seminars (Aug – Sept 2022)
· GO ART! accepts 2022 applications (Sept 15 – Nov 1, 2022)
· Funding Panel meets to review application (Nov 2022)
· GO ART! Board of Directors approves panel recommendations (Dec 2022)
· Grant Awards Announced (Dec 2022)
· Contracts Distributed (Dec 2022)
· 2021 Funded Projects begin (Jan 2023 – Dec 2023)
· GO ART! SCR Recipient Awards Ceremony (April 2023)
· Funding Distributed at Recipient Awards Ceremony (April 2023)
· Final Reports Due (30 after event, Jan 31, 2024 – Jan 31, 2024)

If you would like your application reviewed by the SCR Program Coordinator it must be emailed by October 15, 2022.

Contact Information:

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


Mary Jo Whitman, SCR Program Coordinator:
(585) 343-9313

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Genesee and Orleans Counties

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