Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants

Auburn Public Theater was selected in 2013 by the New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA) to be the administrative site for its five-county decentralization grant program.

Through Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants we regrant over $89,000 for the arts in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties.

The Decentralization Program was developed to ensure New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. The purpose of FLCAG is to fund nonprofit community arts organizations, arts education and individual artists who are not currently funded directly by NYSCA. Decentralization support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and work.

For more information on how to apply or if you are interested in becoming a panelist for grantee selections, please visit the Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG) Site or contact Ginny Kent at

If you are interested in other grant opportunities, please feel free to visit the following sites:

The Senator John A. DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County Program

As a major supporter of the arts in our region, Senator DeFrancisco has been successful in his effort to include money in this year’s state budget for live events in Cayuga County. We are grateful that he has chosen Auburn Public Theater to administer the funds to qualified organizations. The funds come to Auburn Public Theater as a grant through the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD).

  • Your organization can receive up to $10,000 for a live event in Cayuga County.
  • Funds must be spent on direct production expenses that include artist fees, stages, lighting, sound reinforcement, security and signage.
  • Funds cannot be used for indirect expenses such as agent fees or administrative expenses.

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Carey Eidel at or 315-253-6669.

Student Scholarships

As the educational arm of Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Public Studios offers full and partial scholarships for students that demonstrate financial need. In 2015-2016, 40% of our students were on scholarship!

Check out our scholarship form and requirements by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to see what classes are currently being offered at Auburn Public Studio.