In the Community: Free DEC info session for grant funding

Grant funding is available for Broome County artists, performers, arts organizations and teaching artists.

Free information sessions will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Vestal Public Library and at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Mary Wilcox Memorial Library in Whitney Point.

Known as “traditional” or “classic” Decentralization (DEC) grants, Community Arts (CA) grants
provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or
individual artists. Individual artists must apply for a CA grant for a community-based project in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. CA support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural vibrancy in communities and neighborhoods where they live and work. CA grants provide support to develop, foster, promote, enhance, and increase community arts that address current cultural needs in Broome county.

Arts Education (AE) Grants: AE grants offer two funding categories: (1) K-12 In-School Projects and (2)
After-School & Community-Based Learning Projects. Funds can support arts education projects that take
place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Intercurricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! To register, call Chris Hoffman at the Chenango Arts Council—607.336-2787 or email

A minimum of 5 people is required for the session to take place.
Deadlines for registration:
VESTAL: Wednesday, August 9, by 4 p.m.
WHITNEY POINT: Wednesday, August 16, by 4 p.m.