Decentralization Grant Resources


Please contact our Grant Coordinator, Fred Balzac, with any questions about the Decentralization Grant Program.


Click here for information on the 2021 grant cycle


How to submit your application: 

All grant applications must be submitted electronically through our online application system at Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Submittable

For technical questions about Submittable, please contact their team directly: 

Phone:  (855) 467-8264, ext. 2



Grant Applications (for reference only):

2021 Community Arts Grant Application

2021 Arts Education Grant Application


Grant Writing Tips:

In addition to attending a DEC Information Seminar, please read the updated Community Arts and/or Arts Education Guidelines in their entirety. These guidelines are amended each year to meet NYSCA's requirements. 

Download this Brainstorming Worksheet to organize your thoughts into a competitive grant application. 

Project narratives should be thorough, clear, and concise. Any narratives regarding your budget should match your budget form, and any large or questionable expenses on your budget form should be explained in your budget notes. 

Suggested information to include in your project narrative:


Templates to Download:

2021 Community Arts Budget Template(Required to use for the Community Arts application)

2021 Arts Education Budget Template(Required to use for the Arts Education application)

Lesson Plan Template - Arts Education Grants


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.orgBecause of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all seminars for the 2021 application cycle were held online via Zoom. Please click on the tabs below to see the 2020-2021 seminar schedule or to register for a future seminar once they are scheduled. 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


Applicant Eligibility

For specific questions about your eligibility, please contact the Grant Coordinator, Fred Balzac.

Eligible Applicants

Ineligible Applicants


Crediting Your Grant

It is mandatory that all Decentralization grantees credit the DEC program appropriately. It helps raise awareness for funding programs like DEC and shows your legislators and NYSCA staff members how valuable these funds are. Please use the following language on all DEC grant-sponsored program materials:

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

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