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Decentralization Grant Overview

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 Council’s most effective means of making arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population. The program serves each of the state’s 62 counties and funds volunteer community organizations as well as established non-profit corporations with paid professional staff.

The program forms the cornerstone of the Council’s partnership with local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between the Council 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 the Council. The 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 including the creation of new work by individual artists directly through the Individual Artist Category.

Please note: Due to COVID 19 restrictions, all Community Arts grant application seminars will be held via Zoom or one on one with the Grants Coordinator, either in person or via the Zoom platform. Please contact Linda Franke at or at 585-237-3517 ext 102 to set up an appointment or to get a link to attend one of the following scheduled Application Seminars:


Community Arts Grants Applications for 2021 are now closed.  

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