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Individual Artist Grant

Grants to New York Artists in Greene, Schoharie, and
Columbia Counties to Create New Public Works of Art

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Funding Source:

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Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to New York artists in Greene, Schoharie, and Columbia Counties for professional development and community engagement. All applicants must attend a seminar. Funding is primarily intended to substantially promote the artist's work. Eligible projects must lead to the creation of new work, and the local community must be actively involved in some way during the artist’s creative process.

These grants are not artist fellowships but are intended to support original works by creative artists interested in working within a community setting; therefore, the project must engage a segment of the community through a public program. “Community” can be defined as geographic, racial, ethnic, or philosophical. Finished projects may contain an (optional) presentation component.

Eligibility Requirements:
- The project must clearly demonstrate the advancement of the artist’s work.
- The new work ust engage the community in some way through the artist’s creative process. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project, or public program such as a performance or exhibition.
- There must be some type of tangible finished work at the end of the grant period such as finished poems, photographs, video, CD, etc. The finished work may also be presented in the form of an exhibition, performance, etc. but this is optional.

Review Criteria:
- Artistic Merit
- Community
- Innovation
- Administration

For additional information about review criteria, see page 3 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186346

Number of Grants:

One artist in each county will receive a grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Individual Artist Grant will award an artist in each county a grant in the amount of $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The artistic project must take place within the calendar year of 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility criteria:
- Resident of Greene, Columbia, or Schoharie County.
- Artist must be at least of 18 years of age and not a full time student.
- Applicants should be at a mature stage of their expression and technically proficient.
- Applicant must not have been awarded a DEC Individual Artist grant in the past 3 years.

Applicants, or an applicant’s partner organizations who have applied directly to New York State Council on the Arts in 2019 for 2020 funds are ineligible to apply.

- Capital expenditures
- Scholarships or fellowships
- Projects that are mainly recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic
- Operating expenses of privately owned facilities (e.g., homes and studios)
- Any debt whatsoever
- Any activity paying children (under 18 years of age)
- Student projects

A NYSCA grantee may offer their venue gratis to a DEC funded project, and the DEC grantee may pay for any direct costs related to the use of the venue such as custodial, electricity, etc. however:
- The NYSCA grantee must not handle box office or ticketing
- The NYSCA grantee must not profit from the DEC program (i.e. ticket sales, donations, etc.)
- The program must not be advertised as part of the NYSCA grantees season/programming.

For a list of activities that funding cannot support, see page 4 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants must attend a seminar to increase chances of a competitive proposal and keep current with new guidelines. Please note that you must attend a workshop in the county in which your project takes place.

July Workshops:
- July 9, 2019, Schoharie Country, 6:00 - 7:00, Middleburgh Library, Middleburgh
- July 10, 2019, Columbia County, 6:30-7:30, Valatie Community Theater, Valatie
- July 11, 2019, Columbia County, 6:00-7:00, Germantown Library, Germantown
- July 22, 3019, Greene County, 7:00 - 8:00, Cairo Library, Cairo

August Workshops:
- August 5, 2019, Columbia County, 3:00-4:00, Philmont Library, Philmont
- August 6, 2019, Schoharie County, 6:30-7:30 Sharon Springs Library, Sharon Springs
- August 20, 2019, Greene County, 6:00-7:00, Mountain Top Library, Tannersville
- August 22, 2019, Schoharie County, 6:00-7:00, Cobleskill Library, Cobleskill
- August 28, 2019, Greene County, 6:30-7:30, Heermance Library, Coxsackie

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for 2020 applications
- One-on-one meetings: September 6, 2019. One-on-one meetings with your coordinator will be available on a case-by-case basis.
- Draft reviews: September 13, 2019, 11AM
- Final submissions: September 30, 2019, 5PM

All Individual Artist applicants are encouraged to meet with their Grant Coordinator well before submitting their grant. Returning applicants should use the same SmarterSelect account that you used last year.

DEC funds cannot account for any more than 75% of the total expenses.

Contact Information:

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

Columbia County online application:

Greene County online application:

Schoharie County online application:

Margaret Uhalde, Greene County and Columbia County Grants Coordinator
(518) 943-3400

Dennis Shaw, Schoharie Grants Coordinator

Greene County Council on the Arts
398 Main Street
PO Box 463
Catskill, NY 12414

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties