NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through its Artists' Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $27 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds are unrestricted, and can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.
NYFA's Artists' Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The extensive list of past awardees includes the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards ,and 15 MacArthur ''Genius'' Fellowships. The funds are unrestricted, and can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.