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Decentralization Grant Program

Deadline to Submit a Grant Proposal: October 28, 2020

Arts Mid-Hudson administers three categories of the Decentralization Grant Program: Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Commission, and Arts Learning Grants. Applicants may submit up to three grant proposals for funding. The cumulative amount requested by a single applicant may not exceed $5,000.

Note: AMH will be accepting proposals for the Arts Learning Grant in early 2021.

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These grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson for Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties.

Community Arts Grants (Project Grants)

Overview

Community Arts Grants provide project support for arts and cultural activities open to the general public. Nonprofit organizations, unincorporated groups, and individuals located in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster Counties are eligible and encouraged to submit a grant proposal. This project support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and provides audiences in our region opportunities to experience and engage with the arts. Grant awards are determined by a peer review panel made up of community members. Eligible arts and cultural activities include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshops, performances, festivals, screenings, virtual programming, and public programming for which the central focus is the arts. Note: This grant opportunity was previously called the “Project Grant”.

Deadline: October 28, 2020

Community Arts Grant Guidelines 2021 (PDF Download)

Complete Community Arts Grant Information in Guidelines.

  • Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits, Individuals, and Unincorporated Groups in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster Counties. Individual and unincorporated groups fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit located in the three counties.
  • Funding Amount: Grant requests can range from $500 – $5,000. New for 2021: There is no cash match required.
  • Mediums: All expressive artistic disciplines are eligible including, but not limited to, visual, performing, written, digital, traditional, and experimental mediums.
  • Timeline and location: All funded activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2021, in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster Counties and in the same county as the legal applicant.
  • Access: All activities must be open to the general public for participation

 

Community Arts Grant Program Goals:

  • Make quality arts programming available to all residents in our region, particularly to communities with limited access to the arts.
  • Assist with emerging arts organizations, individual artists, and grassroots groups to provide arts and cultural events.
  • Support the cultural expression of our area’s diverse communities and support BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists; support arts and cultural organizers from these groups who are leading this work.
  • Help artists and organizations adapt to social distancing requirements and fund innovative arts and cultural programming.

 

Individual Artist Commission

Overview

The Individual Artist Commission supports the creation of new work by an artist. This funding opportunity represents an investment in local artists. It is designed to increase artist-initiated activities, enhance individual artistic career development, and foster creative interactions between an artist and a community. The project must engage a segment of the community through a small-scale public presentation of the work or community involvement during the creative process of the artists’ project. Presentations and community involvement may be done in-person or virtually. Grant awards are determined by a peer review panel made up of artists. New: Up to seven Individual Artist Commissions are available for each county.

Deadline: October 28, 2020

Individual Artist Commission Guidelines 2021(PDF Download)

Complete Individual Artist Commission Information in Guidelines.

  • Eligible Applicants: Individual artists, 18 years of age or older, who reside in Dutchess, Orange or Ulster County and are not enrolled full-time in a degree program.
  • Focus: This grant supports the creation of new work, not the presentation of existing work.
  • Funding Amount: The grant amount is $1,500. There is no cash match required.
  • Mediums: All expressive artistic disciplines are eligible including, but not limited to, visual, performing, written, digital, traditional, and experimental mediums.
  • Timeline: All funded projects must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
  • Access: Projects must include a public component: a presentation of the new work created either in-person or virtually (open to the general public) or involvement of a specific community in the artist’s creative process.

 

Individual Artist Commission Goals:

  • Support Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster County artists in the creation of new work.
  • Support underrepresented artists in our region including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, People of Color, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists. All artists are encouraged to apply.
  • Highlight the vital role of artists within a community.
  • Help artists adapt to social distancing requirements through innovative ideas.

 

Arts Learning Grant

Please note: We will be accepting grant proposals to the Arts Learning Grant in early 2021. The guidelines and grant proposal submission form will be available in 2021.

Applicants submitting grant proposals to the Community Arts Grant and/or Individual Artist Commission may also submit to the Arts Learning Grant in early 2021. A single applicant may submit up to three grant proposals in any combination of the three categories. The cumulative amount requested may not exceed $5,000. 

If you have questions because you are submitting a proposal to the Community Arts Grant and/or Individual Artist Commission and also plan to submit to the Arts Learning Grant, please email [email protected]

Overview

The Arts Learning Grant supports a sequential, skill-based workshop series focused on the arts and artistic process for closed groups. Must include at least or a minimum of three sequential skill-based, hands-on sessions. Projects can either take place in-school during the school day or in after-school and/or community-based settings. Projects in schools must take place in public K-12 schools. Out-of-School projects may be for a particular group and age, or may be for participants of all ages including adults.

  • Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits, individual artists, and unincorporated groups. Complete eligibility guidelines will be detailed in the guidelines. Public schools may not apply directly to this funding opportunity. 
  • Funding Amount: $500 -$5,000. No cash match. 
  • Mediums: All expressive artistic disciplines are eligible for arts learning projects including, but not limited to, visual, performing, written, digital, traditional, and experimental mediums.
  • Timeline: June 1 – December 31, 2021
  • Access: Arts Learning projects are intended to serve a closed dedicated group of learners, be it in-school students, or youth and/or adult learners, and do not need to be open for participation by the general public.

 

Informational Videos and Virtual Q&A Sessions

Informational Videos

It is highly recommended that all applicants watch the informational videos. This resource will provide an overview of the programs and tips on how to submit a competitive grant proposal. Due to social-distancing requirements, no in-person information sessions will be offered in 2020. If you are unable to access this resource, please let us know.

Important: There five informational videos available for applicants. Video #1 provides an overview of the entire program and both categories. Please watch this video first to determine which videos to proceed to next. You will only need to watch all five videos if you plan to apply to both the Community Arts Grant and the Individual Artist Commission.

Click here to view all 2021 Decentralization Grant  Informational Videos

Direct Links to Videos:

Overview | Decentralization Grant Program | 1 of 5

Community Arts Grant In-Depth | Decentralization Grant Program | 2 of 5

Community Arts Grant Budget | Decentralization Grant Program | 3 of 5

Individual Artist Commission | Decentralization Grant Program | 4 of 5

Individual Artist Commission Budget | Decentralization Grant Program | 5 of 5

Attend a Zoom Q&A Session

Weekly Q&A sessions will be hosted on Zoom at a variety of times. You must RSVP to receive the Zoom Access Information. Once you sign up, you will be added to the list to receive the access information weekly. Applicants may attend multiple Q&A sessions.

RSVP for Decentralization Grant Program Q&A Sessions

 

Schedule of Zoom Q&A Sessions

Tuesday, September 1 at 4:00 PM
Thursday, September 3 at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, September 16 at 4:00 PM
Monday, September 21 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 AM

How to Submit a Grant Proposal

All Grant Proposals must be submitted online by Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 11:59 PM (EST). If you require assistance in completing the online submission form, contact us in advance of the deadline.

All submission forms are located here. Direct links to applications are listed below.

 

Individual Artist Commission

Individual Artist Commission Submission Form (Link to Submittable)

Individual Artist Commission Budget Form (Excel download)

 

Community Arts Grant

Dutchess County Community Arts Grant Submission Form (Link to Submittable)

Orange County Community Arts Grant Submission Form (Link to Submittable)

Ulster County Community Arts Grant Submission Form (Link to Submittable)

Community Arts Grant Budget Form (Excel download)

Letter of Agreement for Fiscal Sponsors (Word download)

Letter of Commitment for Community Partners (Word download)

 

 

Free Grant Assistance and Resources

The Arts Mid-Hudson Grants Team provides free in-depth support. Applicants to this program will benefit from taking full advantage of all of the support offered including informational videos, resources, one-on-one appointments, and draft review.

 

Complete the Proposal Eligibility Form

It is highly recommended for all applicants to complete this short form to alert us of your intent to submit a proposal. AMH staff will review key details of your project to check for eligibility and make recommendations. Proposal Eligibility Forms received prior to October 14, 2020, are guaranteed a response from the AMH Grants Team with feedback.

Proposal Eligibility Form

 

Make one-on-one Grant Assistance Appointments with AMH

Applicants are encouraged to make appointments with the AMH Grants team to discuss specific questions, brainstorm ideas, and receive feedback on a draft or budget. Appointments will be conducted by phone or Zoom. Note: Grant Assistance Appointments are not designed to provide an overview of the guidelines. Please review the guidelines and the informational videos before scheduling a meeting or submitting a draft for review to the AMH Grants Team.

Make an appointment with the AMH Grants Team

 

Quick Question?

Contact Lilia Pérez, Grants & Programs Manager – [email protected] | (845) 454-3222 ext #11

 

Review Procedure

Peer Panel Review

All submitted grant proposals are reviewed using a peer panel evaluation process. Community Arts Grants are determined by a panel of artists, arts workers, and community members. Each county will have a separate peer panel composed of individuals who live in that county. The Individual Artist Commission is determined by a panel of artists who live in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster Counties. Arts Mid-Hudson staff or board members do not have a vote in the peer panel review process.

Click here to nominate a Peer Panelist

Panelists recommend funding based on the overall goals, evaluation criteria, funding priorities, and adherence to the guidelines for each category. The evaluation criteria for each category are artistic merit, feasibility, and impact.

 

Appeals Process

An appeals process is in place for applicants who are denied funding and can demonstrate that information was withheld and/or misrepresented, and/or that an improper procedure occurred. Dissatisfaction with the funding decision is not justification for an appeal. Applicants denied funding will be furnished with the entire Appeals Process and Procedures. The Appeal Panel is made up of community members who did not serve on the original peer review panel.