NYSCA DEC Arts Grants

These grants are intended to support arts and cultural programming and the creation of artworks in Erie and Niagara Counties.  Administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. (ASI) and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

*NOTE: This year there is a new way to submit your DEC grant applications.  We have transitioned to an all online grants system and encourage you to attend an information session to learn more.

2017 FUNDING AVAILABLE

The COMMUNITY ARTS DEC GRANT

is a competitive grant that provides financial and technical assistance for community-based arts activities offered by eligible nonprofit organizations and/or individual artists with community partners in Erie and Niagara Counties.

**Requests can be made between $500 – $5,000.

Guidelines & Eligibility

The ARTS EDUCATION DEC GRANT

is a competitive grant that provides financial and technical assistance to eligible organizations and/or individual artists to support arts education projects in K-12 public school and publicly funded charter school settings and after-school programs.  Funds can support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school settings for youth.

**Requests can be made between $500 – $5,000.

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

The INDIVIDUAL ARTIST DEC GRANT

is a grant intended to support the creation of new work that engages the community through the artists’ creative process. Artists 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 in all disciplines while encouraging interaction between artists and community members to highlight the role of the artist as a community resource.

**Requests are a flat $2,500 commission.

Guidelines & Eligibility
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At our grant information sessions, held annually in August and September, the DEC Coordinator will offer grant writing tips and best practices to help you or your organization to prepare and apply for these and other grants.

Professional development and technical assistance is offered by ASI year-round.

*NOTE: 2017 New York State Council on the Arts direct applicants, or those that have applied for a 2017 REDC (Regional Economic Development Council) NYSCA grant are NOT eligible to apply for these grants.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All applications are to be completed through our NEW online system.  There are two options below:

1.) Click the first button to preview the online application.  (NOTE: This is a preview option only, you must click the second button to actually start the registration process).

2.) Click the second button to begin the registration process and complete your application.

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THIS APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Submission Deadlines

Information Sessions August & September 2016
Draft Application Due September 28, 2016 – 12PM
Final Application Due October 14, 2016 – 12PM
Funding Announcements December 2016

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Information sessions are mandatory for NEW applicants; optional but HIGHLY encouraged for everyone due to the new online application process.

RSVP at info@asiwny.org or call 362.8389 x512

ERIE COUNTY

  • Wednesday, August 17
    1:15pm
    Eggerstville-Snyder Library (4622 Main Street, Snyder, NY)
  • Wednesday, August 24
    3:00pm
    Aurora Town Library (550 Main Street, East Aurora, NY)
  • Thursday, August 25
    11:30am
    Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens Administration Building (2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY)
  • Monday, August 29
    5:30pm
    Clarence Public Library (3 Town Place, Clarence, NY)
  • Thursday, September 1
    2:00pm
    Springville Center for the Arts (37 N Buffalo Street, Springville, NY)
  • Wednesday, September 7
    1:00pm
    Frank E. Merriweather Library (1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY)
  • LAST CHANCE
    Monday, September 12
    5:30pm
    ASI Offices (95 Perry Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, NY)

NIAGARA COUNTY

  • Thursday, August 18
    3:30pm
    Lewiston Library (305 S 8th Street, Lewiston, NY)
  • Wednesday, August 31
    3:00pm
    Lockside Art Center (21 Main Street, Lockport, NY)
  • Tuesday, September 6
    1:30pm
    Buffalo Suzuki Strings (4 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY)
  • Thursday, September 8
    5:30pm
    Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (1201 Pine Street, Niagara Falls, NY)

PAST DEC GRANT RECIPIENTS & PANELISTS

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2016 AWARDEES
2015 AWARDEES
2014 AWARDEES
2013 AWARDEES

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