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 Resources

For Current Awardees: 

As you begin to promote and publicize that you have received a Community Arts Grant from Saratoga Arts, and as you are preparing the promotion for your event, please use the statement (below) and Saratoga Arts logo on all materials, both in print and on-line, related to the project. To download Saratoga Arts logo, right click and save the file.  If you need the logo in a different file type, please contact Sharon Wait, Grants Administrator, at  Note: awardees should not use the NYSCA logo.

Statements for use in all promotional materials (use the statement relevant to your grant) :
Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Individual Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Arts Education Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Logo for use in all promotional materials:

For Artists and Arts Organizations

This resource list is a directory-in-progress for individuals and organizations seeking information about grants and other funding opportunities. It includes some funding opportunities or grants and various resources for finding grants and funding opportunities. Finding grant funds can be daunting, but they ARE out there, and we encourage you to pursue these resources. We periodically update this list as new information is received, and welcome any new information that you discover.

Local Funds I State & Federal Funds I Foundation Grants I Additional Resources

Local Funds

Stewart’s Shops
Stewart’s offers 3 kinds of donations: Monetary Grants, Products and Gift Certificates. They fund grant proposals in a variety of areas including the arts, education, kids and recreation, civic, health and social services.

Target Corporation
Target Corporation offers a Local Store Grant program aimed at funding local art programs, early childhood reading and family violence prevention.

The Community Foundation of the Capital Region

The Golub Foundation
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation provides financial support to eligible charitable organizations with a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Contributions are made through planned, continued giving programs in the areas of health and human services, arts, culture, education, and youth activities, within Price Chopper marketing areas. Requests must be submitted 6-8 weeks in advance. Please visit the website for the complete guidelines. The Golub Foundation also offers free ticket printing and up to 250 free cups and napkins to all charitable, civic, religious and other service organizations.

The Glens Falls Foundation

The Glens Falls Foundation is a nonprofit community trust that serves the tri-county region comprising Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties.

The GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Malta Foundation was developed to fund organizations, programs and projects that provide tangible benefits of a public nature to diverse groups serving the citizens of the Town of Malta.

Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation

Skidmore Community Arts Grants Program
Skidmore College, through its Arts Planning Group, invites proposals from community arts organizations in Saratoga Springs and contiguous communities requesting funding for arts projects.

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State & Federal Funds

Art New York – The Alliance for Resident Theaters
A NY state-wide theater regrant program.

The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), now in its second year, is a regrant program that provides two opportunities for funding support: either organizational growth or the development of new work for the professional theatre in New York State. This grant addresses small theatres with budgets of $500,000 or under, and organizations that have limited administrative capacity. A.R.T./New York regrants NYSCA funds, and all applicants and grantees interact with A.R.T./New York as their grant maker.

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
NYSCA is a state agency that supports, among other categories, arts education activities of not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations in New York State. NYSCA achieves its arts education goals primarily through grant programs to not-for-profit arts organizations. NYSCA allocates funding to every county across the state for partnerships between schools and arts and cultural organizations.

New York State Electronic Media and Film Grants
Supported by NYSCA, Administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Presentation and Finishing Funds are available to NYS artists and non-profits working in film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art.

New York Council for the Humanities offers several grant programs to support humanities programming in New York, and sponsors State Humanities Month in October each year.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

NYFA is funded in part by NYSCA and offers financial support to individual artists and arts organizations through a competitive grant process. NYFA Source, its online search engine, includes a national directory of grant awards, services and publications for individual artists.

National Endowment for the Arts

The most prominent public agency dedicated to “supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.” Note that the requirements for evaluation/assessment are usually very rigorous.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Provides funding to state and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs. Grants are funded to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students. They offer a full listing of their programs as well as a searchable database on their website.

The National Arts Education Association (NAEA)
NAEA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center maintains a website called Arts Edge ( where teachers and teaching artists can find curriculum and lesson planning resources, including lesson and unit plans, award opportunities, publications, advocacy information and more.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides funding opportunities and services to artists and arts organizations in the Mid-Atlantic States to encourage the growth and development of arts and cultural activities throughout the region.

APAP I 365
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters brings performing artists and audiences together through professional development, networking, funding, advocacy and resource sharing.

National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers funding opportunities to support research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. VSA administers numerous programs that stimulate the use of the arts as a valuable educational tool in the classroom, for life-long learning and as a means to develop skills for future employment. VSA also offers several programs that recognize the artistic accomplishments of young and emerging artists with disabilities through awards of excellence and achievement.

Grants Gateway
The Grant Opportunity Portal is online and available to the public, providing a one-stop shop for anyone interested in locating grant funding opportunities with State agencies.

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Foundation Grants

Non-governmental support comes from many sources including private foundations such as the Ford, Rockefeller, Wallace and Dana Foundations, local community foundations, small family foundations, individual donors, and corporate foundations. Occasionally corporate marketing divisions offer funds and technical assistance to support arts education in schools.

ArtPlace America works to accelerate creative placemaking by making grants and loans; by striking important partnerships with those who share our passion; with solid but imaginative research; and with communication and advocacy that we hope will influence others to engage in this work. ArtPlace America works to accelerate creative placemaking by making grants and loans; by striking important partnerships with those who share our passion; with solid but imaginative research; and with communication and advocacy that we hope will influence others to engage in this work. – See more at:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
EJK Mini-Grants offer funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program in a school or library.

Foundation Center
Foundation Directory Online
The Foundation Center is a grant information research center and database which publishes grant resources, fundraising information and non-profit management information in print, on CD-ROM, via email newsletters and on their website in a searchable subscription database. They also offer training courses throughout the year in fundraising, grantwriting and non-profit management.
Many of their resources are available at the NYS Library in the State Museum building in Albany. Call 474-5355 for an appointment, or visit the library’s online catalog at

Foundation Center – Focus on the Arts
Specific information on fundraising and the arts.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Profiles of nearly 10,000 grantmakers. Details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships

Creative Capital
Creative Capital grants help artists realize specific projects while building their capacity to sustain their careers beyond the grant term.

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Additional Resources

Academy Book Awards | Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets provides the most important collection of awards for poetry in the United States. Guidelines and entry forms are provided, where applicable.

Writing Grants | Michigan State University Libraries
Comprehensive listing of funding resources for poets, authors, and journalists, including organizations providing funding, useful web sites, databases, books, and other tools.

GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.

GrantsSpace – Knowledge-Base
Find answers to specific questions relating to searching for funds to support individual artists, non-profits, and other organizations.

Non-Profit Compliance Checklist: Staying on Track and Out Of Trouble

Grant Seekers Handbook from The Center for Nonprofit Management

IRS information on becoming a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization

Forming a Nonprofit in New York from The Citizens Media Law Project

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts delivers legal services and legal information, educates individual artists, arts professionals about legal and business issues that affect artistic and creative endeavors, provides mediation services and plays an important role in arts advocacy.

Arts Deadline
Art Deadline allows artists who have subscribed to search a database of artist exhibition opportunities, grants, job opportunities, etc.

Grants to You
Grants to You provides very low cost or free volunteer grant writing and education classes to primarily seniors, students and other motivated citizens who are computer comfortable, have a strong interest in supporting their community and who will designate a particular local non-profit organizations to assist in their grantwriting efforts.

Art Opportunities Monthly offers free and paid monthly subscriptions to listings of grants and other opportunities for artists and arts organizations.

The Grantsmanship Center is a resource for grants research and proposal writing.

The New York State Government Information Locator Service (NYS GILS)
A program of the New York State Library, provides a single point of access to information on grants provided by New York State Government agencies, the State Legislature and the Judiciary.

New York Council of Non-Profits provides a wide array of specialized technical assistance services, including legal and financial, to nonprofits of all kinds in a staff-based, multidisciplinary team model.

Norris Consulting Group
25 years experience working for a variety of non-profit organizations, community collaboratives, school systems, hospitals, long term care organizations, state departments/organizations, public health districts, private institutes, advocacy groups, Communities in Schools and Family Connection sites and federal agencies. Sign up to receive their free grants e-newsletter which contains current and upcoming grant opportunities throughout the nation.

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