Decentralization Grants

Thank you for your interest in Decentralization Grants. We will be posting 2017 sessions this spring for information to apply in 2017 for funding in 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write or call Annie with questions: 607-326-7908, or

The Roxbury Arts Group is proud to administer the Decentralization Grant Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, in Delaware County. DEC funds are used to support projects in three areas: Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist.

Community Arts grants constitute the majority of DEC re-grant activity. These grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or artists. Community Arts Grant support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.

Arts Education grants support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education funds are designed to support arts education projects in K-12 school settings. Arts Education funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists working in partnership with public schools. Projects must take place in schools and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 5 hands-on learning sessions with students.

Individual Artist grants support the development of new work by artists that demonstrate substantial community benefit and involvement during the creative process. Grants awarded to applicants in the Individual Artist Category are viewed as a partnership between the applicant artist, the Roxbury Arts Group, and the benefiting community members. Due to this fact, all applicants to the Individual Artist Category must contact the Roxbury Arts Group directly at 607.326.7908.

For more information about the Decentralization Grant Program call 607.326.7908 or email Annie Schwed, Grant & Community Coordinator, at

2017 Decentralization Grant Session dates:

  • Wednesday           August 2, 2017               Roxbury Arts Group
    5:00 p.m.                                                      5025 Vega Mountain Rd, Roxbury
  • Thursday               August 3, 2017               Franklin Free Library
    2:30 p.m.                                                      334 Main St, Franklin
  • Saturday               August 5, 2017               Stamford Village Library
    12:00 p.m.                                                    117 Main St, Stamford
  • Wednesday           August 9, 2017               William B Ogden Free Library
    2:30 p.m.                                                      42 Gardiner Place, Walton
  • Friday                    August 11, 2016             Bushel Collective
    5:30 p.m.                                                      84 Main Street, Delhi
  • Tuesday                August 15, 2016             Andes Public Library
    10:15 a.m.                                                    242 Main St, Andes


Attending a Grant Information Session is highly recommended.  If you do not chose to attend a meeting, contact Annie Schwed to discuss your intent to apply.




2017 Decentralization Grant Awardees

Congratulations to our 2017 Decentralization Grant Awardees! We are so excited to provide funding to these exemplary artists and organizations that are offering wonderful and enriching arts programming in Delaware County.

The public is invited to the Decentralization Award Ceremony on Friday, March 24 at 5:30 PM at the Roxbury Arts Center where 2017’s successful applicants will be recognized for this contribution to the artistic voice of Delaware County.

Community Arts Grants

Tri-Town Theatre/The Fantastiks: Tri-Town Theatre will be performing a full staged production of “The Fantastiks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, featuring community actors. For more information:

Hancock Partners/2017 Summer Nights LIVE on The Square: A series of music and dance performances spanning multiple genres and cultures in Hancock’s Town Square. For more information:

MURAL on Main(FS)/Halcottsville Shakespeare Company(HSC):  With Support from MURAL on Main, the HSC will present Romeo and Juliet, in the midst of the Round Barn Farmer’s market, featuring teen actors from both Delaware County and the Bronx. For more information: 607-201-2674

Andes Free Library(FS)/5th Annual Dancing in the Park: The 5th Annual Dancing in the Park features visual artists and dancer/choreographers of the Catskills collaborating in a celebration of our human body and the natural world in which we live as a part of the 2017 Andes Community Day celebration. Ballentine Park, date and time coming soon!

MARK Project(FS)/Local Wisdom – Community Performance Theatre: Using the art of storytelling for the development of two Local Wisdom workshops and one public performance. Real life stories of community members helps to foster a sense of place and trigger ongoing communication, collaboration, and community sustainability.  For more information:

Writers in the Mountain(FS)/Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2017: An installation project of poetry by local poets stenciled on to the sidewalks in Roxbury, to be revealed only when wet, during the month of July. For more information:

Longyear Gallery/Classes with Longyear Artists: Three artist members, Elaine Mayes, Helene Manzo, and Gerda van Leeuwen) of the Longyear Gallery will offer art workshops for the community.  For more information: or 845.586.3270

Hobart Community Foundation(FS)/Hobart Festival of Women Writers, 2017: The Festival of Women Writers annually presents public readings, writing workshops, and daylong writing intensives by up to 20 published women writers for up to 80-90 women participants. Landscape exquisite.  For more information: or 607.538.9222

Hancock Community Education Foundation/Nature Inspired Art Workshop Series: Nature Inspired Art Workshops to be held at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve & Science Center and the Hancock Town Square from April 2017 until September 2017. For more information: or 607.637.5262

Village of Delhi(FS)/Summer Strings Youth Ensemble: The project will provide students of Delaware County an affordable summer music camp experience for string players – grades 7 through 12 in Delaware County. For more information: Coming Soon!

MURAL on Main/AMR—Artists Making aRt ™– Open Studios Tour 2017: The studio tours involve 30 artists who engage studio visitors in the ‘inspiration to creation’ process on these two weekends: July 8 & 9 (Stamford-Hobart-South Kortright) and July 29 & 30 (Margaretville-Roxbury). For more information:

MARK Project(FS)/Gilding Bee: An interactive art series of artist led gold leafing workshops and a community exhibition designed to connect the diverse seasonal and year round residents of Fleischmanns. For more information:

Friends of Music of Stamford/A Concert by the New Asia Chamber Music Society: Friends of Music of Stamford will present a concert of chamber music by the New Asia Chamber Music Society, featuring trio and quartet combinations and a rare Chinese stringed instrument, the er-hu. For more information:

Community Chorale of the Catskills/Concert Music and Musicians: The Community Chorale of the Catskills performs 2 concerts each year (each concert performed twice, once at Roxbury Central School and once at Margaretville United Methodist Church) in June and December. For more information: 607.652.2162

William B. Ogden Library/The Music in Us: This series consists of musical arts presentations by Bells & Motley, and Chelsie Henderson and Wayne White of Rural Soul Studio, that will take place in June and July of 2017. For more information: 607.865.5929

Arts in Education Grants:

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development/Healthy Waters: Utilizing Art to Teach Science: Artist Bryan Perrin utilizes art to teach and enforce scientific concepts related to stream health at . For more information: or 845.586.2611


Anyone who wishes to attend the Decentralization Grant Program Award ceremony on Friday, March 24 at 5:30 pm are asked to RSVP to the Roxbury Arts Group by calling 607.326.7908. This event is free!


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