Decentralization Grant Resources


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):

2019 DEC Community Arts Guidelines

2019 DEC Arts Education Guidelines

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:


Templates for Download: 

Community Arts Budget Template 

Arts Education Budget Template 

Arts Education Lesson Plan Template 

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.  

Applicant Eligibility

For specific questions about eligibility, please contact DEC Grant Coordinator, Chelsea Provost.

Eligible Applicants

Ineligible Applicants

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.

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