Ends on October 26, 2017
Community Arts Grants provide support for accessible arts and cultural projects that enhance the cultural climate in our neighborhoods and communities. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 26th, 2017 by 11:59pm

WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations, individual artists with an eligible fiscal sponsor or community based partner. Also see Applicant Eligibility.

AWARD AMOUNT: $500 - $5000
The Community Arts Grant award will not fund more than 50% of an applicants’ total expenses.

PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2018


About the Program

The CNY Arts Community Arts Program provides seed grants to individual artists, collectives and community nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that enable Central New York and Mohawk Valley communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts.

Program Goals & Requirements

The Community Arts Grant Program supports activities of individual artists, collectives, and community nonprofit organizations in their service to local residents and visitors. 

Ends on October 26, 2017

Individual Artist Grants support the development of new work by artists that demonstrate substantial community benefit and involvement during the creative process. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 26th, 2017 by 11:59pm

WHO MAY APPLY: Individuals ONLY

AWARD AMOUNT: $2500

PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2018

The CNY Arts Individual Artist Commissions support local, artist-initiated projects that demonstrate strong artistic merit and will have a significant community impact. Up to two Commissions will be awarded per county. The project must take place in the same county the applicant permanently resides. 

Program Goals & Requirements

Individual Artist Commissions are intended for artists—such as composers, choreographers, writers, and visual artists—who are creating new and original work within a community setting. Artists at all career stages are welcome to apply. Commissions are not intended for interpretive work—e.g. an actor performing an existing play.

An element of this commission is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project. The project must encompass a segment of the community through some sort of feedback, response, interaction, and/or social practice.

Eligible Applicants

Must be at least 18 years and permanently reside in the same county the proposed activity will take place.

All Final Reports linked to application in GO Grants Online (cnyarts.culturegrants.org) are to be submitted here. 
The following programs can submit Final Reports:
  • Individual Artist Commissions 2017
  • Community Arts Grants 2017
  • Arts Education Grants 2017
  • Tier Three Project Support Grants 2017
  • SLP Technical Assistance Grants 2016 or 2017
If you are not submitting for one of these programs, please contact Grants Director, Liz Lane at elane@cnyarts.org or (315) 435-2158. If you have any other questions, please contact grants@cnyarts.org.