Artist Development Grants

The 2020 Round 3 application cycle is now open. Please note, changes have been made to reflect COVID-19. Please refer to the grant guidelines further down this page. If you are in need of assistance for loss of income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, please see the Emergency Arts Relief Grant program.

Artist Development grants provide up to $500 for exhibitions, residencies, classes, and other opportunities that assist the professional growth of local artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties.Artist Development grants are administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes with funding from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

Awards are given three times a year and amounts range from $50 to $500. Previously funded opportunities include residences and exhibitions in Corning, Ithaca, Alfred, Maine, Nebraska, Germany, and Thailand.

Read more detailed information on eligibility and qualifications in the Artist Development grant guidelines:

Artist Development Grant Guidelines Artist Development Grant Guidelines
Birdget Van Otterloo
Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, Soaring Gardens Artist Residency (Photo Credit: Bridget Bossart van Otterloo)

Application Submission

There are three application rounds per year. The 2020 application deadlines are:

  • Friday, February 7, 2020
  • There is no Round 2 submission for this grant program.
  • Friday, October 2, 2020

All applications are submitted online.

Start Your Online Application

All successfully submitted online 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 to complete the budget form such as Google Drive or Open Office. Details for uploading the budget form are found within the online application.

Download the Budget Form Here Download the Budget Form Here

Application Support and Assistance

All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss an opportunity before submitting an application.  For assistance, guidance, or questions please email Chris Walters, The ARTS Council’s Grants Manager & Gallery Curator.  Effective application writing tips will provide further support as you complete your application.

Grant Recipient Marketing and Promotion

The ARTS Council is eager to help grantees share and promote all grant funded projects and events.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Remember to credit funding with language found in your acceptance agreement.
  • Share your event on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Submit your event to local calendars such as The ARTS Council’s, WSKG, or local Chambers of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureaus.
  • At least 2 weeks prior to an event or activity, submit your information to The ARTS Council’s calendar.  Please remember to include all relevant information – name, event title, location, date, time, fees, brief description, and which grant program provided funding.

Grant Reporting

  • Final reports can be submitted online.
  • Refer to your acceptance agreement for all other reporting requirements.