Decentralization Grant Resources


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


Check back later in 2020 for information about the 2021 grant cycle.



Click here for information on last year’s grant cycle (2020)


How to submit your application: 

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

For technical questions about Submittables, please contact their support directly: 

Phone:  (855) 467-8264, ext. 2



Grant Applications (for reference only):

2020 Community Arts Grant Application

2020 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:

2020 Community Arts Budget Template(Required to use for the Community Arts application)

2020 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 begins by 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. Seminars are due to take place later in 2020—if possible, in various locations throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties and/or in online seminars such as via Zoom. The tabs below for the seminar schedule and registration are from last year. The seminar schedule and registration access for this year will be available once the 2021 application guidelines are published.

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 Decentrlizatin grantees credit the DEC program appropriately. It helps raise awareness for funding programs like DEC, and shows your Legislators and NYSCA council 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 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


Find your local legislatures and elected officials.