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The Community Arts Grant program was created in 1971 so that communities could determine their own preferences in arts and cultural programming. Any town, village or non-profit is eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to create a project. For the first three years of request, the maximum allowed is $3,000 and a project must show significant growth to receive $5,000. 

The Community Arts Grant program will also fund a $2500 Individual Artist Grant and $6,000 in Arts Education Grants for public schools. The Arts Education program focuses on arts projects in public schools that offer sequential skills based study of one or more art forms. The grant will be paid directly to the artist or cultural institution. This year, the community arts panel will determine funding for this grant.In addition to a grant sponsored by a non-profit, artists can now apply directly to ACWC for a $2500 grant to create work in a community context. 

The Community Arts Grants funding priorities align with the Wyoming County Community Cultural plan. They encourage projects that break down barriers in the community, create dialogue about the arts, promote community growth, and engage local artists. The Community Arts Grants are all about meeting the needs of the location they serve.


Applicants are also required to attend a grant writing workshop or meet with grant coordinator Kathryn Hollinger to discuss their projects to be eligible to apply. The grant workshops will be held during the summer.

Reservations are not necessary to attend a workshop, but it is strongly recommended that the person who will write the grant attend. To receive an application by mail, call the ACWC at 585-237-3517.

Community Arts Grants Workshop Schedule 2018

Thursday, 9/13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcade Free Library, Arcade, New York

Tuesday, 9/18 at 3:00 pm at the ACWC building, Perry, New York

Deadline October 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

For DEC Grant information contact Kathryn Hollinger at (585) 237-3517 or

For 2018 Cycle Grantees: Final Grant reports are due on January 30, 2019 or preferably 30 days after your event.

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