Keep NYS Creating Project Grant

Program will award $1,000 project grants to support artists in Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island who previously applied for NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in 2018, 2019, and/or 2020.

NYFA is awarding Keep NYS Creating Project Grants of $1,000 to support artists who are actively living and working in the New York State regions listed above. 

These grants were created to help these artists continue their creative projects that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply, artists should outline how the grant will be used to support a current project. A minimum of 40 qualified projects will be funded across the state. Each NYS region will receive up to five grants.

Those interested in donating to the fund to help expand its impact may do so here.

The Keep NYS Creating Project Grant is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and with additional support from the Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award.

GRANT TIMELINE

Application Opens: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT

Application Closes: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

Application Review: Thursday, June 18-Sunday, June 24, 2020

Applicants Notified: First Week of July 2020

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Artists who previously applied to the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in 2018, 2019, and/or 2020, and meet all eligibility criteria therein. In addition, artists must be able to demonstrate that they have been actively creating for at least the past three consecutive years.
  • Artists whose current artistic/creative projects were disrupted by COVID-19; applicants must be able to identify and describe how the funds will be used to support their projects. Individual and/or community projects will be accepted.
  • Are originators of the artworks, and are working in one of the following eligible discipline categories: Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Fiction, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Music/Sound, Nonfiction Literature, Painting, Photography, Playwriting/Screenwriting, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and/or Video/Film.
  • Current residents of one of the eligible New York State Regions, and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein, and have maintained residency in said region for the past 12 months (since June 2019). Eligible NYS Regions include: Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island. New York City residents are not eligible to apply.
  • Must be 25 years or older.
  • Not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind (as of June 9, 2020).
  • Not currently employed by NYFA or NYSCA, and have not been employed by NYFA or NYSCA in the last 12 months; not a member of the NYFA Board of Directors or Artists’ Advisory Committee or the NYSCA Council; not an immediate family member of any of the aforementioned.

All past recipients of NYSCA or NYFA funding (including the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship) that meet these criteria are eligible to apply.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please click here for a list of application questions and requirements for completing the application form.

  • Contact Information. Applicants will need to supply their full legal name and current contact information, including address, phone number, and email.
  • Discipline Category. Applicants will need to select the eligible discipline category that best describes their primary practice.
  • Description of current project. Applicants will need to briefly describe their artistic/creative project.
  • Description of how funds will be allocated. Applicants will need to demonstrate that an individual project or community project was interrupted due to COVID-19, and describe how the $1,000 grant will be used to support the continuation of their project. This section will include a brief budget outline.
  • Demonstration of current artistic activity. Applicants must demonstrate current artistic activity over the past three years by providing an up-to-date artist CV/resume and at least one supporting material, including: copies of press, recent grant award letter, exhibition materials, and/or a link to their artist website.
  • Evidence of living and working in an eligible New York State region. Applicants will be asked to provide two documents confirming their residency in a location within one of the following eligible New York State Regions for the past 12 months: Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island. Evidence submitted must be on an official company document/letterhead, stating name, date and address (the address does not need to be the same for each document).
  • Proof of age. Upload passport or state-issued ID.

FAQs

REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

Who can apply for the grant?

Only past applicants to the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship from 2018, 2019 and 2020 who are current residents of one of the eligible New York State regions. In order to be considered, applicants must be able to demonstrate how their project was disrupted by COVID-19, and how the funds will help them continue the project. Please review the full list of eligibility criteria before applying.

What does NYFA define as a project?

For this grant, a project is defined as a current artistic/creative activity, including individual or community based, that has a public benefit, demonstrates deliverables, includes a project budget, and is not commercial in nature.

Recipients will be asked to share their project outcomes, along with a budget detailing how the funds were spent, in a report within the year.

What type of project expenses are eligible?

The fund can be used for appropriate expenses that will allow you to continue your project, including artist fees, rent for studio/space, supply and material purchases, equipment hire, assistant fees, etc. If you have a question of whether your project expenses will be considered eligible, please contact us at [email protected].

What type of project expenses are not eligible?

Large electronic/technology purchases, travel or accommodation expenses, reimbursement for past expenses, all non-project related expenses, activities occurring outside of New York State, etc.

What specific artist disciplines may apply?

Artists working in any of the following discipline categories may apply:

Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Fictions, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Music/Sound, Nonfiction Literature, Painting, Photography, Playwriting/Screenwriting, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and Video/Film.

A description of each of these disciplines can be found here.

What regions of New York State are eligible for this award?

Applicants need to be living and working in the following areas across New York State:

Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

What types of documentation will I need to provide as evidence of my residence in a New York Region?

A: Evidence submitted must:

  • Be an official company document/letterhead that clearly states applicants name.
  • Clearly states the date.
  • Clearly states a New York address (the address does not need to be the same for each document).

This evidence can be but is not limited to:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement or bill
  • Valid government ID issued in 2018 or before, or
  • Residential or studio lease

Applicants will need to provide two documents from the past 12 months, June 2019 to June 2020.

What file types can I upload to my application form?

The application form accepts the following file types: PDF, JPG, DOC, DOCX, and weblinks.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Where do I find the application?

A link to the application will appear on this page beginning Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT.

Applicants will need to select the “Apply Now” button which will be added to this webpage on June 9.

When will recipients be notified?

We anticipate applicants will be notified the first week of July 2020.

Is this income taxable?

Though NYFA will not be issuing a 1099 on this COVID-19 related grant, we cannot advise on individual tax matters. Please consult your personal financial manager or tax accountant. Note: All recipients will be asked to complete a W-9 for NYFA’s internal processing.

How will applications be selected for funding?

Once applications close, applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Qualifying applicants will be selected through a drawing.

Can you explain your review process?

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Subsequently, entries from each region will be selected through a drawing to ensure that all regions are equally represented and that early submissions are not given undue advantage over those submitting materials towards the end of the cycle. This ensures equal opportunity among applicants of different geographic location, physical ability, cultural background, or economic circumstance.

If I receive a grant, will there be reporting requirements?

Yes. All grant recipients will be asked to provide a brief report including expenses within the year, verifying how the funds were used to support their artistic project. Recipients will be provided with more detailed instruction upon notification of their award.

What can I use the funding for?

This fund is intended to help applicants continue the project outlined in their application. The final report will ask applicants to specify how they spent the funds, and describe their project outcomes.

 I have received a recent Grant from NYFA and or NYSCA, am I still eligible?

Yes, all past recipients of either NYFA or NYSCA grants who meet the above eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.

NYFA or NYSCA employees, members of the NYFA Board of Directors, Artists’ Advisory Committee, the NYSCA Council, and/or an immediate family member of any of the previous are not eligible to apply.

QUESTIONS?

Email [email protected].

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