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 2016 New York State Council on the Arts regrants. The session will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 95 Perry St., fourth floor, Buffalo. Applications are due at noon Oct. 16.
To apply for one of the following 2016 DEC grants, attendance at an information session is mandatory for new applicants, but also open to past applicants:
•Erie County Community Arts
•Niagara County Community Arts
•Erie County Arts Education
•Niagara County Arts Education
•Erie and Niagara County Individual Artist Grant
"Arts Services Initiative's commitment to outreach is clear; over the past month, we have conducted 10 information sessions throughout Niagara and Erie counties to ensure that organizations and artists have the tools they need to apply for these grants," Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "Nonetheless, we have heard from several potential applicants asking for one more chance to attend a session, and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to apply, so we're giving them one last opportunity."
Applicants also have the opportunity to have ASI review their drafts and recommend changes for completeness and clarity if they submit early.
"Organizations and artists shouldn't miss out on getting a good project funded, because of a technicality or because this might be their first time submitting a grant. So we want to make sure their good ideas shine through," ASI Associate Director and DEC Coordinator Jen Swan added.
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 two artists in Erie County and two artists in Niagara County. Cultural organizations that did not apply for 2016 NYSCA funding, other not-for-profit organizations with arts programming, and individual artists are some of those qualified to apply. Full guidelines and applications are available at www.asiwny.org.