Community Arts Grants:


Arts in Education Grants:


                                                                                                                            *PROGRAM OVERVIEWS BELOW

The 2015 DEC Grants process for artists in schools and arts organizations IS OPEN!

Please note that the process has changed. All applications will now be submitted online and will be subject to completion of an Intent to Apply registration. Any new and returning applicant will only be sent the online submission link if they complete a successful Intent to Apply registration.       You must register your Intent to Apply by October 31st, 2014 deadline, and ALL new applicants MUST have attended a Grant Seminar.


 Click here to register your Intent to Apply.

NEW applicants must also register for an informative Grant Seminar to explain the process to you, and to assist you in submitting a successful application. NEW applicants MUST register for a seminar and note the date registered on their Intent to Apply registration.  Returning applicants may sign up for  Grant Seminar if they desire, but please make sure to read and review all information carefully if you do not register for a seminar.

DEADLINE FOR FINAL APPLICATIONS IS 12/1/2014 for the 2015 grant cycle

To repeat: Grant Seminars are now only required for NEW applicants.

You can register online for all seminars now. Click here to register for a Grant Seminar.

For more information and technical assistance with grants, please contact, or contact the Grant Coordinators listed on your application.


2015 Grantee Information

The appropriate Budget Form must be used in the grant application process. Please download the appropriate form, or print, fill it out, then scan, and attach to you final submission when asked for file uploads.

Community Arts Budget Form 2015

Arts in Education Budget Form 2015


Community Arts Grants: OVERVIEW

Community Arts Grants are for organizations in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties to put on high quality arts and culture programs in the community. Projects must have begun, completed all creative work, and encumbered all grant funding between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. This grant supports local non-profit community organizations and non-profit fiscally sponsored artists/collectives in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties for community arts and cultural projects.

The Community Arts Grant program addresses the developmental needs of a thriving arts community. The funding support enables emerging organizations and artists to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.

Non-profit organizations and individuals/groups with a non-profit fiscal sponsor can apply for this grant. Proposed arts and cultural projects must serve the residents of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. Projects should enhance access to arts in diverse communities throughout the region, support the development of rich and varied arts experiences of the highest quality, and encourage artistic expression in all disciplines and in their various forms.

The legal address of an applicant organization must lie within Albany, Rensselaer or Schenectady Counties, and the funded activity must take place within the same county as the applicant’s legal address.

This is a competitive process. Applicants may submit up to three direct requests in any combination of Community Arts and/or Arts Education Grant/Individual Artist applications totaling no more than $5,000. The maximum funding limit for any one Community Arts Grant direct request is $5,000.

A grant applicant may also serve as a fiscal sponsor for an individual/group, and may sponsor more than one applicant as the sponsored requests do not count towards the sponsor’s


three request limit or the $5,000 maximum.  A DEC applicant or grantee organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor.

Arts in Education Grants: OVERVIEW

This grant is for programs that take place in public schools based in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties. Funds support local artists and cultural organizations working in partnership with the schools.

The Arts Education Grant supports the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging k-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. The funds are designed to support arts education projects in k-12 school settings.

Individual teaching artists or cultural organizations can apply for this grant. Eligible projects must involve a direct collaboration between at least one classroom of K-12 students at a public school partner in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties and one teaching artist. Projects must take place in schools and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of three hands-on learning sessions with students. Projects should focus on integrating the arts with non-arts subjects. Arts Education grants generally support projects that are small and represent first-time or new forays into integrated arts education on the part of the applicants. Projects must have begun, completed all creative work, and encumbered all grant funding between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A written letter of commitment from the school partner to the arts organization or artist is required. The letter must outline in detail the school’s support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The principle should sign this letter of agreement and it should appear on the school letterhead. The school partner cannot be the direct applicant for this grant; the applicant must be the artist/organization.



 2014 Grantee Information

Final Report Community Arts Grant 2014
Final Report Budget Form


Final Report Arts Education 2014

Final Report Budget Form


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2014 logo and acknowledgement