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2024 Fairgame Grant Guidelines

The Fairgame Arts Grants provide support to arts and culture organizations for arts projects in the three regions represented by Fair Game (Capital, Southern Tier, and Catskills).  The goals of the grant program are to: a) support organizations that produce or present arts programming; and b) expand opportunities for residents and visitors of these regions to experience the arts.

The grant fund is administered by the Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame.  Each of the Fairgame regions were selected by the governor and the state legislature allowed negotiations with Fairgame for casino applications.  Each casino negotiation was different, but 15% of each region’s Fairgame payment from that region’s casino or casinos was allocated for grants.  Grant pools for each region for 2024 are:  Capital:  $52,500  Catskills:  $80,000  and Southern Tier $37,800.




Eligible Applicants: 

Non-profit 501 (c) 3 organizations with a primary purpose to create or present arts or cultural programs (including libraries).  Organizations with budgets of $1.5 million or less may apply. Projects in all arts disciplines are eligible, including music, theater, dance, film/video, literary and visual arts. 


Ineligible applicants:  Individuals, colleges and universities, municipal departments, schools, non-arts organizations.


Geographic Restriction:  Organizations must be based in one of the counties of the Fairgame regions:  Capital:  Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington; Catskill:  Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster; Southern Tier:  Broome, Chemung, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Yates.  


Creative projects must take place in the same region in which the organization is based.


Ineligible Projects:  Capital projects and fundraising events. 


Grant Amounts:  $1000 to $5000


Funding Period:  Projects should take place between June 2024 and May 2025


Funding Priorities:  Projects that integrate the arts with community goals/needs


Review Criteria:

·  Feasibility of project and likelihood of success 

·  Artistic Quality of project

·  Quality and clarity of application narrative and budget

·  Audience benefits and relevance of the project to the intended participants 


Note: These grants are for project support; they are not intended to support general operating. 

In order to apply for a Fairgame grant, applicants must create a Submittable account. 

Prior year awardees must have submitted their Final Report before applying in 2024. 

Grants wlll support projects that take place between June 1, 2024 and May 31, 2025. 

Please consider joining us on Feb. 29, 2024 at 2 p.m. for an Informational call. Staff members will be available to answer questions regarding the grant process. 

Topic: Upstate Theatre Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant Information Call

Time: Feb 29, 2024 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.