With the application window for the 2022 Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) Community Arts and Arts Education grants NOW CLOSED, reviewing the information on the four pages of this grants section will give you a solid grounding in what you need to know to apply for 2023 funding as well as future grant cycles. To learn more about the kind of projects that are eligible, what's required in applying for SCR funding, or aspects of the grant program that you may have questions about, please contact the NYS SCR Coordinator for the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA), Fred Balzac, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-588-7275.
ADK Quad-County 2021-22 Restart NY
“Mini-Grant” Arts Awards Announced
Expanded funding for arts organizations and artists in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton Counties prioritizes live, in-person performances
The Arts Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the Restart NY Regrants 2021-22 “Mini-Grant” awards for arts projects to be completed by June 30, 2022. With funds made available by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), ALCA is regranting a total of $45,500 for 20 projects throughout the four counties the Arts Center, as the region’s Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) site, serves: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.
The primary aim of this mini-grant cycle, which the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) rolled out in Round 2 of its overall Restart NY program—developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions on public gatherings such as arts events—has been to support the return of live, in-person public presentations. Priority was given to arts performances (e.g., dance, music concerts, theater)—categorized as Tier 1 projects. Non-performance-based projects that include a public presentation were also eligible for funding as Tier 2 projects. The minimum amount applicants could request was $1,000 and the maximum $2,500, with no matching funds required.
The mini-grant awards cover arts projects that have taken place since July 1, 2021 or that will happen by June 30, 2022. Because grants for projects that meet all eligibility criteria and other requirements spelled out in the guidelines were be awarded on a chronological basis, with Tier-1 projects prioritized over Tier-2 projects, applicants were encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
Funding by NYSCA was available retroactively for projects that took place by July 1, as well as prospectively for projects that will be completed by June 30 of this year. Attendance at a “How-to-Apply” seminar—designed to walk participants through the application process in an informal, easy-to-understand manner—was not required as it is for SCR Community Arts and Arts Education applications; but participation in one was strongly encouraged.
The 2021-22 mini-grant cycle represents expanded NYSCA funding for regions throughout New York State such as the Adirondack (ADK) Quad-County region to which ALCA’s grant program administers—in addition to the annual SCR (formerly known as “Decentralization/DEC”) grants.
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.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts grant program thanks all applicants who submitted funding proposals for the mini-grants, with special thanks to municipalities and nonprofit organizations such as the Town of Wilmington, Adirondack Wind Ensemble and John Brown Lives! that served as fiscal sponsors for arts groups that are not officially recognized nonprofits or for individual artists. To learn more about ALCA’s grant program, please contact SCR Coordinator Fred Balzac at email@example.com and/or 518-588-7275. For more information on ALCA’s programs and activities, please visit www.adirondackarts.org or contact the Arts Center at 518-352-7715.
Statewide Community Regrants and Restart NY Mini-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.
Bringing Live, In-Person Performances Back to Our Region
The Restart NY Regrants 2021-22 Mini-Grants are being awarded to 20 live, in-person, performance-based projects in music and theater, as follows:
- Adirondack Wind Ensemble, Inc., fiscal sponsor for sponsored applicant Frontier Saxophone Quartet: “Frontier Saxophone Quartet concert” – music (Clinton [C])
- Ballard Park Foundation: “Ballard Park Concert Series” – music (Essex [E])
- Clinton County Historical Association: “The Haudenosaunee Creation Story & Sculptures” – storytelling [C]
- Community String Orchestra of the Adirondacks: “Music for Contemplation” – music [E]
- CVW Long Lake Public Library: “Café Livre” – music & visual arts (Hamilton [H])
- East Branch Friends of the Arts: “Pride & Prejudice: An Original Musical” – theater and music [E]
- Foothills Art Society, Inc.: “The King’s Brass” – music (Franklin [F])
- Hill and Hollow Music, Inc.: “Hill & Hollow Music Performance Series” – music [C])
- John Brown Lives!: “The Agitators—Presenting Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony” – theater [E]
- John Brown Lives!, fiscal sponsor for artist applicant Peter Seward of Lake Flower Landing: “Sound & Vision”: music [E]
- Keene Valley Library: “Something for All Ages” – theater and music [E]
- Paul Smith’s College: “Music Over the Marsh at the Paul Smith’s VIC” – music [F]
- Piano by Nature Inc.: “Harp String Eternal” – music [E]
- Schroon Lake Arts Council: “Schroon Lake Live!!! Concert Series - A World of Music on Schroon Lake” – music [E]
- Tupper Arts: “Summer at the Sunset Stage!” – music [F]
- Society for Strings, Inc./Meadowmount School of Music: “Meadowmount at The Grange” – music [E]
- St. William’s on Long Point: “Music in the Adirondack Winter” – music [H]
- Town of Indian Lake: “Indian Lake Music in the Park(s) and More” – music [H]
- Town of Wilmington, fiscal sponsor for artist applicant Carl Rubino: “Three concerts by Carl Rubino” – music [E]
- Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Inc: “Grange Winter/Spring 2022 Concert Series” – music [E]
Bring Home the Arts to Your Community
As the Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) site for the Adirondack (ADK) Quad-County region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties, the Arts Center encourages arts organizations, artists collectives and individual artists to consider applying for the next round of SCR Community Arts and Arts Education grants, which will be the 2023 cycle for eligible arts projects initiated and completed between January 1 and December 31, 2023. Applicants may propose up to three projects in either or both main categories—e.g., two projects in Community Arts and one in Arts Education—for a funding request up to a total of $5,000 for one, two or three projects.
The SCR guidelines for such aspects as eligibility criteria, the role of fiscal sponsors, the application and grant-review process, evaluation criteria and grantee responsibilities likely will be the same as last year. Applications most likely will be required to have a 10%-25% match in terms of outside revenues, and attendance at a seminar—which will be held in-person and/or via Zoom—is required. More information on SCR grants can be found further below and on the other three grant-related pages of this website. To learn more, please contact SCR Grant Coordinator Fred Balzac at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-588-7275.
New Name, Same High Standards for Funding
“Statewide Community Regrants” is a new name for the popular and highly regarded arts-grant opportunity that had been known as “Decentralization Grants” since the program’s inception in 1977.
The new name was chosen by NYSCA with a nod toward the grant program’s regional approach to encouraging and supporting arts programs throughout New York State and the emphasis on projects that enliven, nourish and inspire our communities. Regranting is what arts centers like ALCA and other venues that serve as SCR sites do with the grant funding they receive from NYSCA. Regrants are akin to a pipeline in which funds flow “downstream” to arts organizations, artist collectives and individual artists—with the ultimate beneficiaries being arts patrons and audience members.
For a listing of 2021, 2020, and 2019 DEC (now SCR) grantees, please see the following materials:
ALCA: The SCR Site for the ADK Quad-County Region
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts SCR Coordinator for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties is Fred Balzac.
The most recent ADK Quad-County Statewide Community Regrant (then called "Decentralization Grant") awards ceremony was held in Blue Mountain Lake at our home base, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The event honored the 2019 Decentralization Grant awardees. It was a successful event, well attended by our grantees—as the photos shown below demonstrate—as well as community members. The 2020 award ceremony was postponed indefinitely because of the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2021 ceremony was not held because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County and elsewhere throughout our four-county region.
We hope to return to the tradition of an in-person awards ceremony for the new grant-application cycle sometime in 2022.
Community Arts Grants
These 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, or registered to do business, in the state. An individual artist or collective may apply for SCR 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.
Most years, an SCR Community Arts grants would not fund more than 75% of the applicant’s total project budget (total cash expenses). The applicant's remaining project costs would then be covered through cash income/revenues such as membership fees, ticket sales, individual or business/ corporate donations, disbursements from the general fund, and/or grants from private foundations or other non-New York State sources, to be included in the project budget. However, for applications for 2022-cycle projects, in response to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the ADK Quad-County SCR program is reducing the 25%-match requirement to 10%: applicants may request up to 90% of their total project budget.
Community Arts grants support all forms of arts projects, including, but not limited to, dance, film, folk arts, literary arts, music, theater, video, visual arts, and multidisciplinary arts. Statewide Community Regrant-supported projects 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
This category of SCR grants funds sequential, arts-
Decentralization Grant Program
History and Purpose
Founded in 1977, the then-named "Decentralization (DEC)" grant program was developed to ensure that New York State's cultural funding reached every part of the state. The concept of decentralization has since become one of the most effective ways for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to make arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state's population.
The program—renamed the "Statewide Community Regrants (SCR)" program by NYSCA in 2021—forms the cornerstone of the council’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 the council.
Statewide Community Regrant funds are disbursed locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of NYSCA. These SRC 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 SCR regrant funding, SCR sites provide project support to a wide range of professional, vocational, and educational arts and cultural offerings in their respective communities. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) in Blue Mountain Lake is the SCR site for the Adirondack (ADK) Quad-County region encompassing Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.
The New York State Council on the Arts has developed broad guidelines that provide a framework for implementing the program, while giving the SCR sites the flexibility to tailor the program to the diverse communities that they serve. Funding decisions are based on evaluative criteria designed by each SCR site and approved by NYSCA staff. Much of the information provided here and on the other pages of this website is based on guidelines issued in 2021 for the 2022 grant cycle. Because guidelines typically do not change much from year to year, a review of the 2022-cycle guidelines should provide prospective applicants with a pretty good idea of what will be in the 2023-cycle guidelines.
The ADK Quad-County SCR program serves as an umbrella for two distinct funding categories: Community Arts and Arts Education.
Please note: Statewide Community Regrant applicants may submit up to three direct requests in any combination of the two main categories—e.g., two Community Arts project requests plus one Arts Education project request—totaling no more than $5,000. Nonprofit organizations that serve as fiscal sponsors can apply for up to three projects of their own totaling no more than $5,000; in other words, the project(s) for which they serve as a fiscal sponsor do not count toward their $5,000 cap.
Individual/multiple applicants and/or artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application's submission. Current direct NYSCA applicants may not apply for any SCR regrants nor serve as a fiscal sponsor.
Please see the page on this website titled “2022 Statewide Community Regrant Cycle” for links to PDFs of the Community Arts and Arts Education grant guidelines.
education projects that take place in K-12 schools during the school day, after school, or at community-based learning centers for youth and adult learners. Arts Education grants serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environments and support all genres of the arts, including, but not limited to, dance, film, folk arts, literary arts, music, theater, video, visual arts, and multidisciplinary arts. Focusing on the exploration of art and the artistic/creative process with an emphasis placed on the depth and quality of that process, projects must provide:
- Skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of three sequential learning sessions
- In-depth, age-appropriate learning opportunities
- Hands-on, participatory creation that may culminate in an exhibit, demonstration, reading, production, or other kind of public presentation
- Stated learning goals, methodologies, and outcomes and a means for evaluation
The applicant of record must be an individual teaching artist, an artist collective, or a designated New York State nonprofit incorporated, or registered to do business, in the 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.
Please note: SCR applicants may submit up to three direct requests in any combination of the two main categories—e.g., an application for two Community Arts projects plus one Arts Education project. The total request amount may not exceed $5,000. Current direct-NYSCA applicants or grantees may not apply for any SCR funding in the same grant-year cycle.
In response to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ADK Quad-County Region SCR program is reducing the usual 25%-match requirement to 10%: applicants may apply for up to 90% of their total project budget.
For a copy of the blank Excel budget forms required for use in the 2022 SCR Community Arts and Arts Education grant applications, please email the grant coordinator at email@example.com.
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.