Community Arts Grants

*The 2019 grant cycle is now now closed.

2019 Community Arts Grant

Community Arts grants support arts and cultural activities of artists and organizations in service to residents in 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 Monday, October 29, 2018. Applications are submitted online.

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.

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 application creation video to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Budget Creation 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):

Seminars & Webinars

New applicants are required to attend one application seminar or webinar, however, all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a seminar or webinar:

Seminar & Webinar Schedule


The following is a brief video of the seminar. Seminars and webinars will include more in-depth information and discussion on the information found in the video (Please note this video is not yet updated with 2019 information, however, can still serve as a valuable resource):

Assistance, Marketing, & Final Reporting

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. All grant recipients are encouraged to market their project throughout the community. All grant recipients are required to submit a final report.

Grant Review Panels

We are currently looking for review panelists from Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties to serve on grants panels for the 2019 Community Arts, Individual Artist, and Teaching Artist Grant programs.

Submit Your Grant Review Panel Interest Form



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.