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).
2018 FUNDING AVAILABLE
*NOTE: 2018 New York State Council on the Arts direct applicants, or those that have applied for a 2018 REDC (Regional Economic Development Council) NYSCA grant are NOT eligible to apply for these grants.
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.
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.
AFTER-SCHOOL arts and cultural programs are 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.
At our grant information sessions, held annually in July and August, 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 on a variety of topics and disciplines including personalized one-on-one board trainings.
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.
Information sessions are mandatory for NEW applicants; optional but HIGHLY encouraged for everyone due to the new online application process.
RSVP at email@example.com or call 362.8389 x512
NEW THIS YEAR: We will have an informational video available that will cover the application process and online grant portal. Please watch this video FIRST before attending an information session or scheduling a meeting with the DEC Grant Coordinator.
Wednesday, July 19 – 3:30pm
Lewiston Public Library (305 S 8th St., Lewiston)
Monday, July 24 – 3pm
Aurora Town Library (550 Main St, East Aurora)
Tuesday, August 1 – 5:30pm
Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (1201 Pine Street, Niagara Falls)
Thursday, August 10 – 2pm
Springville Center for the Arts (Vacanti Classroom – 37 North Buffalo St., Springville)
Tuesday, August 15 – 1pm
Frank E. Merriweather Library (1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo)