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Schenectady County Announces 2021 County Initiative Arts Grant Program Recipients

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30 Organizations Will Receive a Total of $31,000

The Schenectady County Legislature announced 30 organizations will receive a total of $31,000 in funding through the 2021 County Initiative Program (CIP).

The Legislature created CIP grants to support local organizations’ activities in historic preservation, the performing, visual and literary arts, and programs promoting County tourism. Funding comes from the County’s hotel/motel occupancy tax.

“In the bleakest hours of the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of us turned to the arts as a light in the darkness,” said Schenectady County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt. “The Legislature is proud to support local arts organizations throughout the County through the reinstatement of the CIP grants. These organizations host events and programs that enhance our residents’ the quality of life and attract visitors from around the region.”

Projects receiving 2021 CIP grants include Kids Art Festival, Color the Canal, Duanesburg Summer Theater Program, Glenville Oktoberfest, Freedom Park Summer Concert Series, and the Town of Rotterdam Summer Center Concert Series.

Schenectady County has awarded over $525,000 in CIP grants since 2005.

For more information on the Schenectady County Initiative Arts Grant Program, including the list of organizations receiving funding, visit