GO Art! accepting applications for arts funding in 2024

Posted 15 September 2023 at 4:29 pm

Grants available for up to $5,000 for concerts, cultural programs

Photo by Tom Rivers: Mike Thaine, director of the Albion High School Jazz Band, speaks during the group’s concert by the Erie Canal on June 8. It was the beginning of a concert series in Albion that received state arts funding administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

Press Release, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council

BATAVIA – The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is now accepting applications for 2024 Statewide Community Regrant Program.

Artists, nonprofits, and municipalities seeking funding for arts related projects, programming, and events in Genesee and Orleans counties are encouraged to apply to the program through GO Art!

Applications are due by Nov. 1. Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 in the categories of Community Arts and Arts Education, and $2,500 for Individual Artist Commissions.


  • Genesee and Orleans County nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not New York State agencies), individual artists, groups or collectives, and unincorporated entities are eligible to apply.
  • Individual artists, groups or collectives, and unincorporated entities applying for the Reach (Community) and Spark (Education) grants must have a Fiscal Sponsor or Community Partner
  • Applicant, Community Partner, or Fiscal Sponsor must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of submission and may not be enrolled in a full-time degree program

Applicants are required to attend an informational seminar prior to applying. 2023 grantees are exempt from the seminar requirement but are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Seminars: Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. (virtual, Zoom) and Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. (in person, GO Art! 201 E Main St, Batavia).

Peer Review Panel: Grantees are chosen by a peer review panel comprised of community members who live and/or work in Genesee or Orleans counties and are familiar with the arts, local cultural activities, and the community.

About SCR Program: Through a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), GO Art! administers the program as part of a mandate in 1977, by NYS Legislature, that there be a greater local involvement in funding decisions, affecting local non-profit organizations, offering artistic or cultural services and programs, and to ensure New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the State.

SCR has since become one of NYSCA’s most effective means of making arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population. NYSCA embraces the widest spectrum of cultural expression and artistic pluralism and encourages funded organizations to demonstrate a holistic and comprehensive commitment to DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access).

Since the start GO ART!’s partnership with NYSCA over 40 years ago, the organization has awarded more than $1.5 million to local artists and nonprofits. In 2023, through the SCR program, 50 applicants were awarded a total of $210,000 which funded over 70 projects, programs, and events in Genesee and Orleans counties.

For more information, to view guidelines, apply, sign up for a workshop, or nominate a panelist visit: www.goart.org/grants. For questions contact Mary Jo Whitman at mjwhitman@goart.org or Jodi Fisher at jfisher@goart.org.