Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant Guidelines - Application available January 1, 2024.

Application deadline is March 15th via email to  Please note we no longer accept mailed applications and only accept PDF format.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Technical assistance is available.  Please contact us for more info.  THE 2024 FUNDING CYCLE WILL OPEN ON JANUARY 1, 2024. 

CAP grant awards are made possible through the support of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.  Please send an email of appreciation to your town supervisor, thanking them for the opportunity to participate in the CAP program and to ensure future funding for this important cultural arts grant program in your community. Town Supervisors list is here.


  • 2023 CAP funded organizations MUST have a final report on file, submitted by February 1st, 2024, to be eligible to apply for 2024 funding.
  • Any arts, historical or preservation organization;  library, museum or organization providing public cultural programs for Essex County residents. Organizations located outside of Essex County must provide documentation of how they serve Essex County residents. 
  • Projects must be open to the public.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2024. 
  • The organization must demonstrate managerial and fiscal competence.
  • Organizations no longer need to be a member of ECAC to apply for a CAP grant, but we still appreciate your organizational membership and support!

CAP Grants will support but are not limited to the following:

  • Programming expenses
  • Artist fees and honorariums
  • One-time use materials for programs and workshops
  • Partial fees for program administration
  • Advertising
  • Rental space for the event
  • Rental of equipment
  • Lighting & Sound
  • Costumes
  • Professional fees and services

CAP Grants will not support the following:

  • Equipment purchases (computer, theatrical or gallery lighting, sound system, exhibit systems)
  • Capital improvements, building repairs, permanently installed signage
  • Fundraising expenses/receptions

An FAQ page has been added to the 2024 CAP Grant Application.  If you have additional questions, please contact ECAC at 518.227.1242;

Grant Support Offered (one application per organization, please)

  • Program Support—maximum award $1,000