Decentralization Grants




Please be aware The Roxbury Arts Group has made changes to its grant deadlines. They are now as follows:

Drafts due Wednesday November 13, 2019 by 4pm.

Final applications due Thursday December 5, 2019 by 4pm.


Applications are now available online at Submittable. Applicants will need to create an account to complete an application.

For Community Arts Application Click Here.

For Arts Education Application Click Here.

For Individual Artist Application Click Here.


Supporting Documents

For supporting documents necessary to your application please find the appropriate link below and click on it. A second tab will open with the option to download your document will be available. If you have any questions please contact the Roxbury Arts Group at 607-326-7908 or email

Grant Guidelines

DEC 2019 Community Arts Guidelines

DEC 2019 Individual Artist Guidelines

DEC 2019 Arts Education Guidelines

Submittable Application Questions

Community Arts Submittable Application 2019

Individual Artists Submittable 2019 JR

Arts Education Submittable Application 2019

Budget Forms

Community Arts Budget

Individual Artist Budget

Arts Education Budget

Other Forms

Sample Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement

DEC Change of Scope 2019

Successful Grant Writing Tips 2019

LOA Individual Artist 2019


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. The deadline for applications to support projects in 2020 is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Applicants have the opportunity to have a draft reviewed prior to being submitted drafts can submitted to Samantha Nick by Email on October 31, 2019 by 4pm for review.

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. 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 grant opportunity represents a “live & work” investment in local artists. An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of the community artist’s project and a reflection of community life, culture, and/or engage local communities. 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.

As part of your application, it is a requirement that the applicant attend one of the upcoming Grant Information Sessions listed below. The deadline for applications to support projects in 2020 is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Applicants have the opportunity to have a draft reviewed prior to being submitted drafts can submitted to Samantha Nick by Email on October 31, 2019 by 4pm for review.

Grant Information Sessions have been scheduled at the following locations:

  • Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St, Sidney, NY, (607) 563-8021.
  • Thursday September 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Margaretville Telephone Company Conference Building, 61 Academy St, Margaretville, NY, (845) 586-3311.
  • Friday September 13, 2019  4:00 p.m.  at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve, 404 West Main Street, Hancock, NY, (607) 637-5262.
  • Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm Cannon Library, 40 Elm St, Delhi, NY, (607) 746-2662
  • Friday September 20, 2019 5:30pm Bushel Artist Collective, 106 Main Street, Delhi, NY, (607-326-7908) Special Individual Artist Session.
  • Saturday September 21, 2019 12:00pm Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, (607) 829-5055
  • Thursday September 26, 2019 5:30pm Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY, (607) 326-7908
  • Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:00pm Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St, Stamford, NY, (607) 652-5001





Past 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.



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