Decentralization Grants

The Roxbury Arts Group is proud to administer the Decentralization Grant Program (DEC), a re-grant 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, students in After-School programs, and students of all ages in Community-based Centers in rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists working in partnership with public schools or organizations. K-12 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 3 hands-on learning sessions with students. After-school and community-based learning place the emphasis on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

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.


2019 Decentralization Grant Awardees

Congratulations to our 2019 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. 

DEC Award Funded Events for 2019

Community Arts Grants:

The Downsville Historical Society supports “Rural Entropy OR Seven Billboards in Colchester,” an art installation of seven silkscreened billboards which will be placed throughout the town of Colchester from May 30 to November 22, 2019. For more information: or

Franklin Local offers “Music at the Market,” a weekly, free music performance at the Franklin Farmers’ Market, at the front lawn of Chapel Hall, 25 Institute Street, Franklin, every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, from May 26 though October 13, 2019. For more information:

The Community Chorale of the Catskills performs two concerts, one at Roxbury Central School and one at Margaretville United Methodist Church, in both June and December, for a total of four concerts, featuring a work commissioned for the group, composed by Gerald Custer. For more information:

The Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve presents the “2019 Arts for All Festival” which provides hands on artistic activities for the entire community by professional artists and offers musical and theatrical performances, at 2515 Tower Mountain Road, Stamford, NY, on Saturday, June 8, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Partners, Inc. offers “2019 Summer Nights LIVE! on The Square,” a series of six, free cultural arts performances at the Hancock Town Square, on alternate Friday evenings, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Community Education Foundation provides 2 free Musical Workshops for 80 Children in Hancock, in partnership with the Hancock Partners Summer Nights Live on the Square Performances, at the Town Square on Friday, June 7 and Friday, July 19, 2019. For more information:

The Walton Theatre Preservation Association supports the first annual “Walton Art Walk,” a self-guided walking art tour, free and open to the public, presented by the West Branch Artists, made up of local Delaware County artists, artisans and designers, and showcasing artwork at a variety of accessible venues consisting of businesses, cultural and public spaces located within the Village of Walton, NY, on Saturday, July 20 from, 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information:

The William B. Ogden Free Library offers the community “Celebrate the Arts: Theater, Song and Dance,” a series of three arts performances and interactive workshops: Merry Go Round Youth Theater performance on July 20 at 11am; Catskill Dance Moves workshop on July 27 at 11am; and Tom Sieling’s “Howl at the Moon” music performance at 11am on August 3, 2019. For more information: or

The Andes Society for History and Culture supports “Dance Landscapes: Dancing in the Park #6,” a unique, site-specific dance performance created by professional choreographers and dancers David Capps, Victoria Lundell, and Gloria McLean and visual artist Michael Milton, to be premiered in George Ballantine Park, Andes, in celebration of the Andes Bicentennial, on Andes Community Day, August 10, 2019. For more information:

The Andes Society for History and Culture supports Victoria Kupchinetsky’s “The Town That Shot The Sheriff,” a documentary about the Anti-Rent War and similar issues still being topical today, to be screened at several venues over the celebratory Andes Community Day weekend during the Town of Andes’ bicentennial celebrations in August 2019. For more information:

The Hobart Community Foundation supports the “Hobart Festival of Women Writers,” a 2 1/2 day event featuring professional women writers, from all genres, who offer a range of writing workshops and present a variety of public readings, at multiple locations in the Village of Hobart, on September 6, 7, and 8, 2019. For more information:

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY presents a performance with “Pegasus: The Orchestra”, a chamber orchestra based in New Jersey. This large ensemble chamber music concert performance will feature American symphonic compositions rewritten for a small orchestra at the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main St, Stamford, NY, on Sunday, September 15, 2019. For more information:

Delaware County Arc presents “Studio 190: The Selfie Project,” an expansion on the success of last year’s Studio 190 Visions and Dreams project which encourages each artist to create his/her own personalized selfie portrait and video diary of the art work they are doing at the Arc’s Resource for Industry, 190 Prospect Avenue, Walton, throughout 2019. For more information: or

The Tri-Town Theatre presents a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” at the Sidney Central School, 95 West Main Street, Sidney, on October 12, 13, 18, and 19, 2019. For more information:

Arts Education Grants:

The Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild, in partnership with Delaware Opportunities, Inc., presents an arts and crafts program that focuses on developing preschoolers’ non-verbal artistic skills, while introducing them to math and science vocabulary and concepts, in several Head Start sites throughout Delaware County, from March 1 through November 22, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Education Foundation hosts 3-Day Opera Workshops and Performance with Tri Cities Opera, for 100 students enrolled in the K-9th Grade After School Program at the Hancock Central School, from March 27-29, 2019. For more information:

The Roxbury Library Association supports “Moving Mountains” with Columbine Macher, a dance workshop for senior residents at Mountainside Residential Care in Margaretville, from May through October 2019. For more information:

Individual Artist Grant:

Caroline Fay presents “Art & Community for the Birds,” a year-long art and research project that will raise awareness of conservation and protection through a series of artworks, art workshops and community building. “Art & Community for the Birds” workshops will take place at the Big Little Art Studio and East Brook Studios in Walton from April through October, with an exhibition at the Bushel Arts Collective in Delhi to take place in November 2019. For more information:


Final Report Forms for 2019 Decentralization Grant Awardees

If you complete a Decentralization Grant funded project in 2019, you are required to complete DEC Final Report and Final Budget forms and submit them to within 30 days of the completion of your project or by December 31, 2019. If you make changes to your project as it was described in your application, you are required to submit a Change of Scope Form and alert the Roxbury Arts Group.


The application period for the Decentralization Grant Program funding for 2019 has ended. Applications will no longer be accepted. Information about funding for the Decentralization Grant Program in 2020 will be available here in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about the Decentralization Grant Program, the Roxbury Arts Group hosts Decentralization Grant Information Sessions, which are offered throughout Delaware County. An in-depth review of the guidelines and application will be presented at each Grant Information Session. The individual responsible for completing the grant application is encouraged to attend. ALL applicants, even those that have received funding in the past, MUST meet with Roxbury Arts Group staff to discuss your project. Failure to do so will render your application ineligible for review/consideration. Applicants who are unable to attend an Information Session may request a meeting with the Grants & Community Coordinator at 607.326.7908 or

In 2018, Decentralization Grant Information Sessions were held:

  • Saturday, August 11, 1p, at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury
  • Tuesday, August 14, 10a, at the Deposit Community Historical Society, 145 Second Street, Deposit
  • Thursday, August 16, 5:30p, at the Cannon Free Library, 40 Elm Street, Delhi
  • Wednesday, August 22, 12p, at the Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell
  • Friday, August 24, 4p, at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, 785 Main Street, Margaretville
  • Tuesday, August 28, 1p, at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve, 404 West Main Street, Hancock

In addition, there was an INDIVIDUAL ARTIST SPECIAL SESSION on:

  • Thursday, August 30, 2p, at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury

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

If you are unable to attend a grant session in person, please contact the Arts Group to discuss your program/application. It is suggested that you review the guidelines and application online.

The application deadline for projects in Fiscal Year 2019 was 4pm, Friday, November 2, 2018.

Below are the Guidelines; a PDF copy of the Application; and the necessary attachments in each grant category.

The application period for the Decentralization Grant Program funding for 2019 has ended. Applications will no longer be accepted. Information about funding for the Decentralization Grant Program in 2020 will be available here in the summer of 2019.

Additional questions about the Decentralization Grant Program may be directed to the Grants & Community Coordinator at the Roxbury Arts Group, 607.326.7908 or