Decentralization and Regrant Programs

Decentralization Program

At the core of our mission to create vibrant arts communities statewide is our Decentralization (DEC) program. DEC initiates funding partnerships with regional arts councils and cultural organizations, enabling us to reach all 62 state counties. The local grant making organizations providing support in a wide range of arts disciplines are referred to as Decentralization (DEC) sites. Please refer to the list below to find the site serving your area.

DEC sites award funds through a formal application process and review proposals using a local peer panel process. DEC grants range up to a maximum of $5,000, though awards are typically in the range of $1,000 to $2,500. Application deadlines are set by each DEC site, so check your local site for details.

Organizations may not apply for NYSCA support and for DEC support in the same year.

Adirondack Lakes Center for Arts

Serves Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties

Arts Center of the Capital Region

Serves Albany, Renssalaer, and Schenectady Counties

Arts Council for Wyoming County

Serves Wyoming County

Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Serves Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties

Arts Mid-Hudson

Serves Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York

Serves Erie and Niagara Counties

ArtsWestchester

Serves Westchester and Rockland Counties

Auburn Public Theater

Serves Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties

Bronx Council on the Arts

Serves Bronx County

Brooklyn Arts Council

Serves Kings County

Cattaraugus County Arts Council

Serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties

Chenango Arts Council

Serves Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties

Community Arts Partnership

Serves Tompkins County

CNY Arts

Serves Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Serves Sullivan County

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council

Serves Genesee and Orleans Counties

Greene County Council on the Arts

Serves Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties

Huntington Arts Council

Serves Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Livingston Arts

Serves Livingston and Monroe Counties

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council

Serves Warren and Washington Counties

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Serves New York County 

Putnam Arts Council

Serves Putnam County

Queens Council on the Arts

Serves Queens County

Roxbury Arts Group

Serves Delaware County

Saratoga County Arts Council

Serves Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties

St. Lawrence County Arts Council

Serves Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties

Staten Island Arts

Serves Richmond County

Regrants

To provide more opportunities for artists and arts organizations, NYSCA partners with select grantees to administer NYSCA funding in the form of regrants. These grants serve individual artists, media arts practitioners, small theatres, museum collections, literary organizations, historic sites and museums and represent a variety of goals, including professional development, historic preservation, and the creation of new work.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

First launched in 1985, the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship has provided more than $30 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. Funds are unrestricted, and can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

The extensive list of past awardees includes the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and 15 MacArthur ''Genius'' Fellowships.

Media Arts Assistance Fund

In partnership with Wave Farm, supports the distribution and exhibition of works in all genres of time-based and moving image media, organizational and professional development, and convening and conference attendance.

NYSCA/A.R.T. NY Creative Opportunities Fund

Supports organizational growth or the development of new work for theatres with budgets of $500,000 or less, and organizations that have limited administrative capacity

NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment

Supports collections consultations and the purchase of supplies recommended by consultants

NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment

Supports the conservation needs related to artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout New York State

NYSCA LitTAP Literary Advancement Regrants

Supports program development and capacity building opportunities for nonprofit literary publishers, presenters and service organizations

NYSCA Museum Program Professional Development Grant

Supports museum staff opportunities to attend conferences, workshops, conduct research or view exemplary museums within New York State

Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops

Organizations that sponsor readings and workshops in New York State may apply for grants to be used for writers' fees.

Preservation League of New York State: Technical Assistance Grants

Support short-term projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, arts facilities including opera houses and theaters, and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public

Preserve New York

Supports grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.