2021 Decentralization Grant Cycle


Let the 2021 Application Process Begin! 

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 have conferred 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. Funding for 2021 DEC grants has yet to be determined. However, because we want to accommodate projects that seek to begin as early as Spring 2021, ALCA’s DEC program is moving forward with the application process—with the expectation that we will be notified soon about the funding. For details on the 2021 application process, please see below. 

To learn more about 2020 projects, applying for a 2021 grant, or for any questions you may have about the Decentralization Grant program overall, please contact ALCA’s NYS DEC Coordinator Fred Balzac at fred@adirondackarts.org or call (518) 588-7275.




Grant Guidelines:

Not sure how to get started applying for a Decentralization grant? Reviewing the 2021 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. Reviewing the 2021 Decentralization Grant Guidelines, as found below, is also a prerequisite to applying. 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 typically begins with prospective applicants 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 by email at fred@adirondackarts.org. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all seminars for the 2021 application cycle will be held online via Zoom. Please click on the tabs below to see the seminar schedule or to register for a seminar. You may also register for a seminar by emailing Grant Coordinator Fred Balzac directly at the email address given above. Prospective applicants who have any difficulty with attending an online seminar via Zoom should contact Fred regarding scheduling a phone consultation. 

DEC Informational Seminar Schedule

Register now for an Informational Seminar


How to Apply:

The application window for the 2021 grant cycle is now OPEN.

All applications must be submitted electronically through our online submission platform, Submittable. 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 must be submitted electronically to the ALCA Submittable site listed above by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2021. 

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 Submittable to the email address associated with your Submittable account. If you do not receive a confirmation email, assume your application was not submitted and contact Submittable technical support and/or the Grant Coordinator.

Grant Applications (for reference only):

2021 Community Arts Grant Application

2021 Arts Education Grant Application