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).
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 for the creation of new work and to share their creative process with the public.
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