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Grant Programs

NOTE: Open Grants Information Seminars have concluded for 2014, and the application deadlines for Capacity Building Grants and Decentralization Community Arts Grants have passed. Seminar dates for 2016 grants should be posted on this page by September, 2015.

The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester makes the following competitive grants:

For questions or more information, please contact:
Ann Salter
(585) 473-4000, ext. 208
asalter@artsrochester.org

Grant programs are offered contingent upon the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester’s receipt of funding. The Arts & Cultural Council reserves the right to cancel the grant programs at any time.


Capacity Building Grants
Grant Opportunities for Nonprofit Cultural Organizations

Capacity Building Grants are administered by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester with support from Rochester Area Community Foundation. This program will support 2015 projects that improve an organization’s management, develop audiences, strengthen fundraising and/or achieve operating efficiencies through shared resources. Applicants must be cultural organizations with budgets that do not exceed $800,000, located in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, or Yates County.


Decentralization Community Arts Grants
Grant Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations and Artists

Decentralization (DEC) Community Arts Grants are administered by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature. These grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, or collectives. An individual artist or collective may apply for DEC funds under the fiscal sponsorship of a community-based nonprofit. Specific requirements apply.


Many grants require that you provide the name and/or district number of your state senator and assembly member. Click here for help on finding that information.

Attention Arts Council Grantees: Please click here to download the approved language for acknowledging funding. Contact the Arts Council at (585) 473-4000 for print/web logos.

For both Capacity Building and DEC Grants, please click here to download the Arts & Cultural Council logo in multiple formats for grant acknowledgement purposes.

For Capacity Building Grants only, please click here to download Rochester Area Community Foundation's logo.

Final Report Form for 2014 Grantees.

Final Report Form for 2015 Grantees to be posted.



The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Rochester, NY 14615
(585) 473-4000