Lin Callahan, Program Director of Livingston Arts and the Genesee Valley Arts Grants. presented a seminar this week on grants available to Livingston and to Monroe County Residents and organizations involved in the arts. Click Here to download a pdf of her powerpoint presentation.
All grants below are administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts. There are three different types of grants available:
- Individual Artists Grant – The Individual Artists Grant is awarded to encourage and promote individual artist’s projects to enhance cultural vibrancy in Livingston and Monroe Counties. The $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. Individual Artists do not need to be a non-profit organization or have a fiscal sponsor* to be eligible for this grant.
- Community Arts Grant – The Community Arts Grants are awarded to encourage and promote art and cultural projects to enhance cultural vibrancy throughout Livingston and Monroe Counties. The grants are intended to 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. Applicants for this grant must either be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, or must have a non-profit organization as their fiscal sponsor.* For a Community Arts Grant, any amount up to $5000 can be requested, and can fund up to 75% of the projects expenses. Click here to download a pdf of the Community Arts Grant Application.
- Artists in Education Grant – The Artists in Education Grant program supports local cultural organizations and/or teaching artists in providing meaninful arts education for K-12 public students and senior adults These funds serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environments. This year’s program has expanded to include two funding strands: K-12 In-school or after-school projects or Community-Based learning. Up to $1,500 is available, per project, for artists or cultural organizations working in partnership with public schools located in Livingston and Monroe Counties. This grant can fund up to 50% of the project’s total expenses and should include costs for appropriate project evaluation and documentation. Applicants for this grant must either be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, or must have a non-profit organization as their fiscal sponsor*.
Applications for these grants may be submitted online. The deadline for Monroe County grant applications is 4 PM on the first Thursday in November.
Artists, Arts Organizations and Artists in Education applicants should review the specific guidelines for the grant they are applying for. A link to those grant guidelines is available from the links above.
If you are a new applicant, or have not submitted an application in the past two years, you are required to attend a free seminar to learn more about the grants and the application process. Click the image below to download a list of the seminars being offered in Monroe County through August 2016.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Lin Callahan by calling (585) 243-6785 or emailing Lin@LivingstonArts.org.
Looking for information about fiscal sponsors? Read our article “Fiscal Sponsorship: What’s It All About.”