Part of CREATE’s growing legacy has been administering the Community Arts Grants since 1986. Funding is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) through the Decentralization Program and with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Legislature. Community Art Grants are intended to foster the continued development of local cultural resources and increase access to the Arts. We aim to assist individual artists, artist collectives and organizations in growing professionally and encourage enhancing the local cultural climates particularly in areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged or ethnically diverse.

The Council also annually administers the Greene County Initiative (CIP) Program. The purpose of the County Initiative Program (CIP) is to provide general operating or programmatic support from the Greene County Legislature to major Greene County arts and cultural institutions that offer quality professional services and programs of benefit to the residents of Greene County. CREATE Council on the Arts has administered this fund since its establishment in 1983. CIP funding is intended to promote the development, growth and viability of major Greene County organizations. With invaluable support from the Greene County Legislature, these goals continue to be met, producing a positive impact on the state of the arts and quality of life in Greene County.

For more information on the NYSCA Statewide Community Regrants for Greene, Columbia & Schoharie County projects,

For more information on the Greene County Initiative (CIP) Program contact

Click here for 2021 Decentralization Community Art Grant Program 


Did you know our Community Art Grants are made available to us through NYSCA with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul? Be sure to send your thanks! This funding is a life line to many of our local events, fueling our regional talent and creative community outlets.

Help us show how grateful we are by sending your thank you’s to:

The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

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