Decentralization Grant Program

 

Although the window for applying for the 2021 grant cycle has closed, much of the information on the four pages of this grants section is relevant to the 2022 grant cycle. To learn more about 2021 projects, applying for a future 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. 

Please visit the 2021 DEC Grant Cycle page for complete information about the current grant cycle.

 

2021 ADK Quad-County Decentralization Grant Awards Announced

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY—The ADK Quad-County Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA/Arts Center) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 DEC Grant awards. With funds made available by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), ALCA’s DEC program is regranting a total of $91,720 for 30 projects throughout the four counties the Arts Center, as the region’s DEC site, serves: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.

The statewide DEC Grant Program was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. The program forms the cornerstone of the partnership between NYSCA and local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between NYSCA and portions of the community that might not otherwise be able to access funding from NYSCA.

Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of NYSCA. These DEC sites are charged to serve as advocates and catalysts for arts and cultural development at the local level and provide a wide range of multi-arts programming and services, including technical assistance, for local communities, artists, and smaller arts and other nonprofit organizations. Through DEC regrant funding, DEC sites provide project support to a wide range of professional, vocational, and educational arts and culture in their respective regions and the communities contained within them.

As in previous years, grants of up to $5,000 were available to eligible organizations and artists based in one of the region’s four counties. Funding decisions were made by a panel of artists and arts advocates who volunteered hours of their time to review applications and deliberate on the awards. For each year’s grant cycle, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, tribal organizations, and New York State-designated nonprofits are eligible to be direct applicants, as well as serve as fiscal sponsors. Arts groups that are not official nonprofits and individual artists/artist collectives can apply in collaboration with a fiscal sponsor. Applicants can apply to do up to three projects in the categories of Arts Education and/or Community Arts.

The ADK Quad-County Region’s DEC program thanks all applicants who submitted funding proposals, with special thanks to this year’s panel reviewers and fiscal sponsors for their respective roles in the grant-application process.

Decentralization Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

A Wide Range of Artistic Disciplines Funded

The 2021 DEC grants are being awarded to two Arts Education projects and 28 Community Arts projects in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including music, visual arts, theater, dance, film, creative writing, and arts instruction for youths as well as adults, as follows:

Arts Education

Community Arts

For a listing of 2020 and 2019 DEC grantees, please see the following brochures:

The 2020 DEC Brochure

The 2019 DEC Brochure

 

The ADK-Quad County Decentralization Headquarters

The Decentralization Grant Coordinator for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties is Fred Balzac.

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 2020 awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely because of the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope to return to the tradition of an in-person awards ceremony for the new grant-application cycle sometime in 2021. 

Decentralization Grant Program
History and Purpose

Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC) was developed to ensure that New York State's cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization has since become one of the NYSCA’s most effective means of making arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state's population.

The program forms the cornerstone of NYSCA’s partnership with local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between NYSCA and portions of the community that might not otherwise be able to access funding from NYSCA.

Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of NYSCA. These Decentralization or “DEC” sites are charged as advocates and catalysts for arts and cultural development at the local level and provide a wide range of multi-arts programming and services for local communities, artists, and small organizations. Through DEC regrant funding, DEC sites provide project support to a wide-range of professional, vocational, and educational arts and culture in their respective communities. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake is the DEC site for the ADK Quad-County region, or Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.

NYSCA has developed broad guidelines that provide a framework for implementing the program, while giving the DEC sites the flexibility to tailor the program to the diverse communities that they serve. Funding decisions are based on evaluative criteria designed by each DEC site and approved by NYSCA staff. DEC site administration is governed by a set of procedures outlined in the Decentralization Manual issued by NYSCA. Much of the information provided here and on the other pages of this website is based on guidelines issued in 2020 for the 2021 grant cycle.

The ADK Quad-County Decentralization Program serves as an umbrella for two distinct funding categories: Community Arts and Arts Education.

Please see the page on this website titled “2021 Decentralization Grant Cycle” for links to a PDF of both the Community Arts and Arts Education grant guidelines. 

 

Community Arts Grants

Community Arts grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives, or artists. Community Arts grants provide funding to emerging professional artists and organizations whose projects promote the arts and enhance the cultural climate in the communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.

An applicant organization must be a governmental or quasi-governmental entity, a tribal organization, or a designated New York State nonprofit incorporated in New York State or registered to do business in New York State. An individual artist or collective may apply for decentralization funds through a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor then becomes the “applicant organization” and must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as an applicant organization and provide the same required documents.

Community Arts grants usually don't fund more than 75% of the applicant’s total project budget (total cash expenses). However, because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on DEC-supported projects in 2020, the match requirement is being waived in its entirety for 2021 projects. It may be reinstated for 2022 projects. 

Community Arts grants support all forms of multidisciplinary projects including, but not limited to: theatre, dance, music, film, video, literary arts, visual arts, and folk arts, and can be single events or part of a series. All Community Arts grant projects must be community based and open to the general public.

 

Arts Education Grants

Arts Education grants fund sequential, arts education projects that take place in K-12 schools during the school day and/or after-school and community-based learning centers for youth and/or adult learners. Arts Education grants serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environments for all ages.  Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

Arts Education projects must provide:

  • Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions.
  • In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations.
  • Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes, and a means for evaluation.

An applicant of record must be an individual teaching artist, collective, or a designated New York State nonprofit incorporated in New York State or registered to do business in New York State. Public schools are ineligible to apply directly. Artists or collectives from outside the county in which the project is taking place may apply using a nonprofit organization from within the county as a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor then becomes the “applicant organization” and must meet the same basic eligibility requirements as an applicant organization and provide the same required documents.

Arts Education grants usually don't fund more than 75% of the applicant’s total project budget (total cash expenses). However, because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on DEC-supported projects in 2020, the match requirement is being waived in its entirety for 2021 projects. It may be reinstated for 2022 projects. 

The applicant’s remaining project costs may be covered through planned in-kind contributions, cash income, or a combination of both as outlined in the project budget.

 

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is always seeking individuals to serve as review panelists for the next cycle of Community Arts and Arts Education grant panels. We are looking for panelists throughout our service region - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. 

For more information on the Grant Review Panel.