2018 Community Arts Grants

Community Arts grants support arts and cultural activities of artists and organizations in service to residents in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties. These activities increase the value of the arts as an integral part of the community and make the arts accessible to all.

Finger Lakes Puppet Theatre, 2017 Community Arts Grant recipient

Examples of previously funded projects includes mural creation, summer concert series, poetry readings, folk art programing, and glassmaking workshops.

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available to artists and nonprofit organizations. More detailed information on eligibilty and qualification is found in the grant guidelines:

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, October 30, 2017.

All submitted applications must include a completed budget form. The budget form is an Excel spreadsheet. If you don't have Microsoft Office, there are a number of free options available such as Google Drive or Open Office.


Applying to grants can often seem difficult, but we've put together the following documents to help make the process as simple as possible:


Additionally, we've put together the following application creation and budget creation videos to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

If you're looking for local artists to work with, take a look at our Artist Member Directory or contact us for help connecting you with local artists.

New applicants are also required to attend one application seminar or webinar. Please see the Seminar & Webinar Schedule for dates, times, and locations. The following is a brief version of the seminar information (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council's Grants Manager & Gallery Curator, via email or at 607-962-1332 x205 for more information and assistance on this or other grant programs.
This grant is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program and is administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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