Funding Available for Arts and Cultural Activities Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties


Arts Mid-­Hudson announces the Decentralization Grant Program, a funding program with over $100,000 in funds to support the arts in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. This funding is available to nonprofit organizations, individuals artists, libraries, and municipalities for arts activities in 2020. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibits, performances, concerts, festivals, workshops, screenings, readings, cultural programming, artist-­initiated projects, and hands-on art workshops both in- and out-of-school. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2019. Information sessions begin on July 25.

The Decentralization Grant Program is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and is designed to support community-based arts activities in an effort to make quality arts programming available and to support local cultural expression. Contact: Lilia Pérez: 845-454-3222:

There are three distinct grant programs:

Project Grants – support arts and cultural activities that may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshops, performances, festivals, concerts, plays, temporary installations, screenings or readings.

The Individual Artist Commission – supports the creation of new work by an individual artist. Can engage a particular community in the artist’s creative process and/or presentation.

Arts Learning Grant – supports sequential, skill-based workshop series focused on the arts and artistic process. Projects can take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for closed groups which may include youth and/or senior learners

Information sessions will be held throughout the region for potential applicants to gain an understanding of this grant opportunity. All new applicants should plan on attending one. Sessions will be held:

Thursday July 25 12:30 – 2:30 PM Pine Hill Community Center
Tuesday July 30 3:00 – 5:00 PM Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie
Wednesday July 31 4:30 – 6:30 PM Monroe Free Library
Thursday Aug 1 4:30 – 6:30 PM Starr Library, Rhinebeck
Tuesday Aug 13 4:30 – 6:30 PM Kingston City Hall
Thursday Aug 15 3:00-5:00 PM Port Jervis Free Library
Wednesday Aug 21 3:00 – 5:00 PM Howland Public Library, Beacon
Thursday Aug 22 4:00 – 6:00 PM Shadowland Stages, Ellenville
Tuesday Aug 27 2:30 – 4:30 PM Newburgh Free Library
Thursday Aug 29 3:30 – 5:30 PM Millbrook Library
Wednesday Sept 4 5:30 – 7:30 PM Highland Public Library
Thursday Sept 5 3:00 – 5:00 PM Village of Walden

RSVP ONLINE at If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, and still wish to apply, you must contact the AMH Grants Team well in advance of the deadline, at 845.454.3222 or

This grant program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson is to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Fostering a diverse offering of arts and cultural programs, many free, attract a range of age groups, and are produced across a broad geographic area.