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More and more organizations are feeling the hurt following New York State’s late budget. Now the arts are feeling the pinch.
The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council today announced they received an over 37-thousand dollar “Decentralization Grant” from the state. That’s an annual grant that funds various projects.
But it’s less than last year, says Coordinator Heather Grant.

"It is cut this year by about ten percent," she tells WBTA. "That's just a reflection, statewide, of the budget."

The grant amounts have been going down for several years now. Grant says that hurts local organizations funded by Go-Art, like Batavia Concert Band and The Tale for Three Counties program.

"Unfortunately, we probably won't be able to fund as many of the applications that come in," she says. "It really depends on how many applications we get."

But it could be worse.

"I was actually happy to see that we did get the amount we received," Grant says. "Some places did get more of a cut...more like fifteen percent."

GO-ART will now accept applications for that grant money. It will be administered throughout the year.

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