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Arts Services Initiative of WNY: 'Last chance' to qualify for community arts, arts education, individual artist grants

by jmaloni

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Sat, Sep 20th 2014 07:00 am

All new applicants must attend information session to qualify

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York has announced one final "last chance" information session for the 2015 New York State Council on the Arts regrants (DEC grants). The session will take place Monday at noon at 95 Perry St., 5th Floor, Buffalo. Applications are due at noon Oct. 10.

Attendance at an information session is mandatory for new applicants to apply for one of the following 2015 DEC grants:

•Erie County Community Arts

•Niagara County Community Arts

•Erie County Arts Education

•Niagara County Arts Education

•Erie County Individual Artist Commission

•Niagara County Individual Artist Commission

"So far, we have conducted 13 information sessions throughout Niagara and Erie counties, with an estimate of 60 organizations and 20 individual artists, who would be new applicants, in attendance," said ASI Associate Director and DEC grant coordinator Jen Swan. "One of our goals this year was to increase outreach to new applicants, and the attendance attests to that outreach. Many potential applicants have contacted us about wanting another session before the deadline date; we wanted to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to learn about this funding source and decided to host an additional session."

These grants are open to any 501(c) 3 organization that did not apply to the New York State Council on the Arts for 2015; small and emerging arts groups; artists; and non-arts groups such as municipalities, community centers and senior centers with arts programming. Grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 are available for community arts and arts education, and commissions in the amount of $2,500 are available for the individual artist category.

Returning applicants do not need to attend an information session. Full guidelines and applications are available at www.asiwny.org.

"This is ASI's third year administering this regrant program, and every year we try to make the process easier and more accessible across both counties," Swan said. "We look forward to new and returning applicants this year, which cover a range of programming throughout our region."

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