Please contact the ADK Quad-County DEC Coordinator, Chelsea Provost, with all grant related questions.
The 2020 Decentralization grant submission window will open in July 2019. The application deadline will be Monday, September 16, 2019. Please note the change to a September deadline from previous years.
2019 Decentralization Program Guidelines (updated 2020 guidelines will be published in June, 2019):
How to submit your application:
All DEC applications must be submitted electronically through our online application system at, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Submittable.
For technical questions about Submittable, please contact their support directly:
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
How to Start Writing Your Grant :
In addition to attending a DEC grant writing and informational seminar, please read the updated Community Arts and/or Arts Education Guidelines in their entirety. These guidelines are amended each year to meet NYSCA's requirements.
Download this Brainstorming Worksheet to organize your thoughts into a competitive grant application.
Project narratives should be thorough, clear, and concise. Any narratives regarding your budget, should match your budget form and any large or questionable expenses on your budget form should be explained in your budget notes.
Suggested information to include in your project narrative:
- Detailed project summary: The who, What, When, Where, and Why
- Goals for the project, specifically what you hope to achieve through the project
- The project's feasibility, accessibility, management, and evaluation
- Explain the project's need and importance to the community, think about whether you are filling a specific void in your community
- Why you chose the artists and their qualifications
- Your marketing plan, using multiple media outlets
- Detailed funding requests reflecting everything in the budget
- How you will adapt your project and/or budget if you receive partial funding
Templates for Download:
Grant Informational Seminars:
Click Here for the 2019 DEC Informational Seminar schedule.
Grant Informational Seminars are offered to the general public for free by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to help with the grant application process. Attendance at a seminar is mandatory for all DEC grant applicants. One-on-one grant consultations are available for prospective applicants in place of a seminar if scheduling is an issue. For more information, please contact Chelsea Provost.
Please REGISTER for the seminar you plan to attend.
For specific questions about eligibility, please contact DEC Grant Coordinator, Chelsea Provost.
- Must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place
- Nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not New York State agencies)
- Individual artists, groups or collectives, unincorporated entities must have a fiscal sponsor or community partner (see specific program guidelines)
- Private Colleges/Universities
- Must be over the age of 18
- Public or private schools districts, State universities
- Departments or agencies of New York State (including BOCES)
- Applicants with outstanding final reports from prior years
- Applicants living outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor
- Organizations or Individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2018 grant cycle, regardless of funding status
Crediting Your Grant
Crediting your program is very important to the Decentralization Program. It helps raise awareness for funding programs like DEC, and shows your Legislators and NYSCA council members how valuable these funds are. Please use the following language on all DEC Grant-Sponsored program materials:
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.