The CNY Arts Community Arts Grants program supports activities of individual artists, collectives, and community nonprofit organizations by providing seed grants 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.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists with an eligible fiscal sponsor or community-based partner.
AWARD AMOUNT: $500 - $5,000
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2021


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

Individual Artist Commissions support the creation of new work with exceptional community engagement in the creative process. The Commission represents a "live and work" investment in local artists. These commissions support local, artist-initiated projects to create new work that demonstrates strong artistic merit in a community setting.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
WHO MAY APPLY: Individuals ONLY who permanently reside in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000 - $2,500
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2021


The CNY Arts Individual Artist Commissions program represents a “live and work” investment in local artists.  These commissions support local, artist-initiated projects to create new works that demonstrate strong artistic  merit in a community setting. Up to four Individual Artist Commissions may be awarded per county. The  commissioned project must take place in the same county in which the applicant permanently resides.

Individual Artist Commissions are intended for creative, professional artists—such as composers, choreographers,  writers, and visual artists—who create original work. Commissions are not intended for artists in interpretive  works—e.g. a dancer or actor performing an existing play or ballet. Artists at all career stages and of all  backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or  performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and  creative process of the artists’ project. This can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social  practice by or with community members.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and permanently reside in the same county the proposed activity will take place.  Applicants may not be enrolled in a full-time degree seeking program of any kind.  All individual artist commission applicants MUST attend an information seminar or webinar or meet with a staff  member of CNY Arts.

The CNY Arts Arts Education Grant (formerly known as ArtStart) values the depth and quality of the teaching artist’s creative process with which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists partnering with eligible public schools.
AWARD AMOUNT: $500 - $5,000
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2021


The Arts Education Grant program strives to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit organizations while providing students with high-quality artistic learning experiences. Two distinct funding strands are offered:

K-12 IN-SCHOOL PROJECTS

Designed to support arts education projects in K-12 school settings and partnerships between arts providers and public schools. Inter-curricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.

COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING PROJECTS

Designed to support arts education projects in community-based settings for a discrete group of learners that are open and accessible for public registration and participation.

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