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 submission deadline for projects taking place in 2020 has passed.  Applications for projects taking place in 2021 will be accepted Summer 2020.  

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 Informational Grant Workshops:

Free informational grant workshops are scheduled every summer throughout the tri-county area.

The application deadline for projects taking place in 2020 has passed.  Workshops for projects taking place in 2021 will be held June – August 2020.  

Paperwork for People Applying for a Grant:


Apply Online for a Grant:

The submission deadline for projects taking place in 2020 has passed.  Applications for projects taking place in 2021 will be accepted Summer 2020.  



After You Get a Grant:

  • Credit the grant correctly: “This project is 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 M Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.”
  • 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@slcartscouncil.org or 315-265-6860.

Want to serve as a grant review panelist? Know someone who might?

The grant review panel is critical to our regrant program, and relies on community input to fairly distribute funding. SLC Arts is always looking for volunteers willing to commit the time and dedication needed to serve as a panelist. If you or someone you know loves art, lives in the tri-county region, and would like to help your local arts community in a big way, please consider submitting a nomination for a grant review panelist here.

Phone: 315.265.68680

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