Saratoga Arts: Community Arts Project Grants

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 25, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: May 28, 2022 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in New York: Fulton County, Montgomery County, Saratoga County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Fulton County, Montgomery County, Saratoga County

Age restriction: At least 18 years of age

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History and Overview

Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC) 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 Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program in Saratoga County, then in 2011 added Fulton and Montgomery Counties to Saratoga Arts’ service area.

Over the years, Saratoga Arts has awarded nearly $1,400,000 for community-enhancing and life-enriching arts programs in Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga Counties. For the 2020 grant cycle, Saratoga Arts awarded $123,010.

Community Arts Grants regrants public funds to artists, non-profit organizations, municipalities and other government entities in Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga Counties, in partnership with qualifying organizations and artists, to present arts and cultural programs of high artistic merit in local communities.


  • Encouragement of diverse arts and cultural programming of high artistic quality throughout Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County that promote inclusivity.
  • Creative, original and new approaches for bringing the arts to the public.
  • Participation of rural, minority and economically disadvantaged populations.
  • Strengthen collaborative efforts between nonprofit organizations, between artists and between organizations and artists.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Basic Eligibility Requirements:
    • Applicant is an incorporated non-profit, or government entity or municipality in Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga County.
    • Event must take place in the county that the organization is located in.
    • Event must be open to the general public.
    • Requesting funds for an arts or cultural event taking place in 2021.
  • What does Community Arts Grants fund?
    • Artist fees.
    • Art-related supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program.
    • Expenses associated with the arts-related components of the program, such as exhibitions, workshop series, performances, festivals, screenings or readings.
    • Marketing/publicity and other outreach costs.
    • Percentage of Administrative Expenses Related to Arts Project.
    • NEW FOR 2021 – Other allowable expenses:
      • Community Arts Grants can now fund up to the total expense of a project.
      • Planning and preparation expenses for a proposed event.
      • Materials and expendable equipment not in excess of $1000.
      • Equipment, including software, subscriptions, and training related to the creation and promotion of virtual programming.


  • What Community Arts Cannot Fund:
    • New York State agencies and departments.
    • Public universities, colleges; and public, private, or parochial schools.
    • Individuals that do not have an eligible sponsor or partner organization.
    • Organizations that have applied directly to NYSCA in the most recent cycle.
    • Non-incorporated chapters of organizations whose “parent” is incorporated outside of Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga Counties.
    • Start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization.
    • General operating expenses and administrative expenses not specific to the proposed project.
    • The acquisition, improvement, or repair of facilities, property, or works of art.
    • Requests for funding that would result in a project financial surplus.
    • Entertainment costs including receptions, food, and fundraising events.
    • Activities that are not arts-related including balloons, clowns, magic, “sip & paint”.
    • Projects whose purpose is primarily rehabilitative, therapeutic, or worship-focused.
    • Activities not opened to the general public (camps, clubs, college associations).
    • Programs in locations that are not handicap accessible.
    • Activities held in private homes.
    • Creation of textbooks or classroom material.
    • Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee).
    • Lobbying Expenses.
    • Regrants by applicants to fund other activities.
    • Cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, scholarships, and awards to students.
    • Past grantees that have failed to submit final reports (exception: 2020 projects impacted by the COVID Pause that have yet to take place due to changes in project activity/delivery).
    • A proposed project taking place outside of the county in which the applicant resides.


This page was last reviewed August 25, 2021 and last updated August 25, 2021