Get up to $2,500 Grant for Artists in The ARTS Council Individual Artist Grant 2021


Receive financial support to create new work as an individual artist in a community setting by applying for the ARTS Council Individual Artist Grant 2021.

Individual artists across diverse disciplines will interact while taking on projects that are accessible to the general public. Grant requests will be awarded from $1,000 to $2,500.

Application Deadline: October 30,2020.

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To support individual creatives with the production of new projects:

  • Up to four grants may be awarded to grant awardees.
  • Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 will be made available to individual artists.


Application for the grants is open to Individual artists-

  • Residing in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, or Tioga county.
  • 18 years of age or older 
  • Of all disciplines.


  • Artists enrolled in a higher education degree program are not eligible to apply.
  • Created artwork may be visual, literary, media, musical, multi-dimensional, or performance in nature.
  • All created artwork must be made accessible to a segment of the community through a public program, whether in-person or digitally. 
  • Examples of projects to be funded by the grants include exhibitions, websites, site-specific works, installations, performances, or any other activities or platforms that can be accessible to the general public. 
  • Audience sizes can be limited in scope to meet New York State COVID-19 social distance protocols.
  • NYSCA applicants may offer their venue gratis, handle ticketing, and provide other support for the project, however projects cannot financially benefit direct NYSCA applicants. 
  • The project also cannot be advertised as part of the NYSCA applicant’s official season/programming and must vividly use the provided credit language indicating that it is a DEC funded project.
  • Grant Funding can go towards the artist’s stipend, consumable materials and supplies, mileage, site preparation, and any other expenses directly related to the planning, creation, and completion of the artwork, and its delivery to the public.
  • Applicants may only submit one application to the Individual Artist Grant. However, if eligibility requirements are met, applicants can still apply for up to $5,000 total between all DEC funded grant programs.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the grant, 

  • Read the application Guide
  • Submit your application using the online application system including a separate, completed budget form. (The budget form is an Excel spreadsheet. If you don’t have Microsoft Office, there are a number of free options available such as Google Drive or Open Office.) 
  • The completed application must consist of the following:
    • Applicant Information
    • Project Information & Narrative
    • Questions
    • Budget Information, Narrative, &
    • Form
    • Letter of Partnership (if applicable)
    • Artist(s) Resume, Bio, or CV (typed
    • in narrative form or attached)
    • Work Samples
    • Marketing Materials

About The ARTS Council Individual Artist Grant 2021

The ARTS Council Individual Artist Grant is a program focused on supporting the creation of innovative work by individual artists in communal settings. 

The aim of this grant is to aid the growth of creative work of individual artists in all disciplines while encouraging interaction between artists and community members. 

These grants are sponsored by public, Decentralization (DEC) funds from the New York State Council on the ARTS (NYSCA), a state agency, and administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council).

Key Dates and Order of Program

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.

A grant panel consisting of artists and other community members will evaluate each application and recommend funding amounts.

Grants will be awarded via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic and/or Cultural Merit
  • Strength of Artistic Work Sample
  • Community Accessibility to Created Work
  • Managerial & Fiscal Competence

Application drafts will be evaluated for clarity and against the evaluative criteria, not for copyediting and rewriting.

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