Grant Programs

Annually, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes distributes more than $140,000 in funds from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes to local and statewide artists and organizations in New York for community-focused arts and cultural activities, professional development opportunities, and project completion support. The ARTS Council administers grants to primarily Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties. Visit the NYSCA Decentralization site list to see which arts organization administers grants in your county.

Current Seminars and Webinars for Grant Opportunities:

All grant seminars and webinars for the 2017 Community Arts, Artist Crossroads, and Public School Teaching Artist grants will begun soon. If you are intersted in applying to one of these grant programs, please see the schedule.

Current Local Grant Opportunities for Artists and Organizations:

NYSCA Decentralization Funded Grants (for Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties in NY State)

  • 2017 Public School Teaching Artist grants (application deadline Tuesday, October 11, 2016) support the role that local artists and/or cultural organizations play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences and focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.  Grants range from $500 to $5,000.  More information can be found on the Public School Teaching Artist grant page.
  • 2017 Artist Crossroads grants (application deadline Monday, October 17, 2016) support individual artists who plan to create new and unique, site-specific public arts projects occurring in non-arts venue.  Grants are for $2,500.  More information can be found on the Artist Crossroads grant page.
  • 2017 Community Arts grants (application deadline Monday, October 24, 2016support the activities of artists, arts groups, and community organizations in service to local residents.  Grants range from $500 to $5,000.  More information can be found on the Community Arts grant page.

Community Foundation Funded Grants (for Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties)

  • QuickARTS grants (2016 Round 3 Deadline - October 7, 2016) support short-term community focused arts and cultural activities in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.  Grants are given three times a year and amounts range from $50 to $500.  More information can be found on the QuickARTS grant page.
  • Artist Development grants (2016 Round 3 Deadline - October 7, 2016) support artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties in opportunities that will significantly benefit their work and career development.  Grants are given three times a year and amounts range from $50 to $500.  More information can be found on the Artist Development grant page.

Current New York Statewide Grant Opportunities for Artists and Organizations:

The ARTS Council has administered two statewide regrant programs for NYSCA, Presentation Funds and Finishing Funds:

  • Presentations Funds grants (The 2016 application cycle has passed) support New York State non-profit organizations for in-person presentations by independent media artists.
  • Finishing Funds grants (The 2016 application cycle has passed) support artists in the completion/post production of film, video, sound, new media, and Web-based work.

Updated information for the 2017 application cycle will be posted in late Fall 2016.

Grant Review Panels:

We are currently looking for review panelists from Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tigoa counties to serve on grants panels for the 2017 Commnunity Arts, Artist Crossroads, and Public School Teaching Artist Grant programs.

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