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Statewide Community Regrants


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Statewide Community Regrants

The CNY Arts Statewide Community Regrants program (SCR, formerly known as Decentralization or DEC) is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

SCR is designed to create a vibrant arts community in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley regions by providing project-specific support towards arts, culture, history, and heritage programs to individual artists and nonprofit organizations.

The three SCR grants administered by CNY Arts are the Community Arts Grant (CAG), the Individual Artist Commission (IAC), and the Arts Education Grant (AEG).

A check list of instructions and materials required for the SCR program can be found here

Community Arts Grant

The Community Arts Grant supports and enables emerging professional artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley communities. Example of CAG projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshops, performances, festivals, screenings or readings. All funded CAG projects must be community based and open to the general public.

Individual Artist Commission

The Individual Artist Commission represents a “live and work” investment in local artists. Commissioned project must take place in the same county in which the applicant permanently resides. This also means that there is a required community engagement component, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project. This can be in the form of feedback, response, interaction and/or social practice by or with community members. Some examples of this type of interaction are interviews with a segment of the community, creation of parallel work by a community group, or stories and anecdotes collected from a community group that relate to the concept or content of the project.

Arts Education Grant

The Arts Education Grant values the depth and quality of the teaching artist’s creative process. Projects must be experiential and focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. The AEG strives to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit organizations while providing students with high-quality artistic learning experiences. The AEG is composed of two distinct funding strands: K-12 In-School Projects and Community Based Learning Projects.


Application Opens October 24, 2022
Application Seminars & Webinars October to December 2022 (See dates and sign up here)
Application Due Friday, December 16, 2022
Funding Announcements February 2022