Are you an artist, arts organization or arts educator who would benefit from receiving grant money? Come to the Grants Workshop that will be given at RCTV/WXIR on Wednesday, August 30 from 6 PM to 8 PM to find out how to apply!
Livingston Arts administers the Genesee Valley Arts Grants that are funded through the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. There are three types of grants available:
- The Artists in Education Grant – This grants supports local cultural organizations and/or teaching artists in providing meaningful arts education for K-12 public school students up to and including senior adults. These funds serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environments for all ages.The Arts Education category is now available to K-12 In-School & After-School Projects and Community-based Learning
Funds of up to $1,500 are available to artists and/or cultural organizations working in local schools. This grant can fund up to 50% of the project’s total expenses (the other 50% covered by the school) and should include costs for appropriate project evaluation and documentation.
- Community Arts Grant – This grant encourages and promotes individual artist’s projects to enhance cultural vibrancy in Livingston and Monroe Counties. Four $2,500 grants are available to artists interested in creating new work within a community context. These competitive grants are based on the artistic merit of work samples, a strong interface between the community and the creative process, and a clearly defined, innovative project. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have resided in Livingston or Monroe County for at least one year before the application deadline, and not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. The grant encourages and promotes art and cultural projects to enhance cultural vibrancy throughout Livingston and Monroe Counties. They support art and cultural programming such as exhibitions, workshops, public installations, demonstrations, performances, festivals, screenings, and readings. Projects may range from local cultural traditions to contemporary creative expression. Ideally, the funded projects are community based, have far-reaching appeal, and are broad and inclusive in their reach. We encourage new and innovative initiatives that have the potential of becoming sustainable and independent. Applications are funded with priorities of: new programming, serving under-served populations, artistic merit, community involvement and feasibility. The applicant must be a non-profit organization located in Livingston or Monroe County, or an artist working in partnership with a non-profit organization (this includes churches and towns/villages).Applicants are able to apply for up to $5,000 total although our average grants are $1,000 per project.
- The Individual Artists Grant – This grant encourages and promotes individual artist’s projects to enhance cultural vibrancy in Livingston and Monroe Counties.Please review the Individual Artist Guidelines to ensure you or your project is eligible for funding. Four $2,500 grants are available to artists interested in creating new work within a community context. These competitive grants are based on the artistic merit of work samples, a strong interface between the community and the creative process, and a clearly defined, innovative project. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have resided in Livingston or Monroe County for at least one year before the application deadline, and not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
All of the above grants are available to individual artists, arts organizations and arts educators living in Livingston or Monroe County.
This workshop being held at RCTV (21 Gorham Street off St. Paul Street) is FREE and Open to the Public!
To apply for one of the grants listed above, you must attend one of the free workshops being offered by Livingston Arts, prior to submitting your application. If you wish to apply for a grant but are unable to make this session that will be held at RCTV/WXIR on Wednesday, August 30, the following additional public workshops are also available:
- Sat. Aug. 12th, 10am-12pm – Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum, 16 East Ave, Spencerport, NY
- Wed. Aug. 16th, 6pm-8pm, Mendon Town Hall, 16 W Main St, Honeoye Falls, NY
- Thurs. Aug. 17th, 6pm-8pm, Parma Town Hall, 1300 Hilton Parma Rd, Hilton, NY
- Wed. Aug. 23rd, 6pm-8pm, Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY
- Sat. Aug. 26th, 10am-12pm, Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY
Still can’t make one? Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with Melissa about setting up an individual appointment. At the workshop, she will explain how to apply for these grants and she’ll distribute information for whichever category grant you wish to submit your project.
Although this workshop is free and open to the public, we do ask that you send an email to let us know you plan to attend so we can be prepared with enough materials. Please call (585) 325-1238 to confirm attendance, or send an email to CWLlewellyn@rctvmedia.org.
P.S. It is absolutely possible to receive one of these grants! In 2015 and 2016, Conversations with Creatives, an arts program produced in affiliation with RCTV has received an award each year. For a sneak preview of some of the things that will be discussed, check out Conversations with Creatives episode on Insider Insights on Grants and Grant Writing, with Saul Maneiro of Rochester Area Community Foundation, Margit Brazda Poirier of Grants4Good LLC and Lin Callahan, former administrator of Livingston Arts and Genesee Valley Arts Grants.