CNY Arts, Inc.


mini-Statewide Community Regrants


The deadline for all mSCR applications has been extended to Wednesday May 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm!

The CNY Arts mini-Statewide Community Regrants program (mSCR) provides project-specific grant funding to individual artists, groups, and collectives (with partnering nonprofit fiscal sponsors) and to community nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural projects. mSCR supports and enables emerging professional artists and small organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley communities. There will be two funding strands through mSCR:

  • mini-Community Arts Grant (mCAG)
    • Award Amount: $500.00 to $1,000.00
  • mini-Arts Education Grant (mAEG)
    • Award Amount: $500.00 to $2,500.00


Grant Details

mSCR projects may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions, workshop series, performances, festivals, screenings, or readings. All funded mCAG projects must be community-based and open to the general public. All mAEG applications must be submitted with a secured teaching artist and a Community Based Sponsor (including public schools).

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 11:59 pm
    • Questions Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2022, at 5:00 pm
  • Who may apply: Nonprofit organizations and individual artists from Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Oswego counties. *mSCR is not available for Onondaga County!
  • Project Period: January 1 to December 31, 2022
  • Project Location: Must occur in the same county as the applicant's legal address

Funding is made possible through the Statewide Community Regrants Program (SCR, formerly known as Decentralization or DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts.


  • Complete Submittable Application
  • SCR Project Budget Form
  • Bios and Résumés of key artists
  • List of Project Locations and Venues
  • Proof of New York State and county residency
  • Artistic Work Samples & Support Materials
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Proof of Nonprofit Status
  • * If applying as an individual or unincorporated entity, you must provide a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement or a Community Based Partnership letter from a qualifying nonprofit organization in addition to the above documents.

Eligible Applicants

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a resident of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, or Oswego counties.
    • * Onondaga County residents are not eligible!
  • Must have a permanent address in the same county as the project location.
  • Must provide proof of nonprofit status (including 501(c)(3) status, NYS nonprofit status, and governmental or tribal organization status) OR
  • Must be an individual artist, collective, or other unincorporated entity with an eligible Fiscal Sponsor or Community Based Partner in the same county as the project location.

Ineligible Applicants

  • New York State agencies and departments (including BOCES and SUNY).
  • Public, private, or parochial elementary and secondary schools.
  • Students enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program.
  • Applicants with open contracts or outstanding Final Reports from previous grant cycles with CNY Arts.
  • Applicants who have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2022 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes A.R.T./New York's Creative Opportunity Fund.
  • Ineligible organizations may not serve as Fiscal Sponsors or Community Based Partners for other applicants.

All grant applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility before they enter the Peer Review Panel Process. All applications will be evaluated and scored according to the three criteria listed below for a maximum total of 15 points.

Creativity (5 points)

  • Quality of submitted samples of past works
  • Proposed artists and personnel should have experience and/or credentials that are well-matched to the project's goals.
  • High level of originality, innovation, and relevance.
  • Quality if project concept and design.

Access & Inclusion (5 points)

  • Engagement with historically excluded communities.
  • Consideration of community needs and interests (non-duplication of comparable existing programs or services).
  • Outreach and marketing plans for core audience should be appropriate and effective.
  • High level of collaboration with other organizations, artists, and businesses.
  • High level of cultural depth in audience experience.

Feasibility (5 points)

  • Overall clarity of project proposal with defined objectives.
  • A reasonable plan for implementation and evaluation.
  • Previously demonstrated ability to implement projects.
  • A realistic and achievable budget and timeline.

Eligible Expenses

All SCR grants are designed to provide project support. As such, all expenses must be related to supporting the proposed project. Applications with ineligible expenses included in the Budget Form or otherwise described in the project proposal may be disqualified.

  • Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services;
  • Project-specific administrative fees;
  • Space and equipment rental fees and other technical fees;
  • Combined equipment, software, & subscription purchases up to $1,000.00;
  • Project-specific supplies and materials (not including food or drink); and
  • Marketing & publicity, including printing, advertising, and postage.

Ineligible Expenses

  • General operating expenses;
  • Start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization;
  • Non-arts related social activities, including galas, benefits, receptions, parties, or fundraising events;
  • Food, drink, or any other expenses related to hospitality;
  • Entertainment, including balloons, clowns, magicians, or “sip and paint”;
  • Expenses for projects that are primarily recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or religious in nature, social service, therapy, and worship;
  • Building construction or development, capital improvements, acquisition of works of art, and contingency funds;
  • Individual equipment purchases exceeding $1,000.00;
  • Creation of textbooks and other classroom materials;
  • Expenses related to lobbying or any other advocacy;
  • Juried shows or competitions and cash prizes, scholarships, fellowships, regrants, or other monetary awards;
  • Fees paid to children;
  • Expenses related to events that take place in a private home or studio;
  • Expenses related to events that are restricted to the general public, such as camps or clubs (exception may be given for the Arts Education mini-Grant);
  • Expenses related to any activity that takes place outside the same county as the project location; and
  • Any fee, payment, or financial benefit to direct NYSCA applicants, regardless of funding status.*

*Direct NYSCA applicants are prohibited from handling box offices or ticketing for any project funded by the SCR program. Direct NYSCA applicants may not profit from the SCR program through donations or ticket sales, and they may not include projects funded by the SCR program in their season or programming.

Applicants must have a permanent address in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, or Oswego counties. Onondaga County applicants are not eligible!

The following documentation may be accepted as proof of residency:

  • NYS driver’s license.
  • 2020 tax return.
  • Utility or any other bill containing the individual's name and address, dated no earlier than 2019.

The following documentation may be accepted as proof of nonprofit status:

  • Letter of Determination from the IRS indicating tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3).
  • Documentation of charter by the NYS Board of Regents under section 216 of the NYS Education Law.
  • Documentation of incorporation under Section 402 of the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.
  • Current NYS Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt.
  • Official authorization as an arm of local government (i.e., a formal letter on official stationary signed by the appropriate county, city, town, or village executive).
  • Sign and adhere to the terms laid out in the contract (Funding Agreement);
  • Conduct all funded activities as described in the application narratives;
  • Provide CNY Arts with copies of promotional materials and an advance schedule of all funded events;
  • Provide CNY Arts with complimentary tickets for all funded events;
  • Submit a Final Report within 30 days of the completion of a project;
  • Attend the CNY Arts Awards Ceremony (anticipated May 2022);
  • Immediately notify CNY Arts in writing of any changes to the project, including dates, locations, admission fees, artists hired, or activities conducted (all changes to funded projects are subject to approval); and
  • Prominently and correctly include credit language for the grant award:

This project was made possible with the funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

  • Credit language must be accompanied by the CNY Arts Logo. The language may not be accompanied by the NYSCA logo.