Saratoga Arts' mission is to enrich the region by
cultivating a vibrant arts community and by
ensuring that the arts are accessible to all.

Grant Programs

Attention Current 2020 Community Arts Grants Awardees:
Due to the public health emergency that COVID19 has caused, many funded projects that were scheduled to occur in Spring 2020 have been postponed, shifted online or creatively restructured in other ways. If you are an artist or organization that received community arts grant funding for 2020 and find that you will have to adjust your programming, please reach out to Grants Coordinator Diane Swanson to discuss options and ideas for presenting your project in this new and uncertain climate. Please know that Saratoga Arts will be as flexible as possible about any funded project changes that will need to be made, and we will work with grantees to help them through this difficult time.
Diane Swanson’s contact information: or temporary phone number: 518-240-4240.

Saratoga Arts congratulates all of the 2020 Community Arts Grants recipients and will work hard to promote each grant recipient’s funded project throughout 2020. Saratoga Arts will share specific program dates, locations, and other details throughout the year on our social media, website, and e-newsletter.

About our Community Arts Grants Program:
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 $1,536,000 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).

2021 Community Arts Grant Cycle Information including Timelines, Grant Seminars Schedule, Guidelines and Application Material will be announced June 2020.

Artist Grants:
Artist Grants in the amount of $2,500 are awarded for individual artists to create new work, develop their artistic growth, 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.


All grant recipients are required to complete a Final Report within 30 days of completion of their final grant funded program. Final Reports are used to evaluate your current funded program, as well as a reference for future grant requests.

AG Final Report

AE Final Report

Community Arts Grants Final Report


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