Are these grants for me?

Artists, artist collectives, non-profits, libraries, and local municipalities can apply directly for grants. Others may be eligible to apply with the help of another organization. These grants are for programs in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties of New York State.

If you’ve never written or applied for a grant before, these grants are the perfect place to start. Before the application deadline, our Grant Coordinator, Alicia Murphy, can provide one-on-one assistance and support to help you feel comfortable with the application process.

If you are thinking about applying for the first time, please give us a call at 315-265-6860 to chat about your ideas! We can help you to figure out if these grants are the best fit for the project you’re considering.

The next application deadline is September 15, 2018, for projects that take place in 2019.

Available Grants:

  • Public Art Fellowship
    • Who can apply: Individual artists – check is written directly to the artist.
    • Match required? No matching funds required.
    • Request/award: $2,500 (not a range)
    • Funds are intended for new, original work that engages a segment of the community through a public program and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.


  • Teaching Artists’ Fund
    • Who can apply: Individual artists, non-profits, or unincorporated organizations, working in partnership with K-12 public schools or community-based partners. Check written directly to artist or organization.
    • Match required? 25% match required, can be cash or in-kind (goods or services) donations.
    • Request/award: $300-$5,000
    • Provide rich, artistic learning experiences for K-12 public school students or community-based life-long learners.


  • Community Arts Grant
    • Who can apply: Municipalities, libraries, or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. In addition, individual artists or
      organizations may apply with an eligible municipality, library, or non-profit acting as a fiscal sponsor. Check written directly to the municipality, library, or non-profit organization.
    • Match required? Minimum 25% cash match from other sources.
    • Request/award: $300-$5,000
    • Public arts experiences.


Free info workshops:

Free informational workshops are scheduled every summer throughout the tri-county area.
First-time applicants are required to attend a workshop before submitting an application.

Please register online for a free workshop near you.

Monday, July 23, 11:00 – 12:30 – Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton

Thursday, July 26, 2:00 – 3:30 – Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, Massena

Monday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:30 – Hepburn Library of Edwards, Edwards

Thursday, August 2, 5:00 – 6:30 – North Country Arts Council, Watertown

Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30 – Ogdensburg Public Library, Ogdensburg

Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30 – Flower Memorial Library, Watertown

Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:30 – Canton Free Library, Canton

Tuesday, August 21, 11:00 – 12:30 – Lewis County Historical Society, Lowville

Download a printable workshop schedule. 




Paperwork for people applying for a grant:

Apply online for a grant:

Apply online for a grant.  Submission deadline is September 15, 2018, for projects taking place in 2019.

After you get a grant:

  • Credit the grant correctly: “These grant opportunities are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.”
  • Fill out the 2018 Performance Schedule Form here: Notify SLC Arts as soon as possible if any changes need to be made to your program.
  • Are you an artist getting paid by a grant? You need to sign this form so we can legally pay you.
  • Survey your audience: Audience Survey Form
  • Expect a visitor from SLC Arts to come see your program. Here’s what they’ll be looking for:

Questions? Want to learn more?

Free informational workshops are scheduled every summer throughout the tri-county area. First-time applicants are required to attend a workshop before submitting an application. For more information, please contact Alicia Murphy, Regrants & Community Engagement Coordinator, at grants(at) or 315-265-6860.