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 Local Grant Opportunities for Artists and Organizations:

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

  • Individual Artist Grants support the creation of new work by an individual artist that reflects their local community. Projects must be accessible to the general public and may include gallery exhibitions, public performances and installations, and more.
  • Teaching Arts Grants support sequential, arts education projects for K-12 students.
    • Applicants can choose one of two project stands: In-School Projects taking place during the School Day or After-School Projects taking place at a School or Community Center.
  • Community Arts Grants support arts and cultural activities of organizations, towns, and artists in service to the community. Projects must be open to the general public and may include workshops, concerts, theatrical productions, public art, and more. 

Application deadlines are staggered throughout the month of October:

  • Teaching Artist Grant - Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Individual Artist Grant - Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Community Arts Grant - Monday, October 30, 2017

Each grant program has a specific set of guidelines that detail eligibility requirements, criteria, other important information


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

  • QuickARTS grants (2017 Round 3 Deadline - October 9, 2017) 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 (2017 Round 3 Deadline - October 9, 2017) 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 one statewide regrant programs for NYSCA, Presentation Funds

  • Presentations Funds grants (The final round of this grant program is coming up on Monday, August 7, 2017) support New York State non-profit organizations for in-person presentations by independent media artists.

Application Submission:

All applications are submitted online:

Application Support:

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):

Current Seminars and Webinars for Grant Opportunities:

For the 2018 Community Arts, Individual Artist, and Teaching Artist grant programs, new applicants are required to attend one application seminar or webinar, however, all applicants are encouraged to attend. Please see the Seminar & Webinar Schedule for dates, times, and locations.

Grant Review Panels:

We are currently looking for review panelists from Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tigoa counties to serve on grants panels for the 2018 Commnunity Arts, Individual Artist, and Teaching Artist Grant programs.

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