Community Arts Grants fund projects that are open to the community they serve and allow the citizens of that community to interact directly with art. Applicants can apply for Community Arts Grants of up to $5,000 to execute their project. Projects must be accessible to all and creatively connect community and art.

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT GUIDELINES

Our application platform allows you to save your progress and return to your application at anytime. However, due to the limitations in our application platform, applicants can only view one section of the application at a time while applying. If you would like to view the Community Arts Grant Application in its entirety, you are welcome to click the link below to download a PDF of the Community Arts Grant.

*NOTE*: Preview copies of the Community Arts Grant Application are provided only as a curtesy to applicants. Paper applications or PDF applications submitted via mail, in person, or through email will not be accepted. Only applications submitted through the official online application portal will be accepted.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT?

      • Community Arts Grant Applicants must be:
1. A 501(c)(3) or New York State non-profit organization with an active board of trustees either incorporated in NY state or registered to do business in NY State located in Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County.
2. A government or quasi-governmental entity, or tribal organization located in Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County. 

Or

3. An individual artist, group of artists, or unincorporated entity who is working with an eligible fiscal sponsor  located in Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County. Learn more about Fiscal Sponsors here.
  • All applicants must be located within Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga Counties or utilizing a Fiscal Sponsor located therein.
  • Projects must be located within the same county as the applicant (or Fiscal Sponsor if applicable).
  • Applicants must be seeking for funds for Arts & Cultural Programming.
  • Projects must be open to the public and have a strong artistic element.
  • Applicants may submit up to three requests in any combination of categories (Community Arts, Individual Artist, and/or Arts Education) totaling no more than $5,000 across all applications. Fiscally sponsored requests are do not count towards the sponsor’s three-request, $5,000 limit.
This is not an exhaustive list of criteria. For further eligibility requirements as well as information about funding priorities for 2023, please consult the 2023 Community Arts Grant Guidelines.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT?

    1. Review the Community Arts Grants Guidelines in its entirety.
    2. Identify the project for which you want to seek funding.
    3. Create a project description/narrative that details what your project is and how funds from the Community Arts Grants will be used.
    4. Gather all Required Documents for your organization or that of your fiscal sponsor described below and in the Community Arts Grants Guidelines.
    5. Begin application (requires Gmail account). Application can be saved and resumed at any time.
    6. Complete all required fields within the application and ensure that all required documents are properly attached to your application.
    7. Submit application.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Below is a list of the main materials and documents you will be asked to provide during the application process. Please upload documents in PDF or excel format. For a more detailed description of required documents, please consult the Community Arts Grants Guidelines.

Documents (Of the Applicant Organization or Fiscal Sponsor)

1. Organization's EIN/Tax ID Number

2. List of Board of Directors

3. Financial Statement from most recent financial year

4. Proof of Nonprofit or Government Entity Status

5. Fiscal Sponsorship Memo of Understanding between Sponsoring Organization and Sponsored Applicant (if application is using a Fiscal Sponsor)

6. Memo of Understanding between Artists and your Organization (Can be in the form of an Email or Formal Letter)

Project Support Materials

1. Brief Project Overview (70 words or less)

2. Description of how funds will be used (Longform)

3. Description of how project will impact the community (Longform)

4. Project Budget Form (Download Template)

5. Artistic Support Materials (Up to 5 Samples)

6. List of Artist & Administrative Personnel involved in project

7. Artist(s) Resumes

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