Grants

Annually, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes distributes more than $140,000 in funds from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes to local and statewide artists and organizations in New York for community-focused arts and cultural activities, professional development opportunities, and project completion support.

The ARTS Council administers grants to primarily Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties. Visit the NYSCA Decentralization site list to see which arts organization administers grants in your county.

Community Foundation Funded Grants (for Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties)

*The deadlines have passed for the 2017 grant cycle. The next application deadline will be in February, 2018.*

  • QuickARTS grants (2017 Round 3 Deadline – October 9, 2017) support short-term community focused arts and cultural activities in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.  Grants are given three times a year and amounts range from $50 to $500.  More information can be found on the QuickARTS grant page.
  • Artist Development grants (2017 Round 3 Deadline – October 9, 2017) support artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties in opportunities that will significantly benefit their work and career development.  Grants are given three times a year and amounts range from $50 to $500.  More information can be found on the Artist Development grant page.

Current New York Statewide Grant Opportunities for Artists and Organizations:

The ARTS Council currently administers the following statewide Electronic Media & Film regrant programs for NYSCA:

  • Presentations Funds grants (The 2017 Round 3 application deadline is Monday, August 7, 2017) support New York State non-profit organizations for in-person presentations by independent media artists.
  • Finishing Funds grants (The 2017 application cycle has passed) support artists in the completion/post production of film, video, sound, new media, and Web-based work.

NYSCA Decentralization Funded Grants (for Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties in NY State)

  • 2018 Teaching Artist grants (application deadline Monday, October 16, 2017support the role that local artists and/or cultural organizations play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences and focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.  Grants range from $500 to $5,000.  More information can be found on the Teaching Artist grant page.

  • 2018 Individual Artist grants (application deadline Monday, October 23, 2017) support individual artists who plan to create new and unique, site-specific public arts projects occurring in non-arts venue.  Grants are for $2,500.  More information can be found on the Individual Artist grant page.

  • 2018 Community Arts grants (application deadline Monday, October 30, 2017support the activities of artists, arts groups, and community organizations in service to local residents.  Grants range from $500 to $5,000.  More information can be found on the Community Arts grant page.

Application Support Materials

Applying to grants can often be overwhelming, but we’ve put together the following to help make the process as simple as possible:

Application Creation Sample Video

We’ve put together the following application creation video to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Budget Creation Sample Video

We’ve put together the following budget creation video to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Grant Review Panels

The ARTS Council is seeking qualified individuals to serve as review panelists for the  2018 Community Arts, Teaching Artist, & Individual Artist Grant programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to help artists and organizations carry out arts and cultural programming in your local community and schools.

Grant Review Panel Interest Form