NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant

The program will distribute $1,000 to New York State artists with a disability who reside outside of the five boroughs of NYC and have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.


The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant program will distribute one-time cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to cover art related expenses. The grant will be open to visual, media, music, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary artists who live in New York State outside of the five boroughs of NYC. 

Applicants will need to be practicing artists and be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their arts practice and career. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have participated, created, or maintained their artistic practice and provide documentation from any time over the past 4 years (2018 to date). Applicants are encouraged to share a past public engagement such as an exhibition, show, community-based program, performance, or other public presentation of the artist’s work within their application. Only those who are current New York State residents outside the five boroughs of NYC and have maintained residency for a minimum of twelve months will be considered. 

Grant recipients will not be made public, and personal information will never be disclosed or publicized without prior consent.

This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s Office and the New York State Legislature.


Applications Opened: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT
Applications Closed: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT
Applicants Notified: November 2022


NYFA only accepts applications online via apply.nyfa.org/submit.

Please click here to download a PDF version of the application questions.

Please click here to view application guidelines.

Please click here for FAQs.


See below for a pre-recorded overview of the guidelines and application questions for The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant. Please note that dates reflect Cycle 1 of the grant, but all other content and requirements are the same for Cycle 2.

Sarah O’Connell, Senior Program Officer, NYFA Grants, reviews the guidelines and application form of the NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant. Alana Aloi provides ASL interpretation.


To request an accommodation or if you need assistance in applying online, please email [email protected] or call (212) 366-6900 ext. 264 on Mondays between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM EDT. For accommodation outside of the provided time slot, please email [email protected] to schedule a phone call. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, October 18 to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.


NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. Disabled artists with multiple intersecting identities including people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.