2024 Grant Applications
Due Thursday, March 14, 2024
The Schenectady County Legislature dedicates funds from the County's Hotel/Motel Bed Tax to support arts & culture activities presented by local organizations.
The Schenectady County Legislature's Arts & Culture Grant-supported events range from large summer concert series, festivals, and cultural celebrations to smaller neighborhood events, exhibits, workshops, and educational programs.
Arts & Culture Development Grants are competitive grants. Be detailed and convincing in your project description and let your idea shine. The information you provide will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. IRS letter of tax-exempt not-for-profit status (501(c)(3) organizations)
2. Charter issued by the Board of Regents under Section 216 Education Law
3. Letter on official letterhead, signed by the appropriate county, city, town or village executive or departmental official, verifying the organization’s status as an official agency or entity thereof
Only two applications per organization will be considered per funding cycle.
Applications are reviewed and judged using the following criteria:
Proposals for general support of fundraising events will not considered. Awards may be given in support of events that do have a fundraising component, but award must be used in support of an aspect of the event that includes historic education, tourism, or the performing/visual/literary arts.
An artist, performer, or community group that does not meet the eligibility criteria may apply with a fiduciary agent. The fiduciary agency must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school district, or municipality or municipal agency located in Schenectady County.
The fiduciary agency is responsible for receiving and managing the funds allocated to the project through the grant. The grantee must submit a signed letter on official letterhead from the organization's principal officer, affirming that they will act as a fiduciary agency for the project application. The applicant must also upload a signed copy of the fiduciary agency's W-9.
If awarded a grant, the fiduciary agency will need to sign the contract for the project, receive the check, and payout the funds accordingly.