Funding Available for Arts and Cultural Activities

Arts Mid­Hudson announces the availability of over $100,000 in funds to support arts-­related activities taking place in 2019. Activities may include workshops, exhibits, performances, concerts, festivals, screenings, readings, cultural programming, artist-­initiated projects, and hands on arts workshops both in and out of school in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. Information sessions begin September 11 .

This 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

There are three distinct grant programs:

PROJECT GRANTS support arts and cultural activities of nonprofit organizations, community groups and individual artists, including work in theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, traditional arts, historical and cultural activities, as well as  the use of libraries and community-based organizations as venues for the arts. Grant requests may range from $500 – $5,000.

The INDIVIDUAL ARTIST COMMISSION A $2,500 grant towards the creation of new work.

Can engage the community in the artist’s creative process and/or presentation. (NEW 2019)

The ARTS LEARNING GRANT funds up to $5,000 for sequential, skill-based workshops focused on the arts and artistic process. Projects can take place in-school during the school day or in after-school and community-based settings for groups of any age. Artists, cultural groups and nonprofit organizations may apply.

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:

Sept 11
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Marlboro Library
Sept 12
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Goshen Library
Saturday Sept 15 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie
Sept 21
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Starr Library, Rhinebeck
Sept 24
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh
Sept 25
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Pine Hill Community Center
Oct 1
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
Oct 2
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monroe Library
Oct 9
6:00 – 8:00 PM
LGBTQ Center, Kingston
Oct 11
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Pawling Public Radio
Oct 19
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Orange County Arts Council
Oct 23
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Howland Public Library, Beacon
Oct 26
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Highland Library

Contact: Merritt Minnemeyer: 845-454-3222:


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.

For more information on Arts Mid-Hudson: