Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC), now called Statewide Community Regrants, was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Renamed the Statewide Community Regrant Program in 2021, these grants have 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.
Statewide Community Regrant funds are regranted locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of the Council. The “SCR” 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 culture in their respective communities including the creation of new work by individual artists directly through the Individual Artist Category.
Round 2 applications are due March 31 at 4 PM.
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of NYSCA with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.