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Long Island (LI) Arts Grants - Decentralization Grants (DEC)

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Artists for Arts Programs in Eligible Counties

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Huntington Arts Council (HAC)

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Deadline Date:

09/21/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of $5,000 to New York nonprofits, agencies, artists, and artists collectives for arts projects in eligible counties. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for arts projects that benefit the residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties. The goals of this grant program are to reach new and diverse audiences and to create accessible projects at affordable pricing to serve the general public.

1) Creative Individual Grant:  This grant is intended to engage artists creating new, original work (composers, musicians, writers, visual artists, etc.). Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply. An essential element of this funding is a community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative processes of the artists’ project. Eligible disciplines:

  • Visual Arts: Painter, Sculptor, Installation Artist, Photographer, Printmaker
  • Literary Arts: Poet, Novelist, Playwright
  • Music: Composer, Musician
  • Performance Arts: Choreographer
  • Media: Filmmaker, Video Artist

For information about program priorities, see:

2) Creative Communities Grants: Provided to nonprofits or an individual artist partnering with a nonprofit organization, for arts and cultural projects and activities that enable Nassau and Suffolk communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. For information about program priorities, see:

3) Creative Learning Grants: Support arts education projects in K-12 public schools, after-school settings, and partnerships with community-based organizations (ex: senior centers, etc.). This funding is designed to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led instruction both in and outside the school setting. These grants are meant to build the capacity of local artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing public school-aged students, adults, and seniors in high-quality artistic learning experiences. The project can take place at a Suffolk or Nassau County public school during the school day, at an after-school program, or at a community center. For additional information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175451

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Creative Individual: $1,000 and $2,500
- Creative Communities: $500 - $5,000
- Creative Learning: $500 - $5,000

The sum of total requests cannot exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is January 1 – December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that applicant eligibility can vary slightly from program to program:

Eligible Applicants:
- Must have a permanent address in the same county as the proposed project
- Nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not NYS agencies).
- Individual artists, groups, or collectives, unincorporated entities must have a fiscal sponsor or community partner.
- Must be 18 years of age at the time of application

Ineligible Applicants:
- Public universities or colleges.
- Private, parochial, charter, or home schools.
- Public school districts and their affiliates or components. (PTAs may apply only if they have their own nonprofit status and provide cultural services for the community at large unrelated to the regular school program.).
- New York State agencies, departments, and municipalities for either local townships or Nassau and Suffolk Counties (this includes BOCES).
- Applicants living outside the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor.
- Unincorporated applicants without an eligible sponsor or partner organization (Exception: Individual Artist category).
- Projects involving partners that apply directly to NYSCA (May not use DEC funds to pay partners who have applied directly to NYSCA).
- Applicants with outstanding final reports for a previous grant cycle

FY 2021 Direct Applicants to NYSCA are ineligible to apply for the Decentralization Long Island Arts Grants.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Specific eligibility requirements for each program can be found in their respective Guidelines, in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants are required to attend at least one mandatory grant workshop in order to apply for the 2021 Long Island Arts Grants.

The dates, locations, and times for the workshops are listed below. Virtual workshops will be presented through ZOOM. Additional information and the login link will be provided after you register for a specific day and time.

- Thursday, 7/9, 6PM: This is a dual-format workshop which will be available with limited capacity in person at Huntington Arts Council, as well as virtually
- Tuesday, 7/14 Virtual Workshop, 6PM
- Thursday, 7/16 Virtual Workshop, 6PM
- Tuesday, 7/21, 2PM: This is a dual-format workshop, which will be available with limited capacity in person at Westbury Village Hall, as well as virtually
- Thursday, 7/23 Virtual Workshop, 6PM
- Tuesday, 7/28 Virtual Workshop, 6 PM
- Thursday, 7/30 Virtual Workshop, 2PM
- Tuesday, 8/4 Virtual Workshop, 6 PM
- Thursday, 8/6 Virtual Workshop, 6PM

Register here:

More information about workshops may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

021 LI Arts Grants Applications applications open August 7, 2020. The deadline for all three programs - Creative Communities,m Creative Individual, and Creative Learning - is Monday, September 21, 2020, by 3:00 PM.

- Attend Mandatory Grant Workshop: July - August 2020
- HAC accepted 2021 applications: Due September 21, 2020
- Panels meet to review applications: October - November 2020
- HAC Board of Director approves panel recommendations: November 2020
- Grant awards announced: November - December 2020
- Contract distributed: December 2020 - January 2021
- 2021 Funded Projects: January 1 - December 31, 2021
- NYSCA funding arrives and disbursed: Typically January - March 2021
- HAC Grants Award Ceremony: Spring 2021, pending receipt of NYSCA funds

Organizations may apply for up to 3 projects; however, the sum total of requests may not exceed $5,000. Organizations may apply for a Creative Communities project grant and also serve as a fiscal sponsor or community partner for an individual artist, but the sum of total requests cannot exceed $5,000.

Creative Learning will not award funding for more than 85% of applicants’ total expenses for In-School projects. Creative Learning will not award funding for more than 85% of an applicant’s total expenses for After-School or Community-based Center projects.

Creative Communities award will not fund more than 85% of applicants’ total expenses. Creative Communities applicants are required to provide a match of funds, which may be a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, representing 15% of the total project expenses budget.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online (from August 7):

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Huntington Arts Council
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 271-8423

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Nassau and Suffolk counties

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