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Mission Statement

CAP was founded in 1990 to act as an advocate for the arts, serve the public by providing services and resources for county artists and arts organizations, and encourage collaboration among arts, education, business, civic and government organizations.Learn more

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Grants for Arts Programs (GAP Grants)

Grants for Arts Programs (GAP) are for artistic events open to the general public. 

Funds are awarded to not for profits throughout the County to libraries, arts organizations, towns, villages, community centers and the like for professional arts and cultural projects. (Individual artists can apply to "GAP" by finding a not-for-profit organization to sponsor their event.)

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. The GAP grant is part of NYSCA's Decentralization program, along with our Artist in Community Grant and our Arts Education grant. The Decentralization program is administered in Tompkins County by the Community Arts Partnership. 


Funded projects must be arts and cultural in nature, open to and promoted to the general public of Tompkins County.

The next round of funding will be for 2016. Applications are due on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
(The original deadline was the 5th, but it has been extended to the 13th)

Application and Guidelines

Application as Word doc

Application as pdf

Handout - Writing An Effective GAP Grant Application here as pdf

Final Report for GAP Grant awardees 

If you have completed your project, reports are due on November 1st. If you have not completed your project by November 1st, turn in an Interim Report by November 1st and a Final Report by December 20th.

Download the GAP Grant Final Report instructions:  here as word