Grants

Annually The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes distributes more than $100,000 in funds from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes to local artists and organizations in New York for community-focused arts and cultural activities and professional development opportunities.

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.

2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant Program

The ARTS Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant Program. Emergency Arts Relief Grants provide financial support to creative individuals and community groups who have experienced lost income from the postponement and/or cancellation of specific, scheduled opportunities or programs due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This grant program is generously funded and supported by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.
Find out more about the grant program here.

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

The 2020 Grant Cycle has been amended to address COVID-19. Please refer to the Emergency Arts Relief Grant for assistance with loss of income related to COVID-19 cancellations.

  • Round 1 – Friday, February 7, 2020 (application cycle closed)
  • Round 2 – Rolling Submission Deadline (application cycle closed)
  • Round 3 – Friday, October 2, 2020* (applications submission available on a rolling basis)

  • QuickARTS grants 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 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

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

*The 2021 grant cycle is now open.*

  • Teaching Artist grants support sequential, arts education projects for K-12 students through in-school or after-school projects. Grants range from $500 to $5,000. The application deadline is Friday, October 23, 2020. More information can be found on the Teaching Artist grant page. The deadline has passed.
  • Individual Artist grants support individual artists who plan to create new work in the community.  Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500. The application deadline is Friday, October 30, 2020. More information can be found on the Individual Artist grant page.
  • Community Arts grants support the activities of artists community organizations in service to local residents. Grants range from $500 to $5,000. The application deadline is Friday, November 6, 2020. More information can be found on the Community Arts grant page.

Application Support Materials

Applying to grants can often be overwhelming, but we’ve put together the following to help make the process as simple as possible:

Application Creation Sample Video

We’ve put together the following application creation video to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Budget Creation Sample Video

We’ve put together the following budget creation video to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Grant Review Panels

The ARTS Council is seeking qualified individuals to serve as review panelists for the  2020 Community Arts, Teaching Artist, & Individual Artist Grant programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to help artists and organizations carry out arts and cultural programming in your local community and schools.

More coming soon!