Calls to Artists

& Grant Opportunities


Opportunities for Artists
Grant Seminars
Financial Support for Artists & Nonprofits
Arts in Education Funding
And more!

LARAC Supports Artists!

Calls to Artists

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council is accepting proposals from visual artists or groups for the 2021 exhibition schedule at LARAC’s Lapham Gallery. LARAC will update this page with Calls for Artists for specific shows.

Annual Juried Art Show

LARAC will be taking submissions for the Annual Juried Art Show. All forms of multimedia, painting, photography, video, sculpture, etc. that follow the theme “This is America” are welcome. There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit.

MEMBERS: $10 for your first (3) pieces submitted, $5 for any additional piece submitted.
NON-MEMBERS: $15 for your first (3) pieces submitted, $5 for any additional piece submitted.

Contact us for more information!

Show Dates: Oct. 2 – Nov. 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2020 from 5-7pm

Community Arts Grants

Please Note: 2021 Community Arts, Individual Artist & Arts Education Grant opportunities will be postponed until late 2020. 2021 Application and Guidelines will be available September 2020 right here on our website. Please contact our Grant Coordinator about questions and information regarding 2021 grant opportunities.

View the 2020 Grant Recipients

LARAC Community Grants 

The deadline is Friday, November 20, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

Prior to applying for an overview and explanation of the grant process to be eligible to apply for a 2021 Grant. It is recommended that interested parties download and read over the application before meeting with the Community Outreach Coordinator.

LARAC is looking for individuals with backgrounds in the arts and knowledge of their community to serve on our funding grant panels. If interested, or you would like to recommend an individual, please fill out the Panelist Nomination Form.


All information seminars will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Please click here to RSVP and receive the invitation link.

• Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 • 4pm – 5pm
• Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 • 4pm – 5pm
• Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 • 12pm – 1pm
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 • 5pm – 6pm

Community Arts Organizations Grant

Programs must take place in 2021, be arts and cultural in nature, and open to the public. Each organization may apply for 1-3 grant projects, with a minimum request of $300 per proposal and a maximum total request of $5000 for all 1-3 projects. Programs in the past have included dance performances, theater productions, concerts, historical programs, art/craft classes and workshops, readings, and film series. Deadline NOV 20, 2020 at 4:00pm

Arts Organization Guidelines
Arts Organization Application
Arts Organizations Budget Form

Arts Education Grant

Arts Education Guidelines
Arts Education Budget Form

• K-12 Program

Programs must take place in the 2021 calendar year, be arts and cultural in nature, and meet for least three consecutive hands-on sessions. This grant is for grades K-12 and requires sessions to either take place during the school day, with both the artist and cooperated educator involved. Organizations as well as Individual Artists may apply, with a minimum request of $300 and a maximum request of $5000. Programs in the past have included dance performances, theater productions, concerts, and historical programs. Deadline NOV 20, 2020 at 4:00pm

Arts Education – K-12 Application

• Community Based Learning Program

Programs must take place in the 2020 calendar year. This program is designed to support arts education projects in community-based settings, for youth or senior learners. There is a minimum requirements on three (3) contact sessions with the same teaching artist(s) and core group of students. Activities can take place in a venue such as a library, community center, senior center. Non profit organizations can apply directly for funds. A letter of support from the teaching artist is required. Individual artists or unincorporated entities may apply directly to this program by partnering with an eligible nonprofit organization. The applicant artist must reside in the same county as the partnering organization. Deadline NOV 20, 2020 at 4:00pm

Arts Education – Community Based Learning Application

Individual Artist Grant

For $2500, applicants must be 18 years old or over with their primary residence in Washington or Warren County. The applicant must propose the creation of new works of art that will be completed within 2021. The work must be artist initiated and involve the community, reflect local culture. Artists who received an Individual Artist Grant for 2019 or 2020 are ineligible. Deadline NOV 20, 2020 at 4:00pm

Individual Artists Guidelines
Individual Artists Application

Tips for Grant Writing

Click here to download the Tips for Grant Writing in a pdf!

Tips for Writing a Competitive Grant Application

Application Guidelines
Guidelines are your key to understanding all of the rules and regulations of the grant – whether you’re eligible, what the money can be spent on, how do you apply, etc. Before beginning your application- carefully study the guidelines.

Application Criteria
Each project is reviewed on the basis of its own merits and against others in the application pool. Limited funds are available and priority will be given to applications that meet the criteria listed in the application guidelines. Review panelists use the criteria to decide whether or not to fund an applicant.

Write directly and use understandable language
An application is a request for monetary support of a project. Be personable but don’t lose sight of providing information on your grant application. Avoid playing on emotions and focus on the strength of your project- it’s best to be clear and get to the point, using simple and understandable language. Be positive and confident.

  • “We will..” “We plan to..”
  • Demonstrate your ability and capacity to do this program or project.
  • Demonstrate your PASSION. This is why you do what you do! You don’t want to bore the panel, paint them a picture.

Professional Support Materials
Make sure your support materials, whether artistic samples or marketing materials, look as professional as possible.

  • This doesn’t mean you need to a hire a professional to take photos- just take time and care in presenting all materials.

Presentation & Consistency Counts
Use consistent language throughout your application to lessen the chance that a review panelist will not understand your application. A polished application could be the deciding factor when there are much more funding requests than funds available. Review panelists can tell when an application is completed at the last minute. Have someone else check your spelling, math, punctuation and overall presentation.

Accurate Expenses & Fees
It‘s very difficult to fund a project where fees are not identified- whether for supplies, a venue, or artists. If you don’t know exact fees, explain how you came up with your budget. A review panel needs to be assured that grant funding will be spent correctly.

Artistic Versus Entertainment Value
Review panelists look for the artistic and cultural value of a project. Artists and their activities should be fully integrated into all programming and applications must demonstrate how an artistic activity is vital to the program and not simply entertainment.

Shop Locally
Applicants are encouraged to use regional artists and partner organizations when implementing their projects. If you are bringing in an artist outside the region, demonstrate the value in this.

Similar or Prior Funding
Support of an organization in the past does not imply or guarantee that an applicant’s project will be funded. Applications are reviewed each year in the context of the evaluation criteria and available funding and evaluated competitively against other requests.

Review Panel Prior Knowledge
Write a thorough, clear and concise narrative. Assume that not a single panelist is familiar with you, your organization, your program or your art form. Write as though you are explaining this to a stranger.

Application Help
Application and project help is available prior to the deadline. Contact LARAC with any questions or concerns!

2019 Community Arts Grant – Interim Report
2019 Community Arts Grant – Final Report

Artist Resources

Resources for NYS Arts and Cultural Organizations

Resources through NYSCA
Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Support Facebook Group
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits by NYCON

NYSCA is a state funding agency that provides support for activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York State.

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is the Soapbox and Tool Box for New York State´s Nonprofits. NYCON works to build the capacity of our over 3,200 nonprofit members to enhance the quality of life in communities throughout New York State.

The mission of NYFA is to empower artists across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives. We do this through three main program areas: cash grants and fiscal sponsorship, online resources, and professional development training.

The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artist and arts organizations.