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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


36 CIP Funded Projects in 2023


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