Welcome!

Welcome to the Homepage of the Genesee Valley Arts Grants Program. Our program began in 1977 with the creation of the Decentralization Program (DEC) by the New York State Council on the Arts. DEC was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state.  Decentralization has since become one of the Council’s most effective means of making arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population.  The program serves each of the state’s 62 counties and funds volunteer community organizations as well as established non-profit corporations with paid professional staff. The DEC Program is administered in Monroe and Livingston Counties by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

For more information on the Grant Program, please refer to the page headings listed in the main menu. You can review guidelines, find documents, learn about past recipients, and apply through our online system. We look forward to working with you as you move through the application process.

If you are a 2018 grant recipient, congratulations! Please see the list of items you will need to be successful in completing all of your grant requirements, found on the Grant Recipient Responsibilities Page, under the Grants header in the main menu.

2019 Grant Cycle: More Information Coming Soon!

If you, or your organization, are interested in applying for a grant through the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, please join us for a seminar.

  • Livingston County Applicants: New applicants OR applicants that have not applied in the past two years are required to attend at least ONE seminar in either county.
  • Monroe County Applicants: New applicants OR applicants that have not applied in the past two years are required to attend at least ONE seminar in either county.

Once the grant seminar dates are posted, you MUST RSVP for the seminar you would like to attend.

Forms & Documents

Get the forms and guidelines you need in our Forms and Documents center.