Individual Artist Fellowship

For 2021, four Individual Artist Fellowships (two in the Visual Arts and two in the Literary Arts) in the amount of $1,000 each, will be granted.

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, for example, toward virtual programming software.

For more information, contact DVAA’s Grants Coordinator.


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2021 Individual Artists Fellowship Guidelines


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About Individual Artist Fellowships

In accordance with its mandate from the State Legislature to encourage participation in the grants decision-making process at the county and regional level, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) inaugurated the Decentralization (DEC) Program in 1977 for the redistribution of public funds. This program enables selected local arts councils, county governments, or regional advisory boards to regrant state funds for arts events and cultural development within their communities.

Since 1984, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has worked with NYSCA as the DEC Grants Program site in Sullivan County, for the purpose of administering Arts for Sullivan funding for artists, art organizations, cultural and heritage groups. The Arts for Sullivan DEC Grants Program is largely credited for establishing Sullivan County’s cultural life as we know it today––relevant, vibrant and healthy.

This program is an extension of the “Arts for Sullivan” Decentralization Program administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance with funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

An essential element of this funding is a community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public. 

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