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Community Arts Grants

The Community Arts Grants Decentralization Program (DEC) is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). This program provides funding to community-based not-for-profit organizations and artists sponsored by these agencies. Decentralization funds are also available to local municipalities, towns and villages for cultural and arts programming. These funds are intended to support programs and services with strong public components providing direct benefit to county residents.

The program also offers Individual Artist Grants for the creation of a new, original body of work that engages the community in the creative process through dialogue, reflection, or active participation.

Community Arts Grants: Project Support, Individual Artist and Arts Education
Applications for the Community Arts Grants Fund (Decentralization Program) for Columbia County are available for the 2015 funding cycle.

Could your nonprofit use a boost to its arts programming? Are you an artist/musician/individual with an idea for an interesting program with a strong public benefit? Do you represent a village, library, conservation group or other nonprofit that wishes to sponsor a literature, music, film, or visual arts project in your neighborhood? An individual artist who has a community-inspired idea for a body of new original work? An artist or artistic group that would like to collaborate with a subject or grade level teacher on a project in a K-12 public school? We can help!

Community Arts Grants include three categories of support:
Project Support Grants can provide up to $5,000 for high quality, accessible cultural & arts programs in Columbia County that benefit its residents. Nonprofit orgs, towns, villages, etc. registered in Columbia County are eligible unless already receiving NYSCA funding. Individuals or unincorporated collectives may also apply with a local nonprofit sponsor as community partner. Average grants $1,200 – $1500. Application Deadline October 18, 2014.

Individual Artist Grants offer $2,500 to artists (visual, performing, or literary) for the creation of a new original work that significantly advances the work of the artist AND actively engages in a dialogue with the community. In the context of this program “Community” can be defined as geographic, racial, ethnic, or philosophical. “Community engagement” can be accomplished through setting; interaction between artist and public; public participation and input; presentation and discourse, etc. These grants are not artist fellowships and are intended to support original works by individuals interested in working in dialogue with a community. Deadline October 25, 2014.

Arts Education Partnership Grants provide $500 – $2500 awards for artists or arts groups to work in a K-12 public school setting in their county in collaboration with teachers. Artists from outside the county may apply through a nonprofit conduit. Minimum 3 sessions. Applications submitted by the artist/collective, not by the school and applicable to the fall 2014 – spring 2015 school year. Deadline July 31, 2014.

All 3 categories of funding are competitive and proposals are reviewed by local individuals who are sensitive to the needs and challenges specific to Columbia County artists and small nonprofits. There will be a series of free informational workshops in your county to clarify eligibility and guidelines. Guidance and extensive support is available to all applicants. New applicants should either attend one single-session informational workshop or meet with our Director of Community Arts & Arts Ed grants. Call or email at (518) 943-3400 or before submitting an application.

Arts Education Workshops:
Contact Colette or 943-3400 for questions and one-on-one project specific assistance.

Sat, Aug 23
Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren St, Hudson.
10:00–11:30 AM

Thurs, Sept 11
Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main St, Catskill.
6:00–7:30 PM

Individual Artist Workshops:
Saturday, Sept 13
Columbia County – Location to be announced.
10:00–11:00 AM

Thurs, Sept 18
Windham Library, Main St, Windham.
6:00–7:30 PM

2015 Applications:
Link to: Arts Education Grant Guideline pdf
Link to: Arts Education Grant Application pdf
Link to: Project Support Grant Guidelines pdf

Project Support Grant Application:
Link to Download: FY15-Community-Arts-Grants-Budget-Sheet-v2 document
Link to Download: FY15-Community-Arts-Grants-Project-Support-Application document
Link to: Sample Partnership Agreement pdf
Link to: Individual Artist Grant Guidelines & Application pdf

Final Report Forms for 2014 Project Support:
(due 30 days after completion of project)
Final Report Form Project Support 2014 pdf
Final Report Form Individual Artist 2014 pdf

The Decentralization Program (DEC) is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia, Greene &. Schoharie Counties by Greene County Council on the Arts.

Linda Arnaud Individual Artist Grant Awarded

Applications will soon be available for the 2014 LINDA ARNAUD MEMORIAL AWARD. Watch for the downloadable application and deadline date.

The Columbia County Council on the Arts announces the application process for the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund Individual Artist Grant is open.Through a competitive process, the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund, using CCCA as the administrator, will award a Columbia County visual artist who works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media or photography, a grant in the amount of $2,500. The primary goal of this support is to significantly advance the work of the artist. The project must result in the creation of new work.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: All applicants MUST meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Columbia County.
  • Artist must be at least of 18 years of age and not a full time student.
  • The artistic project MUST be completed within the calendar year of 2014.
  • The work must be in the visual arts.
  • The project MUST clearly demonstrate the advancement of the artist’s work.
  • There MUST be some type of tangible finished work at the end of the grant period. At the option of the Linda Arnaud Memorial Fund, the finished work may be presented in some form of an exhibition.

Arts in Education

CCCA has been working to assess the state of the arts education in Columbia County’s schools. As a first step, an Arts Education Survey was developed and sent to each of the County’s 24 schools. Results were then tabulated and presented at a Roundtable workshop for administrative and teaching staff. The objective of the Roundtable was to present survey findings and, with the help of participants, develop "Next Steps" for CCCA to pursue in expanding arts education opportunities for the schools. If you are interested in participating in this program, e-mail us at

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