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Schenectady County Announces 2021 County Initiative Grant Program

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Supports Art, Tourism and Historic Preservation

Schenectady County is accepting applications for the 2021 County Initiative Arts Grant Program (CIP). A total of $30,000 is available to local organizations in support of activities in historic preservation, the performing, visual and literary arts, or programs promoting County tourism. Proposed projects must take place between June 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

In 2019 a record 39 community organizations across the County were awarded CIP funding. Events funded in 2019 include the Kids Art Festival, the Freedom Park Concert Series, the Gazette Holiday Parade, Glenville Oktoberfest and the Little Italy Street Festival, as well as smaller community events including the Kids Ice Fishing Derby at Mariaville Lake and the Mohawk/Hudson Bike-Hike Trail “Color the Canal.” No funding was awarded in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Schenectady County is an arts and entertainment destination for residents and visitors alike,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “While many of our local organizations have been affected by the pandemic, they’ve still found unique and creative ways to continue serving our community when we needed it most. The Legislature is committed to the arts community, and supporting these programs and events through our County Initiative Arts Grant Program.”

Interested organizations can learn more about the program or fill out an application at This is the first year the application will be available exclusively online. The application deadline is Friday, May 26, 2021.