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Grants to New York Arts Nonprofits for Capital Improvements
to Meet Community and Organizational Needs

Capital Projects Fund

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

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01/14/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York arts nonprofit organizations for capital improvements to meet community and organizational needs. The purpose of this program is to ensure access to the arts for all residents, support the role of the arts as a critical sector of the state's economy, and provide capital investments needed to maintain New York's globally-recognized role as a creative engine.

The NYSCA Capital Projects Fund strives to make investments of public funds that serve all communities and people that comprise New York State’s residents and visitors. Strong projects combine excellence in design with informed decisions about organizational capacity and community needs that will positively affect the future of arts and cultural organizations across the state.

Capital Projects Fund Program Overview

Arts and cultural organizations that own or lease buildings face myriad challenges in managing those structures. Through its Capital Projects Fund, NYSCA makes strategic investments in supporting those organizations to

  • Ensure that all people in New York have access to vibrant arts experiences
  • Sustain and grow the arts’ role as a critical sector of New York’s economy
  • Provide the necessary capital investments to maintain New York’s globally-recognized role as a creative engine 

Compelling projects will prioritize work that make cultural facilities:

  • Physically accessible and age-friendly
  • Environmentally sustainable and energy efficient
  • Safer and compliant with new public health guidelines and requirements
  • Creatively compelling for artists and audiences alike
  • Suited to attendance by a diverse set of participants

Funding Supports:

  • New construction, renovations and/or expansions of publicly accessible arts space(s)
  • Modifications to improve sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Renovations to improve accessibility or make physical health and safety upgrades
  • Technology and/or equipment systems that would improve public access and experience

For further details, see the following link:

For more details about eligible costs, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199401

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Sizes:
• $10,000 (flat amount, can fund up to 100% of project cost, organizations

Term of Contract:

Grant Term: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 (3 years, extensions of up to 2 considered)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• The applicant must be a non-profit arts organization, incorporated or registered to do business in New York State. Arts organizations that are embedded in private or public universities located in New York State may contact NYSCA to determine whether they are eligible to apply.
• Requests for Capital Construction or Capital Equipment must prove ownership of the facility, or provide evidence of either a) lease agreement with a state or municipal entity with guaranteed rights of renewal, or b) a commercial lease agreement with at least 10 years remaining. (A renewal option contained in the current lease will be considered, provided such renewal does not require landlord approval). Note: For larger projects, NYSCA may require applicants with lease agreements to demonstrate a remaining term equal to or greater than the IRS Useful Life estimate of the resultant capital asset for which funding is sought.
• Organizations must own their facility to apply for any exterior rehabilitation projects, such as roof replacement and façade restoration.

For information about ineligible costs and organizations, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Office Hour Sessions: 12/21/21, 1/6/22, 1/7/22, 1/10/22

The NYSCA team will be holding additional virtual office hour sessions, during which we will be available to answer questions regarding the application process. These office hours are not recorded. Please note that each session can accommodate 40 participants. We ask that you please only register for a session that you know you will be able to attend. A reminder that attendance at any FY2022 virtual office hour session is optional and has no bearing on your application.

Click on the registration links below to learn more about the sessions and submit your questions in advance:

- Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 3PM-3:45PM: Register here:
- Thursday, January 6, 2022, 3PM-3:45PM: Register here:
- Friday, January 7, 2022, 3PM-3:45PM: Register here:
- Monday, January 10, 2022, 11AM-11:45AM: Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

- Guidelines posted: November 1, 2021
- Application portal opens: November 22, 2021
- Application Deadline: January 14, 2022 at 4PM

The applicant must be Prequalified to do business with New York State in the Grants Gateway online portal by the application deadline.

Those with further questions should contact NYSCA Capital Fund staff by January 4, 2022 to schedule time to discuss their proposals.

The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to manage financing for the project through completion, as the majority of funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For more information, applicants should contact:
New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Call 212-459-8800 or Email

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