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Community Arts Grants

Community Arts Grants, part of the Decentralization Program (DEC) of The New York State Council on the Arts, is administered by Livingston Arts to encourage and promote art and cultural projects to enhance cultural vibrancy throughout Livingston County. 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.

Art and cultural events are an opportunity for life long learning, entertainment, and overall life enrichment. Our goal, through the Community Arts Grants, is to increase advocacy and access to the arts in Livingston County communities that traditionally have been underserved (those communities who have limited access to services, may be marginalized due to geography, race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability). The desired result is a higher sense of community, identity, and positive outlook on the role of art and culture for life in Livingston County, New York.

We encourage new and innovative initiatives that have the potential of becoming sustainable and independent. Applications are funded with priorities of: new programming, serving under-served populations, artistic merit, community involvement and feasibility. The applicant must be a non-profit organization located in Livingston County, or an artist working in partnership with a non-profit organization (this includes churches and towns/villages).

Applicants are able to apply for up to $5,000 total although our average grants are $1,000 per project.

Applicants must consult directly with the Grants Coordinator before applying. Assistance in developing a program and writing your grant is available by contacting the Grants Coordinator, by phone 585.243.6785 or by email

2014 Grant Seminars, free and open to the public. Required for first time applicants:

July 30 – West Sparta Town Hall, 6pm

August 9 – Dansville Public Library, 10:30am

August 13 – Livingston Arts Center, 6pm

August 23 – Wadsworth Library, 10:30am

August 27th – American Hotel, Lima NY, 6pm

September 20th – Livingston Arts Center, 11am (This seminar will be for editing of grant proposals.)

Deadline: Applications must be at the Livingston Arts Office, 4 Murray Hill, Mount Morris, NY by 4:00pm on the first Thursday in October for projects taking place in the following calendar year.

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For Grant Recipients:

Downloadable Final Report

DEC Final Report

To complete this report, please print it OR save the file to your computer. The Word version uses the form feature, so it may be completed on your computer. All final reports require an original signature by the grantee. Once signed, the final report, along with any required attachments, must be submitted to Livingston Arts 30 days after the conclusion of your program.