St. Lawrence County Arts offering grant opportunities for 2020 projects

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Each year, through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts) distributes tens of thousands of dollars in state funds throughout the North Country, for the purpose of arts programming.

Grants are available to artists, artist collectives, local municipalities, public libraries, and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. Projects recently funded through this program include: concerts, theatrical performances, art classes, public art exhibitions, and even the creation of new, community-based work. All artistic disciplines are eligible to apply.

SLC Arts is now gearing up for the FY2020 grant season – offering grants for projects that will take place in 2020. From June through August, SLC Arts will hold free, informational workshops, throughout the tricounty area, to provide information about funding opportunities and eligibility, as well as explain the application and review process.

New for this Year: Each year, workshop attendees express a desire to talk with other potential
applicants. This year, SLC Arts is making that happen, by offering three fun, casual peer-to-peer
meet-ups for people who organize arts-focused events and projects. These meet-ups will give
organizers an opportunity to compare notes, share experiences and resources, discuss best practices, and provide a network of peer support. They will take place at local coffee shops and cafés, and will be followed by an optional grant workshop.

SLC Arts offers three FY2020 Grant Opportunities:

Public Art Fellowship
• Who May Apply: Individual artists
• Purpose: To offer support to individual artists who are interested in working within a community
• Focus: Funds are intended for the creation of new work that engages a segment of the
community through a public program, such as a public exhibition or performance, and/or the
inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.
• Set Amount: $2500. No matching funds required. Check is written directly to artist.
• Application Deadline: September 15, 2019

Teaching Artists’ Fund
• Who May Apply: Individual artists, non-profit organizations, or unincorporated organizations,
working in partnership with K-12 public schools or community-based partners.
• Purpose: To provide support for meaningful arts education projects.
• Focus: The exploration of art and the artistic process. The Teaching Artists’ Fund offers two
funding strands:
· K-12 In-School Projects: Work in partnership with public schools to engage K-12 public school
students in rich, artistic learning experiences during school hours.
· After-School and Community-Based Learning: Work in partnership with community partners, in
an after-school or community-based setting, to provide rich, artistic learning experiences to
youth, seniors and/or learners of all ages.
• Amount of Request: $300 – $5,000. 25% financial match – cash or in-kind donations. Check
written directly to artist/organization.
• Application Deadline: September 15, 2019

Community Arts Grant
• Who May Apply: Municipalities, libraries, or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. In addition,
individual artists or organizations may apply with an eligible municipality, library, or non-profit
acting as a fiscal sponsor.
• Purpose: To fund public arts experiences, foster creative communities, and reach out to
communities that might not otherwise be able to access state funds.
• Amount of Request: $300 – $5,000. At least 25% cash must come from other sources. Check
written directly to the municipality, library, or non-profit organization.
• Application Deadline: September 15, 2019

Is your organization or community planning an arts event in 2020? Interested in learning more?
Please visit to find and register for a workshop near you. First-time applicants are required to attend a workshop prior to submitting an application. Can’t make it to a workshop? Contact SLC Arts to set-up a one-on-one meeting with our Grant Coordinator.

Assistance and feedback are always available throughout the application process. FY2020
Applications and Guidelines are available at Still have questions? Please contact Alicia Murphy, Grant Coordinator, at

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