Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC), known locally at Saratoga Arts as our Community Arts Grants, was developed to ensure New York State’s cultural funding reached every part of the state. In 1993, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) appointed Saratoga Arts to administer the DEC program in Saratoga County, then in 2011 appointed us to administer the grants in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Since 1991, Saratoga Arts has awarded just over $1,305,000 for community-enhancing and life-enriching arts programs!
Saratoga Arts’ Community Arts Grants provide funding for arts and cultural programming through three categories: Project Grants, Individual Artist Grants and Arts Education Grants (that take place in the community or in schools).
The grant application process for the 2020 Community Arts Grant Cycle has been completed. Submitted proposals for 2020 projects will be deliberated on by our grant panels through January 2020, with notifications going out February 2020. Grant awardees will be announced March 2020 and celebrated at our annual Awards Ceremony late March/early April 2020.
Timelines, Grant Seminar dates/locations, guidelines and application material for the 2021 Community Arts Grant Cycle will be available in May 2020.
Artist Grants in the amount of $2,500 are awarded for individual artists to create new work and share their creative process with the community in Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga Counties.
Arts Education Grants:
Grants up to $3,000 are awarded to non-profits and individual artists coordinating an in-school or a community-based residency. A program must be sequential and involve at least 3 contacts between a visiting artist or non-profit cultural organization and the same core group of students.
Community Arts Grants:
Grants up to $5,000 are awarded to non-profit organizations, municipalities and sponsored individual artists in partnership with qualifying organizations to present arts and cultural programs of high artistic merit in local communities in Fulton, Montgomery, & Saratoga Counties.
Saratoga Arts receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature