Rockland County DEC Program

The 2018 Rockland DEC grant cycle is now closed.

For information on the 2019 grant cycle please visit the Arts Alive Grant page.

Click here to access the application. 


Rockland grant opportunities support artists and arts activity for Rockland’s geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse population. This funding helps to ensure that residents throughout the county have access to the arts in their communities, particularly in areas where access is limited.

Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC) – a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature – and administered by ArtsWestchester. 

There are three distinct funding opportunities, click here for guidelines:

Haverstraw RiverArts

COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS constitute the largest component of the DEC funding. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by arts organizations, groups, collectives, individual artists, and a limited number of other nonprofits that offer open-to-the public arts activities as part of their on-going operations. First time applicants are most competitive. Artists and Unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent or community partner organization.

Project Grant Award: $1,000 — $5,000


De la Paz Dance

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTS provide commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work presented in a community setting.  This funding supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under an artist direction. However, an essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process.

Artist Grant Award: $2,500

Pedro Capo at Casa Del Sol

ARTS EDUCATION GRANTS provide support for partnerships between individual artists, or arts organizations, and Rockland public schools (grades K-12), after school and lifelong learning programs. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. ArtsWestchester encourages projects that integrate the arts into the curriculum, but curriculum integration is not required. The primary goal is to provide students of all ages with rich artistic learning experiences.

Arts Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $5,000

Please email [email protected] to RSVP if you plan to attend a workshop.

August 31 @ 3:00pm
Rockland Community College
37 W Broad St. – 2nd floor
Haverstraw, NY 10927
September 14 @ 6:00pm
Haverstraw King’s Daughters
Public Library
10 W. Ramapo Road
Garnersville, NY 10923
September 18 @ 6:00pm
Nyack Public Library
59 South Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960
October 2 @ 6:00pm
Suffern Free Library
210 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY 10901
October 3 @ 6:00pm
Spring Valley Public Library
24 Chestnut Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977