County Initiative Program (CIP) Arts, History & Tourism Grants

The Schenectady County Legislature has dedicated arts and tourism funds to be distributed to local organizations in support of activities in the performing, literary and visual arts and/or historic preservation or that promote County tourism. The projects supported by the CIP grant funding provide significant benefit to Schenectady County residents and visitors, and enhances Schenectady County’s visibility and quality of life.

2019-2020 CIP Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature, is pleased to announce the continuation of the County Initiative Arts Grant Program (CIP) for 2019-2020.  Dedicated hotel/motel occupancy funds will be distributed to local organizations in support of activities in historic preservation, the performing, visual, and literary arts, or programs promoting County tourism.

Organizations serving the Schenectady County community may apply.  Potential applicants should be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Proposed projects must take place between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, allowing the County to offer year-round support to worthy organizations.
  • The application deadline is January 31, 2019.
  • Additional consideration will be given to those organizations who demonstrate collaboration with other Schenectady County nonprofit organizations to complete the project.
  • Additional consideration will be given to projects that are proposed as part of an existing or proposed Schenectady County Special Event.

CLICK HERE to download 2019 Application
CLICK HERE to dowload Application Guidelines/Directions

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Grant Awardees:

Kids Art Festival  $3,500
A Place for Jazz Annual Concert Series  $1,500
Steinmetz Park Family Fun Day $1,400
C.R.E.A.T.E. Art in the Park  $1,830
2018 Holiday Parade  $2,000
Jazz on Jay  $2,220
DSIC Downtown City Hall-iday $3,000
Duanesburg Education Foundation Summer Theater Program $1,500
Dudley Observatory Roll-Top Observatory $2,000
ESYO CHIME Program $2,200
Freedom Park Summer Concert Series $3,000
Woodlawn Park Family Movie Night $   500
Woodlawn Preserve Fourth Annual Fishing Day $   500
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom $3,500
miSci Science Festival of the Capital Region $3,500
Musicians of Ma’alwyck Free Previews & Subscription Concerts $1,000
NY Folklore Society Folk Art Exhibitions $1,500
Octavo Singers Spring Concert with Capital District Youth Chorale  $1,000
Schenectady Pride $1,500
SCCC Foundation Student Art Show $1,000
Mabee Farm Canal Fest & Fall Foliage Festival   $4,000
Schenectady Greenmarket Music Series  $2,000
Schenectady JCC 2018-19 Jewish Film Festival $1,000
Schenectady Musical Union “A Season of Music 2018” $1,500
Schenectady Symphony 4th of July Celebration Concert at Mabee Farm $4,000
Little Italy Street Festival  $1,000
Stockade Association Audio and Multimedia Tour  $1,000
Thursday Musical Club "Songs for Suffrage, Voices for Votes" Concert   $   500
Glenville Oktoberfest    $1,750
Town of Niskayuna Thursday Night Concerts $1,750
Town of Rotterdam Summer Concert Program $1,750
Upper Union Street Strawberry & Harvest Festivals $1,000
Vale Cemetery Public Tours $   600




Joe McQueen
Director of Public Communications

620 State Street, 6th Floor
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 388-4772

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