CNY Arts, Inc.


2021 New Grant Cycle

CNY Arts 2021 Grant Cycle Announcement

New Grant Cycle!   

Get ready for more grants! The timing had to be adjusted this year, but we’re very happy to announce that $199,500 in funding is available for the 2021 Decentralization (DEC) Grant Cycle for individual artists, nonprofits and public schools. These grants support arts, culture, history, and heritage projects serving Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida,  Onondaga, or Oswego County residents.

Grants are made in three categories: 

  • Individual Artist Commissions support the development of new work that demonstrates substantial community benefit and involvement in the creative process.
  • Community Arts Grants support community-based nonprofits, groups, collectives or artists for arts programming or projects.
  • Arts Education Grants support arts education projects in the K-12 public school setting. 

DEC grant deadline May 31 at 11:59 pm

CNY Arts will award projects in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. Awards range from $500 to $5000 and require a 50% cash and/or in-kind match. Also, grants cannot fund more than 50% of an applicant’s total expenses.  

Decentralization grants were designed to empower local decision-making for arts funding. All applications are reviewed by independent peer panels made up of area residents, artists of various disciplines, arts administrators,  educators, and community leaders. This is a competitive grant process.  

Grant Information Sessions

CNY Arts is offering several Grant Information Sessions throughout the six counties until MAY 15.
Anyone interested in applying for a grant is encouraged to attend!  

Become a Grants Panelist 

For more information

Visit our GRANTS page, or contact Elizabeth Lane, Director of Programs, at or (315)  435-2158.  

The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, made possible with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.