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.

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.

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.

2019 Grant Cycle: Seminars and Deadlines

If you or your organization are interested in applying for a grant, please join us for a seminar. Seminars are designed to familiarize applicants with the grant-writing and application process. A list of this year’s grant seminars is now available on our Calendar Page.

  • 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 (at least 2 days in advance). To rsvp, contact the Program Coordinator at melissa@gvartscouncil.org.

Application Deadlines: Applications must be submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted.

  • Livingston County Applicants: 4pm on the third Thursday in September (Sept. 20th)
  • Monroe County Applicants: 4pm on the third Thursday in October (Oct. 18th)


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.

Forms & Documents

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