NYSCA FY2019 Capital Funding Opportunities

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Available through the Arts and Cultural Facilities Improvement Program, NYSCA will offer two one-time funding  opportunities for FY2019: the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund and the Large Capital Project Fund

Applicants may only apply to ONE of the two programs and MAY NOT apply for a project that has an application pending through NYSCA’s Facilities Program. If you have a Facilities Program application pending that you would like to withdraw, email Facilities Program Director Christine Leahy.

Applicants MUST be Prequalified with New York State to be eligible for funding.

Organizations that received funding through the 2018 Arts and Cultural Facilities Improvement Program are NOT ELIGIBLE.

The application deadline for both opportunities is July 27, 2018 at 4PM.

Useful links:

Prequalification Guide

Program Comparison: Mid-Size Capital Fund vs. Large Capital Project Fund

Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

CFA Resource Guide

REDC Application Workshop Schedule


Mid-Size Capital Project Fund


Program Goals

Through Capital Fund support NYSCA makes strategic investments in supporting cultural organizations to help them become more physically accessible, stabilize their facilities, support their artistic efforts, and become more sustainable for their communities. Strong facilities projects combine excellence in design with informed decisions which will positively affect the future of arts, cultural and heritage organizations across the state.

Program Categories

  • Capital Equipment
  • Capital Projects
  • Design Studies

Award Range:  $50,000 - $250,000

Note: For requests smaller than $50,000, please consider applying in 2019 for FY20 funding through NYSCA’s Facilities Program

Please review the complete application guidelines here.

Large Capital Project Fund  


Program Goals

Available through the REDC initiative, the Large Capital Project Fund has been established to strengthen tourism, promote business development, and improve the quality, efficiency and accessibility of New York State arts and cultural organizations through targeted investments. 

Funding is available for, but not limited to:

  • renovations and/or expansions of space(s) that are open to the public
  • modifications to provide for sustainable, energy efficient spaces that would result in overall cost savings
  • accessibility renovations
  • technology and other equipment that would benefit the public.  

The Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement Program and each funded proposal will work to support the longterm strategic plans for economic growth as put forth by the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).

Award Range: $250,000-$1,000,000, 50% match required.

To Apply: Read the Guidelines on page 48 of the CFA Resource Guide for detailed information. 

For information about additional NYSCA REDC opportunities, visit our REDC initiative page.