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 have been expanded! They still support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. Now they also support After-School and Community-based Learning. 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.

To learn more about the Decentralization Grant Program, you may attend a Decentralization Grant Information Session, 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, Solveig Comer, 607.326.7908 or

Decentralization Grant Information Sessions are scheduled for:

  • 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 will be 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 Solveig Comer, Grant & Community Coordinator, at

If you are unable to attend a grant session in person, a video will be available in August. Please watch the appropriate video and then contact the Arts Group to discuss your program/application. It is suggested that you open the guidelines and application on your desktop to follow along.

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

Below are the Guidelines; a PDF copy of the Application; and the necessary attachments in each grant category. The online application must be completed by Friday, November 2, 2018, at 4pm in order to be eligible for funding in fiscal year 2019.

The application period for the Decentralization Grant Program funding for 2019 has ended. Applications will no longer be accepted.

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


2018 Decentralization Grant Awardees

Congratulations to our 2018 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 2018

Community Arts Grants:

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will perform two concerts, one at Roxbury Central School and one at Margaretville United Methodist Church (each performed twice) in June and December. For more information:

Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve will present the “Arts for All Festival,” a public, outdoor, multi-media arts festival, in Stamford, NY on June 9, 2018. For more information:

Studio 190 Visions and Dreams, a collaborative art program of the ARC of Delaware County, will present exhibits of visual art created by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and also create a book for display at their exhibits. For more information:

Writers in the Mountains will provide support for “Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2018,” an installation project of poetry and painting by local poets and visual artists, stenciled on to the sidewalks in Roxbury, to be revealed only when wet during the month of July. For more information:

William B. Ogden Free Library will present “Joyful Music,” a performance of Ukulele Catskill, followed by an interactive ukulele workshop on July 19, 2018. For more information:

Hancock Partners, Inc. will bring “2018 Summer Nights LIVE! on The Square,” a series of performing arts presentations spanning multiple genres and cultures throughout the summer, to the Hancock Town Square. For more information:

Hancock Community Education Foundation will coordinate “Musical Workshops for Children in Hancock” in partnership with the Hancock Partners “Summer Nights Live on the Square” performances at the Hancock Town Square during July. For more information:

Hobart Community Foundation supports the Hobart Festival of Women Writers, 2018 (FWW), a two and a half day literary event featuring women writers of all genres on September 7, 8, & 9, 2018 in Hobart, NY. For more information:

Friends of Music of Stamford will offer a performance by the harpist Bridget Kibbey, accompanied by members of The Sebastians, a small orchestral ensemble specializing in baroque music, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, in the Stamford United Methodist Church. For more information:

Tri-Town Theatre, Inc. will perform a full staged production of “All Shook Up” by Joe Di Pietro based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Sidney, NY, in October 2018. For more information:

Arts in Education Grants:

Hancock Community Education Foundation will bring a 5-Day Theatrical Workshop for students in the K-9th Grade After School Program at Hancock Central School for more information:

Individual Artist Grants:

The Catskill Kiwi/Toni Brogan will present “Stitched, Twisted & Tied,” a one day, public fiber installation, with the community will be invited to come and participate in various forms of fiber arts (macrame, knitting, knotting, weaving and crochet) and  contribute to a larger community piece which will be on display for a period TBD. “Stitched, Twisted, & Tied” will take place in Roxbury, NY on July 7, 2018. For more information:

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower will offer a community student-plant collaboration art project and exhibit, “Multi-Sensory Tree Art, Tree Sounds, Tree Formations,” to be presented at public demonstrations on Saturday, August 18 at Soup’s On at the Hobart Methodist Church; Saturday, September TBA at Bushel in Delhi, NY; and Saturday, October, TBA, at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve and Science Center in Hancock, NY. For more information: or


Final Report Forms for 2018 Decentralization Grant Awardees

If you completed a Decentralization Grant funded project in 2018, please complete the following forms and submit them to


2017 Decentralization Grant Awardees

If you haven’t already filled them out, forms for final reports for Fiscal Year 2017 projects are below:

2017 DEC Final Report Form

2017 Final Budget Comm Grant

Change of Scope DEC FY 2017