Applying to NYSCA for FY21? Start Here!

NYSCA’s FY21 grants cycle has begun, and we are excited to share opportunities and resources to help make your application a success!

We are pleased to invite you to apply for support through our 15 Programs, and to become a central part of our grants review process by nominating (or self-nominating) review panelists.

Read on for Key Dates, Application Resources and How to Become a Panelist.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and learning more about your creative work on behalf of New York State!

Key Dates

January 14, 2020: Guidelines and Application Instructions are live

January 28, 2020: NYSCA’s Application Opens. All FY2021 applicants apply through the NYSCA-CFA and no longer need to register on the NYSCA website.

March 12, 2020, 4PM: Application Deadline. Your application must be complete and you must be Prequalified with New York State at this time to be eligible for funding.

Application Information and Resources

NYSCA Programs: Read about our 15 Programs and review Program Guidelines.

NYSCA Application Info and Manual: Follow our 4-step multimedia walkthrough to learn how to Prequalify and apply to NYSCA. Prefer a PDF? Download our Application Manual.

Webinars: New for FY2021! NYSCA staff have recorded webinars specific to each Program and the Prequalification process.

Opportunity Sessions: Join us for FY21 Opportunity Sessions in the Bronx, Troy, Rochester and Brooklyn! 

Individual Artists and Fiscal Sponsorship: Learn how to apply as an individual artist or through a fiscal sponsor.

Renew Multi-Year Grant: If your organization has received a multi-year grant through FY2021, learn what you need to do to ensure that you receive your funding.

Become a Panelist

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is looking for advisors to read and evaluate grant applications.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • Are committed to arts diversity in the state
  • Have worked closely with and within diverse communities
  • Have first-hand experience and are committed to at least one arts discipline

The deadline to apply is February 14, 2020.

Panelists read and review materials in advance then meet at the NYSCA office in New York City to rate applications according to three main criteria. Ratings along with panel comments are presented to the Council to inform funding decisions.

Panelists receive a $200 honorarium for each day of the meeting in addition to in-state travel, accommodations, and per diem.

For more information or to apply online, go to