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Grants to New York Artists to Create Artwork that Engages the Public

Auburn Public Theater Regrants (APTR) : Individual Artist Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, or Ontario counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/14/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of $2,500 to New York artists to create artwork that engages the public in eligible regions. The purpose of the program is to encourage artists to interact with the community and produce pieces that reflect that community. Projects may involve a range of disciplines including theater, dance, music, film, and visual arts. Eligible artists are located in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, or Ontario counties.

APTR is committed to supporting diverse cultural expression. The focus of the program includes:

  • Support for regional artists by providing them with the resources to create new works, while increasing their visibility
  • Helping regional nonprofit organizations grow sustainably as they serve the cultural, artistic and educational needs of their respective communities
  • Provide support for a wide variety of artistic disciplines including diverse multi-cultural projects
  • To help foster partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations with the goal of bringing the arts to areas with limited access to arts programming
  • To encourage new artists and organizations to apply for APTR funding. These include the rural, minority and underserved populations of the region. 

Underserved communities are comprised of individuals who have limited access to arts programs, services, or resources and may be marginalized due to geography, race, economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or other factors. 

Individual Artist Grants support creative artists in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario counties. The purpose of these grants is to support artists in the creation of new work and to foster and strengthen the connection between artists and their communities. The primary criteria for funded projects are the quality of submitted work samples and the quality of proposed community engagement. An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project. 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 social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interview with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project. Individual Artist grants may support the following types of projects: theater, dance, music, film, video, literary arts, visual arts, folk arts, and multi-disciplinary work. This list is not exhaustive, however. All funded projects in this category must engage the community in some capacity. 

What the Grant Can Cover:

  • Activities/Projects of local arts organizations including both live and virtual
  • Artist fees
  • Project costs
  • Marketing and 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 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only individual artists are eligible for this program.

- Artist must reside in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, or Ontario counties.
- Artist must have been a New York State resident for at least two years prior to the date of application.
- Artist must be at least eighteen years of age.
- Artist must not be a matriculated student.
- Artists that are applying for the Public Arts grant through a sponsoring organization can also apply for this grant, but not for the same project.

If you have received funding in the past, you are eligible to apply again.

Project must occur in the same county as the artist’s legal residence.

Work that is already completed cannot be funded.

For information regarding ineligible applicants and uses of funds, see:

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be uploaded to Submittable by 11:59 P.M. on February 14th, 2024.

Applicants must register for the site and will be directed from there to register for Submittable.

Auburn Public Theater notifies all applicants by e-mail regarding the status of their application after panel review.

A single applicant is able to submit up to three (3) project requests for Public Arts and Individual Artist categories. The maximum total request amount cannot exceed $5,000.

Sponsored applications are exempt from the three-request limit; however, any artist also applying for an Individual Artist Grant cannot request more than $2,500 in Public Arts Grants.

Number of Grants
A maximum of 4 Individual Artists can be funded per county.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants awarded are for $2,500.

Term of Contract
Artist’s new work must be created and completed during the funding cycle.

Contact Information

Dominic Gambaiani, Executive Assistant/Regrants Coordinator

Auburn Public Theater
8 Exchange Street
Auburn, NY 13021
PO Box 771

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