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

Capital Projects Fund - Small and Midsized Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture

GrantWatch ID# 199401
Agency: State

Funding Source
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/19/22
Deadline: 01/12/23 4:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants to New York arts nonprofit organizations for capital improvements to meet community and organizational needs. Applicants are required to prequalify prior to submitting a grant application. 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.

Applicants must demonstrate how the project will support program priorities, including, but not limited to, any of the following goals:

  • Accessibility. Make arts facilities accessible for a diverse set of artists and participants.
  • Artistry. Enable arts and cultural programming that is more creatively compelling for artists and audiences alike.
  • Cultural Development. Provide further access to cultural offerings in rural areas or communities that have historically been underserved.
  • Environmental Sustainability. Demonstrate environmental stewardship and/or sustainable building practices, improve energy efficiency, and mitigate the negative effects of climate change on the organization’s ability to operate.
  • Health and Safety. Address known health and safety deficiencies and adhere to new public health guidelines and requirements.
  • Organizational Health. Make capital investments that reduce operating costs and/or provide new opportunities for revenue generation that will improve the health of the organization.
  • Structural and Historical Improvements. Address issues of building stabilization and historic preservation.
  • Diversity. Make plans to diversity organizational leadership at the executive and board level.

Funding Categories:

  • Capital Equipment
  • Capital Construction
  • Hybrid: Capital Equipment and Construction

For additional information, see:

Funding Supports:

  • New construction, renovations and/or expansions of publicly accessible arts space(s)
  • Purchase and installation of complete capital equipment systems

For information regarding funding priorities, see:

For information regarding eligible costs, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
- The applicant must be a non-profit arts organization, incorporated or registered to do business in New York State. Arts organizations that operate autonomously (with their own boards, funding and facility that is dedicated to arts programming), but are embedded in private universities or other non-arts 501c3s located in New York State may contact NYSCA to determine whether they are eligible to apply.
- Requests to the NYSCA Small and Midsized Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture must provide a deed to prove ownership of the facility or provide a copy of their long-term lease agreement demonstrating a remaining term that is equal to or greater than the IRS Useful Life estimate of the capital asset that would result from the proposed project. (For shorter leases, a renewal option contained in the current lease will be considered, provided such renewal does not require landlord approval).
- To apply for any exterior rehabilitation projects, such as roof replacement and façade restoration, organizations must own their facility or provide a letter of approval to undertake the work from their landlord.

For information about ineligible costs and organizations, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Register for the Wednesday, Oct 19 Webinar

NYSCA will be conducting a webinar on Weds, Oct 19 about the application process and hosting multiple virtual office hour sessions for applicants to receive one-on-one assistance before the Jan. 12, 2023, deadline. A recording of the webinar will be posted. Register here for the webinar:

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: January 12, 2023 at 4 PM
Award Announcement: April 2023

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 6, 2023 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.

How to get prequalified:


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
No match requirement:
Flat grants, only available to applicants with budgets < $2 million
• $10,000
• $25,000
• $50,000

1:1 Match Requirement:
Applicant requests a specific amount within the range, max 50% of total project cost, any size organization may apply (including organizations with budgets < $2 million)
• $50,001 - $2,000,000

Term of Contract
Grant Term: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026 (3 years, extensions of up to 2 years considered)

Contact Information

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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