2019 Arts Grants

By on June 19, 2018
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Genesee Valley Council on the Arts Announces Kick-Off of the 2019 Grants Cycle

Genesee Valley Arts Grants, part of the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, are administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts in Monroe and Livingston County. The grants are intended to support art and cultural programming such as exhibitions, workshops, public installations, demonstrations, performances, festivals, screenings, and readings. Projects may range from local cultural traditions to contemporary creative expression. Ideally, the funded projects are community-based, have far-reaching appeal, and are broad and inclusive in their reach.

Art and cultural events are an opportunity for life-long learning, entertainment, and overall life enrichment. The goal, through the Genesee Valley Arts Grants, is to increase advocacy and access to the arts in Livingston and Monroe County communities that traditionally have been underserved (those communities who have limited access to services, may be marginalized due to geography, race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability). The desired result is a higher sense of community, identity, and positive outlook on the role of art and culture for life in the Genesee Valley Region of Western New York.

New and innovative initiatives, that have the potential of becoming sustainable and independent, are encouraged. Applications are funded with priorities of: new programming, service to under-served populations, artistic merit, community involvement and feasibility. The applicant must be a non-profit organization located in Livingston or Monroe County, or an artist working in partnership with a non-profit organization (this includes churches and towns/villages). Applicants under the Artist in Education or Individual Artist Tier may apply as individuals.

This year the Council will be awarding over $100,000 in grants between Livingston and Monroe Counties. Applicants may apply for up to three grants totaling $5,000. The average grant is $1500 per project.

Beginning in June, Grant Seminars will be offered to familiarize applicants with the grant writing and application process. First-time applicants are required to attend one seminar. RSVP required, 2 days in advance.

For more information, and a full schedule of upcoming seminars, please visit grants.gvartscouncil.org. Program development and grant-writing assistance are also available by contacting the Program Coordinator, by phone: 585-243-6785 or by email: melissa@gvartscouncil.org.

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