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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Support Community Arts and Arts Education Projects

Auburn Public Theater Regrants (APTR): Public Arts Grants


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

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

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to support community arts and arts education projects in eligible regions. Projects may involve a variety of disciplines, including visual and literary arts, film, video, dance, theater, and music. Eligible organizations are located in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Ontario, and Yates 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. 

Public Arts grants support arts and cultural projects of community-based organizations, groups, collectives, or artists in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario counties. These grants provide partial funding to emerging professional artists and organizations of all populations whose projects promote an increase in arts activity and promise to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate. The primary criteria for a funded project are the creative vision for the project backed by sound infrastructure for its successful execution and the potential for resonance throughout the surrounding community.

Public Arts grants may support all forms of multidisciplinary projects including but not limited to: theater, dance, music, film, video, literary arts, visual arts and folk arts. All funded projects in this category must be community-based and open to the general public. Additionally, Public Arts grants may support ARTS EDUCATION, including In School, After School and Community-Based Learning for all age groups. 

What the Grant Can Cover:

  • Activities/Projects of local arts organizations including both live and virtual
  • Artist fees
  • Marketing and publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses and/or planning and preparation expenses for a proposed event
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of 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 $1000. Examples: cameras, lighting equipment, subscriptions associated with virtual programming, and training to utilize these tools 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible for nonprofit organizations.

- Applicant organization, fiscal sponsor, or partner organization must be a governmental or quasi-governmental entity, a tribal organization or a New York State non-profit incorporated organization, or have a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status. (See “Proving Non-profit Status” section below for clarification.)
- Applicant organization, fiscal sponsor, or partner organization must produce or present arts and cultural programming serving residents of Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, or Ontario counties.
- Applicant organization, fiscal sponsor, or partner organization must have a board of directors or a governing body that meets to determine and review policy.
- Applicant organization, fiscal sponsor, or partner organization must conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Individual artists may apply directly under this program by (1) enlisting an eligible non-profit organization as a “fiscal sponsor” or (2) partnering with an eligible organization that shares its goals for the community. (See the “Fiscal Sponsorship and Partner Organizations” section below for more information.)
o Lead applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the submission and may not be enrolled in full-time degree program.
- Applicant organization or artist or fiscal sponsor must be legally located (i.e., not a seasonal resident or local branch of an organization registered elsewhere) in the county where the activity will take place. If working with a partner organization, both application organization/artist and partner organization must be based in the county where the proposed activity is taking place.
- Minimum of (3) sequential, skill-based learning sessions incorporating one or more art forms (if the project is an arts education-based program)
- In-depth, age and skills-appropriate learning opportunities.
- Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning, which may culminate into exhibitions, productions or demonstrations.
- Funds should primarily be directed toward artist fees, but may include scholarship support, administrative support and cost of materials.
- Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes.
- Applicants focused on arts education must have a means of programmatic evaluation.

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

The applicant of record for any Arts Education program must be an individual teaching artist, collective, or a nonprofit cultural organization. Artists from outside the county may use a local nonprofit conduit in the project county to apply as fiscal sponsor.

Project must occur in the same county as the applying artist, fiscal sponsor, or organization’s legal residence.

Schools may not apply directly for Public Arts grant funding.

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 to apply through and will be directed from there to register for Submittable.

Auburn Public Theater notifies all applicants by email 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.

Pubic Arts grants should fund up to 50% of the project's total cash expenses but never more than 75% of the total cash expenses. You may apply for a maximum of 75% of the total cost of your proposed project. Your project budget must demonstrate that a minimum of 25% of the proposed project income comes from other funding sources. This can include in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions must be noted on the budget page.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $500 to $5000.

Term of Contract
Projects must be 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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