Community Arts Grants

The 2022 grant cycle is now closed. Award notifications will be sent by the end of January, 2022.

2022 Community Arts Grant

Community Arts grants support arts and cultural activities of artists and organizations in service to residents in Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties. These activities increase the value of the arts as an integral part of the community and make the arts accessible to all.

Examples of previously funded projects includes mural creation, summer concert series, poetry readings, folk art programing, and glassmaking workshops.

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available to artists and nonprofit organizations. More detailed information on eligibility and qualification is found in the grant guidelines.

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, December 10, 2021.

Application Submission, Guidelines, & Budget Form

All applications must be submitted online using our on online application system and must also include a separate, 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.

Please note, there is an issue downloading the budget form using Google Chrome. If using Google Chrome and you click on the budget form link and nothing happens, do the following:

Right click the link and choose the option “copy link”. Open a new tab in your browser and paste the link. The budget form should now download.

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 Video

We’ve put together the following video to help make the online application process as simple as possible (Please note, slight variations exist in applications for different grant programs, but this video is still a good introduction in how to complete the online application):

Budget Creation Video

We’ve put together the following budget creation video to help make the process as simple as possible. (Please note, slight variations exist in budgets for different grant programs, but this video is still a good introduction in how to fill out a budget form):

Application Support & Information Sessions

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their application before submitting.

Additionally, we will conduct a series of optional information sessions where applicants can go more in-depth on specific topics related to the application process.

The following are remaining session topics along with dates and times:

The above session will be conducted online via Zoom.

Additionally, Chris will be in Gowanda and Olean on Monday, November 1 for Grant Q&A Meet and Greets. He’ll be at Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater from 1pm to 2:30pm and then at the Olean Public Library from 4pm to 5:30pm. This will be a relaxed and casual meet and greet to meet with past and potential applicants, hear about their work, and answer any questions they might have.

Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council’s Grants Manager & Gallery Curator, at to discuss these your project or for other assistance on these grants, including review of draft applications.


This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program (SCR), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.