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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 has long prided itself in its commitment 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 the activities of local organizations
Making 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 $950,000 in tourism-generated funds to the community and is on track to surpass $1 million by 2024.

Over 750 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. 

Check back soon for a complete list of granted-supported activities and events. 

Congratulations to the 2023 CIP Grant Awardees:

Awardee Amount
440 State St. Inc. - 29th Annual Kids Art Festival $4,000
Freedom Park Foundation - Freedom Park Concert $3,500
City of Schenectady Music Haven - Shakespeare in the Park $2,000
Schenectady County Historical Society - Fall Foliage Festival $4,000
City of Schenectady Development Department - Jazz on Jay Concert Series $2,200
Schenectady Hindu Temple and Community Center - Schenectady Caribbean Day $3,000
Town of Glenville - Oktoberfest $1,500
Hamilton Hill "Drop-In" Arts and Crafts Center, Inc. - Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom $3,000
C.O.C.O.A. House - 50 Year Anniversary of Hip Hop: The Evolution of Hip Hop $1,500
Schenectady Greenmarket - Schenectady Greenmarket Music Stage $1,250
CREATE Community Studios - CREATE Together $1,000
Niskayuna Community Action Program - Niska-Day $1,500
Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation - Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular $2,000
Robert & Dorothy Ludwig JCC of Schenectady on the Golub Family Campus, Inc. - Summer Outdoor Art Fair and Exhibit $1,750
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra - "A Night on Broadway" featuring the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and special guests $1,750
Cycle Schenectady - Color the Canal: Flight Paths $2,500
New York Folklore Society - Artists in the Gallery Series and the Pan African Orchestra $2,000
Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady, Inc. - Steinmetz Park Family Fun Day $1,000
Town of Niskayuna - Town of Niskayuna Summer Concert Series $1,500
Albany Barn, Inc. - Fiber Arts Market $500
Upper Union Street BID - Upper Union Street Festivals $1,000
Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Inc. - Zoellner String Quartet Project with Lady Alexandra Foley $1,250
Mohawk Valley Society for Live Music - Porch Fest 2023 $2,000
Empire State Aerosciences Museum - National Aviation Weekend $2,000
A Place for Jazz, Ltd. - A Place for Jazz 2023 Fall Concert Series $1,000
Town of Rotterdam - Town of Rotterdam Summer Concert Series $1,500
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Inc. - Schenectady Nature Bus $1,000
Duanesburg Education Foundation - Duanesburg Missoula Summer Theater Program and Performances $800
Strong O.W.L.S., Inc. - Angela Williams $500
Scotia Business Improvement District - Fireworks Celebration $1,000
The Young Musicians Forum, Inc. - Young Musicians Forum Concert Series $1,250
United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York - Chanukah on Jay (COJ Street) $2,000
My Daughters and Me MDAM My Sons and Me MSAM, Inc. - Community of Unity Back to School Bash 2023 $250

Empire State Youth Orchestra - CHIME Performance

Tri-City BMX, Inc. - 2023 Tri-City BMX State Race Qualifier Weekend

Rotterdam PBA - National Night Out 2023