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Office of the Dean of Special Programs

Skidmore Community Arts Grant Program

Through its Arts Planning Group, Skidmore College invites proposals from community arts organizations in Saratoga Springs and contiguous communities requesting funding for arts projects. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Saratoga Springs or one of its contiguous communities and whose primary activity is the production and/or presentation of the visual and/or performing arts (art, music, dance, theater, literary, media and film). 
  • Applicant must have a demonstrated three-year history of producing and/or presenting the visual and/or performing arts.
  • Proposals must include a project budget showing detailed expenses, any anticipated revenue and all sources of funding.
  • Purpose of funds

    • To support the creation and/or development of new or existing artistic projects which shall provide a public performance or exhibition within one year of the date of the grant.
  • Use of funds
    • Artistic fees

    • Materials used in production or performance
    • Stipends for Skidmore student internships
  • Projects must engage Skidmore students, faculty and/or staff in significant ways. Examples of engagement include:
    • Performance or directing roles
    • Internships
    • Writing/research contributions
    • Free tickets to performances or performances specifically targeted to Skidmore audiences
  • Grants must be matched 100% by other sources and cannot be the sole funding source of the project.
  • Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. Amounts exceeding $5,000 may be considered based on the scope of the project.
  • Applicants may not apply if they have received funding in the previous cycle.
  • If awarded funding, a final report will be due within 30 days after the completion of the project. Failure to submit a final report may affect future funding.

Timing and form of proposals

  • Proposals may be submitted at any time up to January 31, 2018, and decisions will be made by February 28, 2018.
  • Funds will be awarded by the close of Skidmore’s fiscal year, May 31, 2018.
  • Proposals should be submitted in Word Document format with exhibits and emailed to
  • Successful grant recipients must enter into a written grant agreement with Skidmore, which will confirm that eligibility requirements have been met, disclose any business or personal relationships with Skidmore and acknowledge that Skidmore has the right to withhold or recover any funds which Skidmore has determined to have been misused or in the event of noncompliance with the agreement. 

Characteristics of a successful proposal could include

  • Promotes global awareness and intercultural diversity
  • Supports high-quality artistic work reflecting professional standards
  • Involves collaboration among multiple arts organizations
  • Recipient demonstrates the highest level of integrity and is transparent in its decision-making and financial reporting