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The ARTS Council’s Individual Artist Grants 2021 – U.S.

The ARTS Council’s Individual Artist Grants 2021 – U.S.


Applications are now open for Individual Artist Grant that supports the creation of new work by an individual artist in a community setting. These grants are made possible with public, Decentralization (DEC) funds from the New York State Council on the ARTS (NYSCA), a state agency, and administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council).

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The goal of Individual Artist Grant is to support the creative work of individual artists in all disciplines while encouraging interaction between artists and community members.

Projects may include exhibitions, site-specific works, installations, performances, or any other events or activities that are accessible to the general public.

Funding Information

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 are available to individual artists.
Up to four grants may be awarded.
Eligibility Criteria

Individual Artist Grants 2021 are awarded via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:
Artistic and/or Cultural Merit
Strength of Artistic Work Sample
Community Accessibility to Created Work
Managerial & Fiscal Competence
Individual artist residing in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, or Tioga county are eligible for this program.
Artists under 18 years of age and/or enrolled in a higher education degree program are not eligible to apply.
Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Created artwork may be visual, literary, media, musical, multi-dimensional, or performance in nature.
All created artwork must be made accessible to a segment of the community through a public program, whether in-person or virtually.
NYSCA applicants may offer their venue gratis, handle ticketing, and provide other support for the project, however projects cannot financially benefit direct NYSCA applicants.
Application Criteria

Each project is reviewed on the basis of its own merits and against others in the application pool.
Limited funds are available and priority will be given to applications that meet the criteria listed in the
application guidelines.
Review panelists use the criteria to decide whether or not to fund an applicant.
Always return to the criteria to see if you’re meeting them.
Application Submission Process

Deadline Free Grants
Applications can only be submitted through the online application system. Paper, handwritten, handdelivered,
faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted. Additional guidelines on how to
use the system are found on our website.
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