Who is eligible
NYSCA does not fund...
does the Council review grant applications?
The Council uses a multi-step process involving program staff, peer review panels, a committee of Council members, and the full Council, as described in more detail below.
The Council’s program and
administrative staff verify applicant eligibility and review application
materials according to the Council's primary criteria and program- and category-specific
guidelines. Staff may meet with representatives of the organization, visit
facilities, and attend programs to become familiar with the organization and
its work. Staff review may be supplemented by reports from field
representatives who have expertise in a particular art form.
In each program category, the peer
convenes with program staff present. The panel is composed of at least
seven people and represents a diverse group of professionals from across the
state. Each member has relevant and specific expertise. NYSCA accepts
nominations for panelists from the general public. To nominate an individual
for panel service consideration, visit the panelist nomination page. The panel discusses, evaluates
and rates each request according to the Council's criteria.
Minor Weakness: An easily addressable weakness that does not substantially lessen impact.
Moderate Weakness: A weakness that lessens impact.
Major Weakness: A weakness that severely limits impact.
Any application that scores below a three (3) in any one of the criteria areas will be ineligible for funding regardless of how well they scored in the other criteria areas.
Council Committees and the Council
There are two committees composed of Council Members: (1) Multi-Arts and (2) Performing, Literary Arts and Visual Arts. Funding recommendations and panel ratings are presented to the designated Committee for review and discussion.
After review and discussion, the Committees make funding recommendations to the full Council. All Council Committee meetings and Council meetings are open to the public and are webcast. The Council’s meeting agenda is posted at https://www.nysca.org/ in advance of all meetings and is available for review by the public.The full Council reviews the Council Committees’ funding recommendations and votes on the grant award recommendations. Upon Council approval of a grant and subsequent grantee notification, Cultural Service Contracts are issued to the organizations awarded funding.
An applicant may appeal
the Council's funding decision. The appeals procedure is set forth in Part 6401
of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.
To review the Appeals Rules click here. Appeals are decided by an Appeals Panel with a minimum of
seven members. No members of the Appeals Panel will have participated on the
panels which reviewed the applications being appealed. The
recommendations of the Appeals Panel are presented to the full Council to be
reviewed and decided upon. The Council’s decision on an appeal is final and not
In summary: the process requires that
the applicant obtain a verbal statement of the basis
for the Council’s decision. Requests for statements should be made to the
program referred to in the letter notifying the applicant of the Council’s
decision. If, after reviewing the statement, the organization wishes to pursue
an appeal, the appeal must be made in writing to the Council’s
Dissatisfaction with the denial of a grant or with the amount of the grant is not a valid ground for appeal. One or more of the following are valid grounds for appeal:
If the appeal request is successful, the funding decision will be reconsidered by the appropriate program and panel and then by the Council committee and the Council. In the case that the appeal is upheld based on panel bias, the decision will be reconsidered directly by the appropriate Council committee and then by the Council.All appeals panel meetings are open to the public and are webcast. The Appeals Panel meeting agenda and discussion materials are posted on https://www.nysca.org/ in advance of the meeting and are available for review by the public.
The Freedom of Information Law, N.Y. Public Officers Law §§ 84–90, grants the right of access to many public documents, including those of the Council on the Arts.
In order to ensure fairness in the application review process, applicants are strictly prohibited from contacting Panelists associated with and/or involved in the activities or affairs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in any way to obtain or share information regarding the NYSCA application review process. This includes all activity associated with NYSCA at its main office, including panel discussions, and all communication with NYSCA staff including, but not limited to exchanges via email, telephone, or online system.
All data, materials, knowledge and information generated through, originating from, or having to do with NYSCA or persons associated with our activities, including contractors, is to be considered privileged and confidential and is not to be disclosed to any third party. This also includes, but is not limited to, any information of, or relating to, panel discussion, applications, and funding recommendations.
All inquiries about panel results and proceedings must be communicated to the NYSCA staff directly.
For information about the Appeals process, click here.
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