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Arts & Culture Development Grant

Arts & Culture Development Grant (formerly CIP Grant)
Supporting Arts, Culture, and Tourism in Schenectady County
Arts & Culture Development Grant (formerly CIP Grant)

The Schenectady County Legislature is committed to supporting our community's arts, culture, and tourism! Schenectady County is a thriving creative hub for arts and culture with activities and exhibits that preserve its history, celebrate community, and bring neighborhoods and families together through the arts and special events. These grants help make Schenectady County a vibrant place to live and a unique place to visit. 

How to Apply

Supporting  local organizations to make Schenectady County a Great Place to Live, Play, and Stay!


nighttime photo of stage at Music Haven with the text Performing Arts
women in tradition African clothing with the text Literary & Cultural Arts
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Firework photo with the text Events & Tourism

Impactful Investments in Arts, Culture, Historic Education, & Tourism

Funds generated by tourism are invested into arts & cultural organizations in our community

Since 2002, the Schenectady County Legislature has contributed over $1 million in tourism-generated funds to the community.

Over 800 funded arts, cultural, and tourism projects throughout Schenectady County since 2002

Upcoming Grant-Supported Events

The Schenectady County Legislature Arts & Culture Grant supports a wide array of fun and engaging activities and events. There is something for the whole family to enjoy. 

 -  Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at SUNY Schenectady 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305
ESYO CHIME musicians from across the Schenectady City School District come to
 -  2566 Balltown Rd, Schenectady, NY 12309
Celebrate the 518 and Niskayuna at Niska Day. 
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Congratulations to the 2024 Arts & Culture Awardees

Duanesburg Artists and Athletes Day $2,500
30th Anniversary of Kids Arts Festival $5,000
Jazz on Jay Concert Series $3,000
ElectriCity Music Festival $1,000
A Place For Jazz 2024 Jazz Concert Series $500
Watch & Learn at Electric City Barn $1,000
Steinmetz Park Family Fun Day $750
Festival Film Fridays at Music Haven $2,000
'Spontaneous Broadway' by MOPCO at Music Haven $2,000
Free Concert at Central Park Firecracker Sports Tournament $1,000
I AM FATHER - Community Fathers, Inc. $1,000
Lamp Lane and Proctors Community Mural Paint Day $4,000
CREA TE Together $4,000
Color the Canal: May the Trail Be With You $2,000
Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular $2,000
Jay Squareartscape $2,000
Duanesburg Education Foundation Summer Youth Theater Program $350
Duanesburg Historical Society Quaker Street Stepping Back in Time $500
Empire State Aerosciences Museum National Aviation Weekend $1,000
Empire State Youth Orchestra CHIME - Amplify Our Voice Project $2,500
Empire State Youth Orchestra - Young Peoples & Seniors Concerts $2,500
Freedom Park Summer Concert Series $7,500
Hamilton Hill Arts Center - Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom $5,000
Hamilton Hill Arts Center - Culturefest Concert Series $5,000
Chanukkah on Jay $3,000
Rotterdam Community Movie Nights $500
Duanesburg Summer Concert Series $2,500
Porchfest Schenectady 2024 $1,500
Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion and Seeing Ourselves at MiSci $2,000
Musicians of Ma'alwyck $500
New Russia Cultural Center - Theatrical Project "A Letter to God" $500
Ancient Art in New Contexts: North Indian and Guyanese Folk Arts $2,000
New York Folklore's 80th Birthday Celebration $2,000
New York Folklore's Pan African Youth Orchestra $2,000
Niska-Day $2,000
Community Schubertiade-Studentiade $1,000
Octavo Singes 2024 Concert Series $1,000
4th Annual Summer Arts Festival $1,000
Schenectady JCC Film Festival $1,000
SUNY Schenectady School of Music Chamber Music Series $2,000
Schenectady County FallFest at Mabee Farm $4,000
Howlin' at the Moon Concert Series $4,000
Schenectady Greenmarket Music Stage $5,000
Schenectady Caribbean Day $2,400
A Celebration of Dignity and Diversity - 80 years after the Liberation of Auschwitz $1,000
Schenectady Pride $2,000
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Music Haven $2,500
2nd Annual Mayfly Environmental Film Festival Series $500
The 59th Annual Stockade Walkabout $1,500
Young Musicians Forum 2024 Concert Series $500
Glenville Oktoberfest $3,000
Niskayuna Summer Concert Series and Movie Nights $2,500
Rotterdam Summer Concert Series $2,500
Tri-City BMX New York State Championship Series $500
US Water Ski Show Team - Tuesday Night Show Series $2,000
Village of Scotia Annual Fireworks Show $2,500
Village Special Events $1,000