NYSCA Grant Opportunities

NYSCA accepts grant applications from nonprofit organizations incorporated or registered to do business in New York State, Indian tribes in New York State, and units of government in municipalities in New York State. An organization must have its principal place of business located in New York serving the State’s constituents.

The NYSCA FY2020 Application opens February 2019.

The deadline for FY2020 funding for all core Programs will be announced in early 2019.

Applications to the Regional Economic Development Council  (REDC) initiative will be available in late spring and due in summer 2019.

All applicants to core Programs must register on the NYSCA site, Prequalify with the State, and apply in the Grants Gateway.

All applicants to the REDC initiative must register on the NYSCA site and apply through the Consolidated Funding Application.

For a detailed overview of the Grants Gateway application process, please visit our Application Guide.


Application Guide For New Grants

Are you ready to apply for NYSCA funding? Follow our four-step guide with screenshots and videos to learn everything you need to know. We recommend you submit your application two weeks prior to the deadline to avoid last-minute errors.

You must have your accounts created and be Prequalified (Steps 1 & 2) at least five days before the application deadline.


Who Is Eligible

NYSCA accepts grant applications from New York-based non-profit organizations, units of municipal government, and Native American tribes. Read more about our specific eligibility requirements before you apply.


Multi-Year Grants

NYSCA awards grants for either a single-year or multi-year term. If you are awarded multi-year support, you will not need to submit a new application each year but will need to renew your existing application. Read more about the process to renew your multi-year grant to ensure that you receive your multi-year funding.


Fiscal Sponsors & Individual Artist Opportunities

NYSCA does not award grants directly to individual artists or to unincorporated arts organizations. However, these groups may apply for funding through a fiscal sponsor. Read more about how to apply through fiscal sponsorship.


How Grants Are Evaluated

NYSCA evaluates all grant applications on the basis of Service to the Public, Artistic/Programmatic Excellence and Fiscal/Managerial Competence. Read more about NYSCA’s evaluation process to inform your grant application.


Manage Your Grant

If you receive a NYSCA grant, you must comply with terms of the Cultural Services Contract and NYSCA’s crediting policies and submit timely reports on the use of your NYSCA funding. Read more about how to manage your grant.



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