CNY Arts, Inc.


Onondaga Public Arts Grants

The Onondaga County Public Art Project Grant represents a new opportunity for the funding of public arts projects. The application process is open immediately. 

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities within Onondaga County

Priority Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023* 

Project Award: Request should be proportional to project scale 

How to Apply: *Proposals are accepted on a rolling deadline based on available funds with a priority deadline of Friday, December 1, 2023. Funding requests must be submitted via the Google form application




 Project Overview 

On behalf of Onondaga County, CNY Arts is seeking qualified proposals from local municipalities for innovative public art projects. The program goals are to broaden the range of art experiences throughout the County by supporting the creation of public art varying in scope and scale, thereby showcasing local talent, strengthening civic pride, and celebrating the diverse cultural experiences of the County. 

Installations can take any form and may be site specific. Projects may include community engagement elements and/or interactive components. Installations of the work may be temporary, long-term or permanent, large or small, presented indoors or outdoors. 

The total amount of available funds is $500,000, to be shared across all proposals. Please keep in mind that this grant program is designed to provide project-specific support for the creation or installation of public artworks. As such, all expenses must be related to supporting the project proposed within the application. 

All projects have to be installed in Onondaga County and employ local resident artists to be considered for funding. CNY Arts can help to connect municipalities and artists if needed, and proposals may be submitted without an artist selection.  

All applications must include the following documents: 

  • Project Description with details including location, local artist(s), medium, and visual support.
  • Budget Overview with projected costs (may identify other funding sources if applicable).
  • Optional: Description of production timeline, implementation details, installation date.
  • Optional: Letter of community support.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent Advisory Committee to evaluate the public art proposal. Proposals must demonstrate strong community support and the use of local artists and resources. Applicants may be asked to submit further details after review of their initial proposal for feasibility, engineering or architectural considerations, and the merits of the proposed project. 

Assistance with completing this funding request is available by contacting: 

Project Lead: 

Sofia Gutierrez, Arts Leadership Fellow, CNY Arts 


P: 315-435-2126 

Alternate contact: 

Jeremy Stoller, Program Manager, CNY Arts

P: 315-435-2158 

Public Art Advisor:

Adam Carlin

Feel free to reach out to either contact above to request a 1-on-1 consultation or site visit with Adam.