The CNY Arts Community Arts Grant (CAG) provides grant support to individual artists, collectives, and community nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural projects.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM

WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists with an eligible Fiscal Sponsor

AWARD AMOUNT: $500.00 to $5,000.00

PROJECT PERIOD: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022


The Community Arts Grant supports and enables emerging professional artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate of the Central New York and Mohawk Valley communities. All funded CAG projects must be community based and open to the general public.

The CNY Arts Individual Artist Commission (ICA) supports the creation of new works by local artists demonstrating strong creativity and community involvement.

DEADLINE: January 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM
WHO MAY APPLY: Individual artists
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000.00 to $2,500.00
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

The Individual Artist Commission represents a "live and work" investment in local artists. Up to four IACs may be awarded per county and the commissioned project must take place in the save county in which the applicant permanently resides.

The CNY Arts Arts Education Grant (AEG) supports teaching artists and arts educators to engage students in rich and meaningful artistic experiences in dedicated learning environments.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM
WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists partnering with a public school or Community Based Partner. Individuals residing outside the county of the partnering school or organization may apply with an eligible Fiscal Sponsor located in that county.
AWARD AMOUNT: $500.00 to $5,000.00
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

The CNY Arts Arts Education Grant values the depth and quality of the teaching artist's creative process. Projects must be experiential and focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. The AEG strives to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit organizations while providing students with high-quality artistic learning experiences. The AEG is composed of two distinct funding strands: K-12 In-School Projects and Community Based Learning Projects.

CNY Arts appoints panelists to perform evaluation and rating of funding applications made to the council. All panelists must be residents or work in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties. To nominate a person or yourself for panel service, please complete the following form. 


Please note panelists most rotate off after three (3) consecutive terms. 

Purpose: To encourage the development of a regional film and media-making community in Central New York by providing recent film graduates of area colleges and universities with an opportunity to produce a professional short film in the Greater Syracuse Area.



Award Amount: $40,000 per film, maximum



Deadline: TBA

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