NYSCA DEC GRANTS

The Decentralization (DEC) grant supports arts and culture programming and the creation of new artworks in Erie and Niagara counties. It is administered by Arts Services Inc. (ASI) and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Various 2020 DEC grant recipients share why DEC funding means so much to them and helps ensure their success.

Click here to view a list of the 2020 DEC grant recipients.

2021 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

ASI’s DEC grants provide support for arts projects presented by any organization or individual in Erie or Niagara counties.  Anyone who applies directly to NYSCA or the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) in a given year is not eligible to apply for DEC funding that year regardless of funding status.

Due to COVID-19, there have been some slight changes made to the DEC program. Attendance at one of our information sessions is mandatory for all 2021 DEC applicants regardless of whether or not you have applied for this fund in the past. The majority of information sessions will be held virtually. If you lack access to internet or the technology required to attend a virtual session, please contact Holly Grant at 716-833-3004 x512 or holly@asiwny.org to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

All applications must be completed through our online grant portal. If you have applied for a grant through ASI in the past, do not create a new account in the grants portal. If you’ve forgotten your login information, please email Holly Grant at holly@asiwny.org.

If you require assistance or access to a computer or internet to complete your application, please contact Holly at 716-833-3004 x512 or holly@asiwny.org to set up an appointment.

Our online grant portal allows you to:

    1. Preview the online application, where you can review the application without creating an account or signing in.
    2. Begin the application process, where you can save drafts and complete an application.
Preview or Start the Application

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Applications Open September 21, 2020
Information Sessions Fall 2020 (see below)
Deadline for Draft Review November 18, 2020 at noon
Final Application Due December 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Funding Announcements February 2021

FUNDING CATEGORIES

COMMUNITY ARTS DEC GRANT

The Community Arts DEC Grant provides financial and technical assistance for community-based arts activities that are presented by eligible nonprofit organizations and/or individual artists with community partners in Erie and Niagara counties.

Requests can be made between $500 and $5,000.

Guidelines & Eligibility

ARTS EDUCATION DEC GRANT

The Arts Education DEC Grant provides financial and technical assistance to eligible organizations and/or individual artists to support arts education projects in K-12 public schools, publicly funded charter schools, and after-school programs within Erie and Niagara counties.

Requests can be made between $500 and $5,000.

Guidelines & Eligibility

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST DEC GRANT

The Individual Artist DEC Grant is intended to support the creation of a new work that engages the community through an artist’s creative process. Artists of all disciplines residing in Erie and Niagara counties are eligible to apply for this grant for community-based projects. The goal of this grant is to support the creative work of individual artists, encourage interaction between artists and county residents, and highlight the role of the artist as a community resource.

Requests can be made between $1,000 and $2,500.

Guidelines & Eligibility

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Attendance at one of our information sessions is mandatory for all 2021 DEC applicants regardless of whether or not you have applied for this fund in the past.

At our grant information sessions, ASI’s Grants and Programming Director will review the guidelines and offer grant-writing tips and best practices to help you / your organization prepare your DEC application. ASI also offers technical assistance and professional development opportunities on a year-round basis that often cover a variety of grants-related topics.

Information sessions are mandatory for all 2021 DEC applicants regardless of whether or not you have applied to this fund in the past.

In order to keep everyone safe, our DEC information sessions will be held virtually. If you lack access to internet or the technology required to attend a virtual session, please contact Holly Grant at 716-833-3004 x512 or holly@asiwny.org to schedule a one-on-one consultation. ASI’s office does have wifi and extra computers available to use on site; however, you must schedule an appointment to come in as our office is not yet open to the public.

The dates and times for our 2021 DEC Information Sessions are listed below. These sessions will be held virtually. Presentation will last between 45-60 minutes and will be followed by a 60-minute work session for anyone who wants assistance with or to ask specific questions about their application.

Please register at the link beneath each session to receive the link and call in details for that presentation. Attendance will be taken at each session as well to ensure all applicants attended at least one information session.

DEC Grant Writing Tips from ASI

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Tips to Write Strong Grant Applications from the Cullen Foundation

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PAST DEC GRANT RECIPIENTS & PANELISTS

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2020 AWARDEES
2019 AWARDEES
2018 AWARDEES
2017 AWARDEES
2016 AWARDEES
2015 AWARDEES
2014 AWARDEES
2013 AWARDEES

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