2017 Public School Teaching Artist Grants

The 2017 DEC Program has ended. Please be on the lookout soon for the launch of the 2018 program.

Public School Teaching Artist grants enhance the artistic and cultural climate in our communities and make arts and culture accessible to all by supporting the activities of artists and community organizations in schools in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties.

Regional Science & Discovery Center, Pinhole Photography, 2016 Public School Teaching Artist Grant Recipient

Examples of recently funded projects include photography workshops, claymation moviemaking, dinosaur museums, and Native American art 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 Tuesday, October 11, 2016. 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 be overwhelming, but we've put together the following to help make the process as simple as possible:


Applicants are also required to attend one application seminar or webinar:

For information on previously funded projects, please view the 2016 grant recipients.
Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council's Grants Manager, via email or at 607-962-1332 x205 for more information and assistance on this or other grant programs. Final reports for previously funded grant projects can be submitted online.
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.
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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