Statewide Community Regrants

 

With the application window for applying for the 2022 Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) full-year grant cycle about to open, 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 2022 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 fred@adirondackarts.org or 518-588-7275. 

Please visit the 2022 SCR cycle page for complete information about that grant opportunity.


UPDATE: Application Deadline for Restart NY 2021-22 Mini-Grants Extended to 12/17/21!

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Announces a Brand-New Grant Opportunity and 2022 Full-Year-Cycle Grants

Expanded Funding Support Prioritizes Live, In-Person Performances for Arts Organizations and Artists in the ADK Quad-County Region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton Counties

As the Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) site for the Adirondack (ADK) Quad-County region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA—a.k.a. “the Arts Center”) is pleased to announce the following two grant opportunities: (1) the 2021-2022 Restart NY “Mini-Grant”-Cycle for eligible arts projects completed by June 30, 2022; and (2) the 2022 SCR Community Arts and Arts Education full-year cycle for eligible arts projects initiated and completed between March 1 and December 31, 2022.

The primary aim of the mini-grant cycle, which the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is rolling out in Round 2 of its overall Restart NY program, is to support the return of live, in-person public presentations, with priority given to arts performances (e.g., dance, music concerts, theater). Also eligible are non-performance-based projects that include a public presentation. The minimum amount applicants can request is $1,000 and the maximum $2,500, with no matching funds required. Attendance at a grant-application seminar is not required, but participation in one is strongly encouraged. The deadline for applications is 5 pm Friday, December 17, 2021 (extended from the initial deadline of 11/19/21) via the online site, submittable.com. Please click on the "2021-22 Restart NY Mini-Grant guidelines" tab below to download the PDF version.

As for the 2022 full-year cycle, the guidelines for such aspects as the eligibility criteria, role of fiscal sponsors, the application and grant-review process, evaluation criteria and grantee responsibilities are largely the same as last year. Applications will be required to have a 10% match in terms of outside revenues, and attendance at a seminar—most, if not all, of which will be held via Zoom—is required.  The deadline for 2022 SCR applications is 5 pm, Friday, December 31st, 2021. More information on SCR grants can be found further below and on the other three grant-related pages of this website.

The schedule for seminars can be found below. To request a copy of the guidelines for either grant opportunity (PDFs of which can also be downloaded from this website), register for a seminar and/or learn more, please contact SCR Grant Coordinator Fred Balzac at fred@adirondackarts.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. In addition to the start of the regular full-year grant cycle for 2022, this rebranding is accompanied by the mini-grant cycle—a brand-new and most likely one-time opportunity—thanks to increased funding support by NYSCA in response to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on arts offerings throughout the state.

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.

2021-22 Restart NY Mini-Grant guidelines 

For a copy of the blank Excel budget form required for use in the Mini-Grant applicatoin, please email the grant coordinator at fred@adirondackarts.org.

"How-to-Apply" Seminar Schedule

 

For a listing of 2021, 2020, and 2019 DEC (now SCR) grantees, please see the following materials:

2021 DEC grantees

2020 DEC grantees

2019 DEC grantees

 

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. 

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.

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 a PDF of both the Community Arts and Arts Education grant guidelines. 

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-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.

 

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.