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New Guidelines for “Arts for Sullivan” Grants 2021

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY- Each year, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the Arts Council for Sullivan County, administers grants to Sullivan County cultural groups and individual artists. For 2021, as in years past, funds are regranted from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for Community Arts projects. DVAA is also honored to announce that in 2021 four fellowships for Individual Artists in the disciplines of Visual and Literary arts will be offered.

NEW FOR 2021:

In response to the current challenging public health situation, DVAA revisited the official guidelines for “Arts for Sullivan” grants making the process more accessible for artists and cultural organizations in 2021. The match requirement has been eliminated for this year. Also, a portion of each application may now be used toward equipment that enables online programming or, for example, toward virtual programming software.


The Arts for Sullivan Community Arts grants assist nonprofit arts, cultural, and heritage groups who wish to create or present year-round programming in Sullivan County. Projects can be offered online or live (following state pandemic guidelines for gatherings.) Projects can include theatre, music, dance, literary arts, folklore, installation, and visual arts, among other art-forms. Independent artists who wish to produce community art projects can work with a non-profit organization in Sullivan County acting as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants may apply for up to three grants that range from $500 to a maximum total ask of $3,500.


Fellowships will be given to four artists who live and work in Sullivan County, to support the creation of new work. Each artist will receive $1,000. Applications will be accepted in the disciplines of Visual Arts and Literary Arts.


Covid has changed the landscape for artists and presenters significantly. Therefore, a series of free information workshops will be hosted online by DVAA to assist with effective grant writing, creating a budget, generating ideas, finding the silver lining of online presentation, and networking with other artists and organizations. Workshop registration is required and all applicants—even if you have been a successful grantee previously— must attend one workshop. Online workshop times and locations are listed below. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted on Submittable.com, our online submission platform. The grant application window is October 1 - November 13, 2020.

DVAA encourages you to get a jump start and read through the new guidelines before the application window opens. Downloadable 2021 Arts for Sullivan guidelines, grant information, and workshop registration are available at www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org (see “Grants”). Artists and groups may also schedule a phone or online meeting to discuss their grant. For more information, contact the Grants Coordinator, Laura Moran, at 845-252-7576 x 1004 Office Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am-5pm. And, check out our grant program Instagram account @ArtsforSullivan.

Online Workshops for 2021 Arts for Sullivan applications via Zoom:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7-8pm

(Guest Artist/Successful Grantee in Visual Arts TBD)

Registration link:


Saturday, October 24, 2020 4-5pm

Registration link:


DVAA’s Arts for Sullivan grant opportunities are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become their heritage of New York’s citizens. The Decentralization program, which funds Arts for Sullivan, was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state.

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