ARTs Council of the Southern Fingers Lakes Grant Application Seminar

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 2:00pm

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is pleased to announce the 2014 Decentralization (DEC) grant program. 

DEC grants are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the ARTS (NYSCA), a state agency, and administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council). DEC grants provide support to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for arts related programs in all disciplines occurring in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties during the 2014 calendar year. The DEC program has three funding categories: Community Arts, Arts Education and Artist Crossroads.

Community Arts

The Community Arts (CA) category supports the activities of artists, arts groups and community organizations in service to community residents. CA grants increase the value and recognition for the arts and artists as an integral part of the community, work to enhance cultural dialogue and respect for the cultural legacies of the community, increase visibility for the arts in the community and make art as accessible as possible to the public. Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available for individual artists and nonprofit organizations.


Application Information


This year we are proudly introducing an online application system that will create a more efficient and simplified application process for all applicants. While both online and paper applications are accepted, we highly encourage all applicants to complete an online application.


For more information please visit our website here where you'll find the following:

  • Guidelines on each DEC grant program
  • A link to the online application
  • Paper applications and budget forms
  • Fiscal sponsorship information (for artists and organizations without non-profit status)
  • Tips on writing an effective application

Application Seminars


All interested applicants are required to attend either an in-person application seminar or an online application seminar (webinar) that will occur throughout The ARTS Council's four-county region.



Please contact Chris Walters, the Community Arts Manager, at or 607-962-1332 x205 for assistance and guidance.   


The application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, October 4, 2013