Welcome to the Community Arts Grant page!

Community Arts Grants, part of the Decentralization Program (DEC) of The New York State Council on the Arts, is administered by the Genesee Valley COuncil on the Arts to encourage and promote art and cultural projects to enhance cultural vibrancy throughout Livingston and Monroe Counties. The grants are intended to support art and cultural programming such as exhibitions, workshops, public installations, demonstrations, performances, festivals, screenings, and readings. Projects may range from local cultural traditions to contemporary creative expression. Ideally, the funded projects are community-based, have far-reaching appeal, and are broad and inclusive in their reach.

Our goal, through the Community Arts Grants, is to increase advocacy and access to the arts in Livingston and Monroe County communities that traditionally have been underserved (those communities who have limited access to services, may be marginalized due to geography, race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability). The desired result is a higher sense of community, identity, and positive outlook on the role of art and culture for life in Livingston County and Monroe County, New York.

We encourage new and innovative initiatives that have the potential of becoming sustainable and independent. Applications are funded with priorities of: new programming, serving under-served populations, artistic merit, community involvement and feasibility. The applicant must be a non-profit organization located in Livingston or Monroe County, or an artist working in partnership with a non-profit organization (this includes churches and towns/villages).

Applicants are able to apply for up to $5,000 total although our average grants are $1,000 per project.

Applicants must consult directly with the Program Coordinator before applying. Assistance in developing a program and writing your grant is available by contacting the Program Coordinator at 585.243.6785 or melissa@gvartscouncil.org.

Please review the Community Arts Grant Guidelines to ensure that you, your organization and your program are eligible to apply.


If you conclude that you are, please fill out the form at the Apply Here! page and upload all necessary supporting documentation. When uploading, remember that your file sizes must be under 1.4MB. If you have a file that is larger than that, please email Melissa (melissa@gvartscouncil.org) to discuss options.

The budget sheet and signature sheet are available for you to download from the “Forms and Documents” Page. Complete and upload them to your online application to complete the process.

Apply Here!

CAG Signature Page