Apply Now | Fiscal Sponsorship for New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Grants

Apply Now | Fiscal Sponsorship for New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Grants

Apply for an Out-of-Cycle Review by Tuesday, February 11.

Artists and non-profit organizations in New York State, did you know that funding from The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) can give you a leg up on making your artist project a reality? There’s one key step you need to take in order to be eligible as an individual artist: securing a fiscal sponsor. NYFA accepts no-fee applications quarterly for its Fiscal Sponsorship program, and conducts Out-of-Cycle Reviews on an ongoing basis to accommodate all timelines, including deadlines for NYSCA.

What is NYSCA?
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to providing New York State-based artists and arts organizations the resources to develop their work and connect with the public. Grantmaking is central to this mission and in FY2019, it awarded $51M to 2,400 organizations through direct grants and regrants. New York State-based arts organizations and individual artists working in the visual, media, and performing arts can apply for grant funding on an annual basis.  

How do I know if I qualify?

Check out the FY2021 Grant Guidelines. There are 15 different funding programs and each program has a different set of guidelines. The grant is open to New York State residents with projects occurring within the state, and you must be a pre-qualified nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor in order to apply. Individual artists should review the Individual Artist program guidelines.

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
A fiscal sponsor is required to apply for the Individual Artist NYSCA grants. NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship is a fundraising and administrative tool available to U.S.-based artists and arts organizations in all disciplines. Sponsorship allows you to use NYFA’s 501c3 charitable status to apply for grants and corporate sponsorship, and offer donors the incentive of a tax deduction.

How does Out-of-Cycle Review work?
In order to help meet this deadline, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship offers an expedited Out-of-Cycle Review application. There is a $175 administrative fee for applications and a turnaround period of two weeks. Fiscal sponsorship status must be acquired before applying to the NYSCA grant for many categories; please read the guidelines carefully. Email our team at [email protected] with questions.

If you want to apply for NYSCA’s funding, you must apply for an Out-of-Cycle Review with NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship by Tuesday, February 11. Click one of the links below to apply:

NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship also accepts no-fee applications through our quarterly application deadlines.The next quarterly deadline is March 31. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs.

Image: Caroline Falby, The Animation of Mortality (Sponsored Project and FY2020 Individual Artist NYSCA Recipient)

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