2020 Decentralization Grant Cycle


A Brief Update

Despite delays and postponements to most of the area’s arts projects supported by a New York State Decentralization (DEC) Grant in 2020, stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions, the DEC program in the Quad-County region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties is alive and well and moving forward!

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has reaffirmed its commitment to the DEC program this year and beyond, granting DEC sites—such as the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) in the Quad-County region—and their DEC coordinators wide-ranging flexibility in approving restructuring of projects this year and, when necessary, extending funding into 2021 for those projects being postponed in 2020. All projects that received a DEC grant for this year and that continue to meet current eligibility requirements are being fully funded, and NYSCA representatives and DEC coordinators are conferring on ways to make the application guidelines for 2021 similarly flexible.

All in all, 47 projects by 41 different arts organizations or individual artists have been funded by a DEC grant in the four counties this year, totaling $91,000 in support. To learn more about 2020 projects or about applying in 2020 for a grant for 2021, please contact ALCA’s NYS DEC Coordinator Fred Balzac at fred@adirondackarts.org, or call him at (518) 588-7275.


Check back later in 2020 for information about the 2021 grant cycle.


Grant Guidelines:

Although the guidelines for the 2021 Decentralization Program are currently being developed and are likely to change substantively, reviewing the 2020 guidelines as presented on this website can give you a good idea of what’s involved in the application process, including the category that applies to your grant program—either Community Arts or Arts Education. Please review the 2020 Decentralization Program Guidelines below. Be sure to review the category that applies to your grant program, either Community Arts or Arts Education. If you need help determining which program you are eligible for, please contact Fred Balzac

Community Arts Grant Guidelines

Arts Education Grant Guidelines


Grant Informational Seminars:

The Decentralization grant application process begins by attending one of the many informational seminars scheduled throughout the Quad-County service area. The Arts Center offers free informational seminars to provide prospective applicants with instructions on how to apply for Decentralization grants. At these seminars the Grant Coordinator will review changes in the grant guidelines from the previous year, answer questions, and provide feedback and technical assistance. In order to receive funding, applicants are required to attend one of these seminars before completing the application. The seminars are free and open to the public. All applicants (new and returning) must attend a seminar or arrange for a consultation with the Grant Coordinator. Please note, the contact person, the grant writer, and the person who attends the seminar must be the same person.

Prospective applicants must register for the seminars in advance by contacting the Grant Coordinator. Seminars are due to take place later in 2020—if possible, in various locations throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties and/or in online seminars such as via Zoom. The tabs below for the seminar schedule and registration are from last year. The seminar schedule and registration access for this year will be available once the 2021 application guidelines are published.

DEC Informational Seminar Schedule

Register now for an Informational Seminar


How to Apply:

The application window for the 2020 grant cycle is now CLOSED.

All applications must be submitted electronically through our online submission platform, Submittables. If you do not have an account, you will have to create one. The application can be accessed by using the following link: https://adirondacklakescenterforthearts.submittable.com/submit. The application format must be adhered to and the application completed in its entirety, including all required attachments.

Applications had to have been submitted electronically to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note, all required fields in the application form must be completed in order to finalize and submit your application. These fields are indicated by red asterisks. After you have submitted your application successfully, you will receive a confirmation email generated by Submittables to the email address associated with your Submittables account. If you do not receive a confirmation email, assume your application was not submitted and contact Submittables technical support and/or the Grant Coordinator.


Grant Applications (for reference only):

2020 Community Arts Grant Application

2020 Arts Education Grant Application