The Decentralization Grant Coordinator for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties is Chelsea Provost. 


The 2019 ADK Quad-County Decentralization Awards Ceremony was held at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday, May 4. The event honored the 2019 Decentralization Grant Awardees. It was a huge success, well attended by our grantees as well as community members. Here are a few photos of the event. 


The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) State and Local Partnership Division administers an annual re-grant program that helps to ensure access to arts and culture in each of the 62 counties of New York State. The Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. These funds are made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

ADK Quad-County Cultural Arts Grants are available for non-profit and cultural organizations in the four counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton as well as to individual teaching artists partnering with public schools or cultural learning centers in the four counties for the purpose of arts education.

The Adk Quad-County Cultural Arts Grants process begins by attending one of the many grant-writing seminars that are scheduled throughout the four counties. At these seminars, we will explain the program, answer questions, and provide application assistance. In order to receive grant funding, potential applicants are required to attend one of these seminars before completing the application. The seminars are free and open to the public. All applicants must attend a seminar or arrange for a consultation with the Grant Coordinator–no exceptions—in order to apply for funding. 


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. 


Please review the 2019 DEC Guidelines listed below (updated 2020 guidelines will be published in June, 2019): 


Grant Informational Seminars:

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 Decentralization grant applicants. One-on-one grant consultations are available for applicants in place of a seminar if scheduling is an issue. The 2020 smeminar schedule will be announced in June, 2019. Seminars will be held between July and August throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. For more information, please contact Chelsea Provost


For all questions regarding Decentralization Grant opportunities, or to set up a consultation, please contact Chelsea Provost at 518-352-7715.


CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the 2019 DEC brochure.