The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce the dates of the free Grant Workshops for applicants to prepare for the New York State 2016 Decentralization (DEC) regrant application process. The Community Arts, Arts Education and Artist in Community grants are funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CCAC administers these grants in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties through a competitive application process. A peer panel reviews the applications from local artists, arts and cultural organizations, and decides which programs will receive regrants. The funded programs must be completed in the 2016 calendar year.

All new applicants are required to attend a grant workshop or meet individually with CCAC Programs and Grants Manager Courtney Mealy before applying. These free informational workshops offer assistance in understanding the grant process, the program guidelines, and provide grant writing tips. Workshop attendees must RSVP by email to or phone (716) 372-7455, noting their preferred workshop date and time. The deadline for completed 2016 grant applications is 4 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015. Detailed descriptions and guidelines for each of the grants is on the CCAC website,

Grant Workshops:

Aug.18 from 5-7 p.m. at Gowanda Historic Hollywood Theatre, 39 W Main St., Gowanda.

Aug. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Road, Ellicottville.

Aug. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Randolph Free Library, 26 Jamestown St., Randolph

Aug.26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Alfred Village Hall Theater, 7 W. University Street, Alfred,

Sept. 2 from 3-5 p.m. at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, 301 E. Second Street, Suite 101, Jamestown.

September 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Whitesville Library, 500 Main St., Whitesville.

Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Historic Gatehouse, North Shore Arts Alliance, 55 Lambert Ave, Fredonia.

Sept. 11 from 9-11 a.m. at CCAC, 100 W. Main Street, Allegany.

Sept. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cuba Circulating Library, 39 East Main Street, Cuba.