Is NYSCA REDC funding for you?

NYSCA’s REDC initiative can provide new opportunities for your organization to:

  • Provide new jobs in the arts
  • Engage with your community in new ways
  • Create programming drawing new audiences
  • Upgrade your facilities and expand access
  • Contribute to a more equitable arts field while expanding your staff

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative provides opportunities for arts organizations of all types and sizes as well as municipalities. 

The deadline to apply is July 27 at 4PM.

Useful links:
Consolidated Funding Application (Instructions and Portal to Apply)
REDC Resource Guide (Guidelines)
REDC Workshop Calendar

Here are examples of NYSCA REDC-funded projects that show how your organization can benefit: 

How Community-Based Organizations Grow Their Impact

Casita Maria, Bronx, NY – This arts and education center received $75,000 in NYSCA REDC support to create the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival, celebrating the unique artistic traditions that sprang from immigrant and native cultures and took root in the South Bronx. Cultivating engagement and access to the arts, festival performances and exhibitions will take place in public spaces and community-based organizations throughout Hunts Point.

Schoharie River Center, Esperance, NY – This educational and cultural center received $35,070 in NYSCA REDC support to promote creativity and connection in its rural Mohawk Valley community through "Building Connections with the Earth" - a year-round program showcasing the natural environment. The project includes a participatory art project with willow, a youth-driven digital storytelling program and a literary festival.

Learn how to apply for Arts & Culture Initiatives Funding 

Haiti Cultural Exchange, New York, NY – The Haiti Cultural Exchange received $32,000 in NYSCA REDC support to hire a Development & Communications Director to help maintain and grow a permanent presence for Haitian arts and culture in New York City.

Learn how to apply for Workforce Investment Funding

Mill Street Loft (Now The Art Effect), Poughkeepsie, NY – This media and arts education center received $52,100 in NYSCA REDC support to launch the Forge Media Training Program. The program will expand access and build a more equitable workforce by providing talented disadvantaged youth with advanced-level training, mentorship and work placements so they can enter the local workforce as fully capable media professionals.

Learn how to apply for Workforce Readiness Funding
Arts Presenters and Ensembles - Engaging New Audiences and Driving Economy

Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY - The Rochester Fringe Festival first received $100,000 in NYSCA REDC funding in its second year, 2013, to present 350 performances in Downtown Rochester with the goal of bringing the area new revenue streams, employment opportunities and audiences. The festival has since grown to more than 500 performances – many free – attracting 78,000 and becoming a national model of festival programming.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, NY - The Albany Symphony received $75,000 in NYSCA REDC support to create Water Music New York. In celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, the orchestra launched a 7-concert waterfront tour to canal communities, partnering with local arts groups and emerging composers. The tour drew 23,000, benefiting local businesses and creating new opportunities for both artists and audiences.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY – International tourist destination the Corning Museum of Glass expands its presence and builds new audiences statewide with GlassBarge – a statewide tour to waterfront communities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of glassmaking moving to Corning from Brooklyn. In 2018, NYSCA REDC funding provided $75,000 in support of GlassBarge and an additional $1,000,000 in partnership with Empire State Development to the Corning Museum to expand its renowned glassworking studio to become a world center for artists and students working with glass.

Learn how to apply for Arts & Culture Initiatives Funding
Regional Destinations – Building Accessibility and Reach

Springville Center for the Arts, Springville, NY – Housed in a historic church in Erie County, the community-oriented Springville Center for the Arts received $750,000 in NYSCA/ESD REDC support to develop its main theater space and construct an ADA-compliant entrance addition, making the site fully visitor-ready.

The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY - The Tompkins Center for History and Culture, a Southern Tier destination to explore community through history, heritage and culture, received $1,060,000 in NYSCA/ESD REDC support to create a visitor center, a hub for local and regional tourism opportunities.

Glimmerglass Festival - Cooperstown, NY - The Glimmerglass Festival received $600,000 in NYSCA/ESD REDC support to undertake infrastructure improvements to its 32-year-old theater complex. The Festival has a vital economic and social impact on the region; 36,000 tickets are sold annually to visitors from throughout the U.S. and 11 foreign countries. With strategic improvements it can sustain and continue to grow its service as a Mohawk Valley cultural center. 

Learn how to apply to the Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement Program - Large Capital Fund