State Grants Available for Arts Organizations, Individuals

The New York State Council on the Arts will provide $82 million  in funding for nonprofit arts and culture organizations and individuals.

The funds will include general operating support and grants to support  individual artists, affordable rehearsal space, folk arts apprenticeships and performing arts residences. Application guidelines are available now at

“New York’s innovative arts and culture sector is a key component of our state, driving our vibrant tourism industry, energizing our communities, and inspiring students all across the state,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “These critical funding opportunities will allow our artists and cultural organizations to keep delivering these incredible benefits to New Yorkers and our visitors.” 

A  webinar for the NYSCA FY 2025 Opportunities will be held on Tuesday with other webinars scheduled from  May 21 to May 23 and virtual office hours held throughout June and early July. Registration for the webinars as well as an updated schedule will be available here.

Guidelines for the following opportunities are available to download on theNYSCA website

  • Support for Organizations–Provides flexible operating and programmatic funding for qualified arts and culture organizations. Awards range from $10,000 to $49,500.
  • Support for Artists–Funds creative commissions to individual artists across the state. The commission areas include Choreography, Composer, Film, Media, and New Technology, Folk and Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Theater Commissions, and Visual arts. Award amount is $10,000. 
  • Support for Targeted Opportunities– Rehearsal and studio space for the Performing Arts: This funding is intended to support creative rehearsal time and organizations that provide viable and affordable space for non-profit arts groups and artists.  Awards range from $15,000 to $35,000.

– Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships: This funding provides individuals experienced in a folk art with opportunities to study with master folk artists from their own community. Award amount is $10,000.

– Performing Arts Residencies. This opportunity supports a minimum 3-consecutive-week residency by New York-based performing arts groups in a targeted area in New York State outside of the applicant’s home county and outside New York City. Awards range from $15,000 to $35,000. 

  • Support for Regrants and Services– Supports funding to State Community Regrant sites – a network of regional arts and culture organizations located across the state – that leverage their local expertise to extend the impact of NYSCA’s grantmaking to artists and nonprofits as well as funding to organizations for services to the field. This opportunity is by invite only. 

The application portal will open June 5. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2024, at 4 p.m. All applicants must complete the prequalification process through the Statewide Financial System before applying for a grant. NYSCA urges applicants to begin the prequalification process as soon as possible. Opportunities for Capital Project Grants will be announced in the fall.  

New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Erika Mallin said,“NYSCA’s mission is to deliver the benefits of arts and culture to all New Yorkers.  I encourage our creatives from all over the State to review and apply for these essential opportunities. We want to support your creativity and innovation that will guide us all towards a better and stronger future.” 

New York State Council on the Arts Chair Katherine Nicholls said, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Hochul and the Legislature, we are delighted to continue this incredible trajectory of vital funding to our field with our FY 2025 opportunities, supporting the critical work of artists and arts and culture organizations all across the State.”

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