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County Initiative Program (CIP Grant)

Schenectady County is a thriving creative hub and the arts and culture capital of the region. The County Initiative Program Grant invests in the activities of local organizations that celebrate and preserve Schenectady County's storied past or use the performing arts, literary arts, and visual arts to make Schenectady County a vibrant place to live and a unique tourism destination.  

From bustling downtowns and small-town mainstreets to historic neighborhoods and beautiful rural vistas, "CIP" projects are found all across Schenectady County and bring together residents and visitors to enjoy the best of our County.

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Applications due Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Schenectady County Legislature actively supports arts, culture, historic preservation, and tourism. 

Invested 10% of all hotel/motel bed tax revenue in CIP

Over $950,000 Awarded Since 2002


34 CIP Funded Projects in 2022


Congratulations to the 2022 CIP Grant Awardees:

Awardee Amount
Kids Art Fest $4,000
Freedom Park Foundation - Summer Concert Series $3,850
Music Haven - Summer Concert Series $3,000
Schenectady County Historical Society - Independence Day Celebration and FallFest $4,000
City of Schenectady - Jazz on Jay Concert Series $2,100
Schenectady Hindu Temple and Community Services - Schenectady Caribbean Day $2,000
Town of Glenville - Oktoberfest $1,500
Hamilton Hill Drop-in Arts and Crafts Center - Miki Conn $2,500
Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County - Supporting Local Art: A partnership between Schenectady Habitat and Local Artists $3,500
Schenectady Greenmarket - Music Stage Series $1,500
CREATE Community Studios - CREATE Together $3,000
Niskayuna Community Action Program - Niska-Day $1,450
Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation - Fall Spooktacular $2,000
Jewish Community Center of Schenectady - Summer Outdoor Art Fair and Exhibit $1,750
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra - Free Summer Pops Concert at Music Haven in Central Park $2,000
Cycle Schenectady - Color the Canal/Art in Motion $2,500
New York Folklore Society - Artists' in the Gallery Series with hands-on workshops, demonstrations and foodways presentations $1,000
Schenectady Boys & Girls Club - Steinmetz Family Fun Day $1,000
Town of Niskayuna - Summer Concert Series $1,500
Albany Barn - Electric City Barn Spring Market $2,200
Upper Union Street BID - Holiday Tree Lighting $950
Musicians of Ma'alwyck - 2 Schenectady programs $1,000
Schenectady County Conservation Council - 9th Annual Kids Ice Fishing Derby $700
Empire State Aerosciences Museum - National Aviation Week $2,500
A Place for Jazz - 2022 Concert Series $1,000
Town of Rotterdam - Summer Concert Series $1,500
Vale Cemetery Preservation - public tours (each month April - November), bird walks, nature walk, ceremonies for Memorial Day and Juneteenth $1,000
Duanesburg Education Foundation - Duanesburg Summer Theater Program-Missoula Theater $500
Strong O.W.L.S. - A Mile in My Shoes: Stories from women in Schenectady told by art designs on a shoe or boot $500
Scotia BID - Independence Day Fireworks Celebration $1,500
Octavo Singers of Schenectady New York - Definitive Dvorak $500
Creative Placemaking Communities - Community Weave $500
My Daughters and Me MDAM My Sons and Me MSAM  Community of Unity Back to School Creative Arts Bash $1,000
Capital District YMCA Glenville Branch - Spring Fling $500

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