NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant

The program will distribute $1,000 to New York State artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. This is the third and final cycle in a program that will distribute $261,000 in total funding.


Applications Open: Tuesday, April 4, 10:00 AM ET
Applications Close: Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 PM ET*
Applicants Notified: June 2023


*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.


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.

NEW FOR CYCLE 3: NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant is now open to artists who live in New York State, including those who live within the five boroughs of New York City.

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 (2019 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 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.


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.


The below pre-recorded virtual information session includes an overview of the program, a summary of eligibility requirements, and tips to filling out the application. 

There is ASL interpretation and captioning in the video.


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, May 23 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.