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.  DEC 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 DEC Program serves each of the state’s 62 counties and is administered in Monroe and Livingston Counties by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

Through DEC, grants up to $5000 are available for community-based projects in any visual, literary and performing art discipline. Grants are intended to support arts and cultural programming such as exhibitions, workshops, installations, performances, festivals, and screenings. Projects may range from local cultural traditions to contemporary creative expression. Individual Artists, Non-Profits, and local government entities may apply.

Deadlines: 2020 Grant Cycle

  • Livingston County: 4pm on the third Thursday in September (Sept. 19th)
  • Monroe County: 4pm on the third Thursday in October (Oct. 17th)

For more information, 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.

Forms & Documents

Get the grant documents you need in our Forms and Documents Center.

Grant Seminars

View a schedule of upcoming seminars for the 2020 Grant Cycle.

Congratulations to our 2019 Recipients!

Grantee Responsibilities, Grant Logo, Credit Statement, and a full list of recipients for Monroe and Livingston Counties can be found under the “Recipients” Header in the Main Menu.



Join our mailing list by contacting melissa@gvartscouncil.org and receive updates on the Decentralization Program and other grant opportunities offered by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Interested in applying for 2020?

Guidelines for the 2020 Grant Cycle are now available on the “Forms and Documents” Page.  A schedule of informational seminars for Monroe and Livingston Counties is available on the “Calendar” Page. Seminars are mandatory for first-time applicants.