NYSCA DEC GRANTS

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

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

Dates and details for 2021 funding coming soon.

2020 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: Anyone who applies directly to NYSCA or the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) in a given year are NOT eligible to apply to DEC that year regardless of the funding status.

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.

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 registration process, where you can save progress or complete the application
Preview or Start the Application

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Information Sessions Summer 2020
Draft of Application Due Coming soon
Final Application Due Coming soon
Funding Announcements Coming soon

FUNDING CATEGORIES

COMMUNITY ARTS DEC GRANT

The Community Arts DEC Grant is provides financial and technical assistance for community-based arts activities that are offered 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.

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 are a flat commission of $2,500.

Guidelines & Eligibility
AFTER-SCHOOL arts and cultural programs are eligible for funding under the Arts Education category.

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

At our grant information sessions and workshops, ASI’s Grants and Programming Director will offer grant-writing tips and best practices to help you or your organization prepare and apply for a DEC grant. 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 new applicants and highly encouraged for everyone.

DEC Info Session dates and locations for summer 2019:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Niagara Arts & Cultural Center
    1201 Pine Ave. (Niagara Falls)
    5:30 PM

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Springville Center for the Arts
    37 N Buffalo St. (Springville)
    2 PM

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
    1324 Jefferson Ave. (Buffalo)
    1 PM

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Carnegie Art Center
    240 Goundry St. (North Tonawanda)
    6 PM

  • NEED HELP COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION? WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND OUR ONLINE GRANTS PORTAL.

DEC GRANT WRITING TIPS

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PAST DEC GRANT RECIPIENTS & PANELISTS

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