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Grants to New York Arts Nonprofits for Capital Projects to Improve Capacity

Capital Projects Fund - Large Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture

GrantWatch ID# 205922
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 nonprofit arts organizations for capital projects that improve capacity and benefit the community. Applicants are required to prequalify prior to submitting a grant application. Funding is intended to increase access to the arts, encourage visitors to the state, support the arts as critical to New York's economy, advance the arts sector's commitment to environmental sustainability, health, and safety, and provide capital investments to maintain New York’s globally-recognized role as a creative engine.

The NYSCA Large Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture strives to invest in arts and cultural projects that serve New York State’s diverse communities, residents, and visitors. Strong projects combine excellence in design with informed decisions about organizational capacity and public needs, while also supporting placemaking and community development. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their projects positively impact the future of their organization and solidify their role as key drivers of employment and economic growth.

The Large Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture includes support for 1) the construction and renovation elements of capital projects, and 2) the purchase and installation of capital equipment systems (if applicable). For additional information, see:

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.
  • Community Development: Contribute to local workforce development and/or expansion, tourism growth, and/or placemaking and downtown revitalization.
  • Diversity. Make plans to diversity organizational leadership at the executive and board level.

Additionally, all projects must include a(n):

  • Social Equity Component. Create new dedicated programming to engage members of underserved communities, partnerships with local schools and/or community organizations to provide free youth programming, initiatives to expand curatorial opportunities for members of underserved communities and/or representation of work created by artists of color, etc.
  • Accessibility Plan. Offer access (e.g., free tickets) to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Funding Supports:

  • Eligible capital improvements including new construction, renovations and/or expansions of publicly accessible space(s) used primarily for arts and cultural programming that will improve access to arts and advance local community development efforts;
  • Purchase and installation of eligible capital equipment systems as part of a larger construction project.

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 prequalified to do business with New York State in the Grants Gateway online portal by the application deadline.

- The applicant must be a non-profit organization with a mission of arts and culture, 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 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).
- 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 regarding ineligible costs and ineligible 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 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 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.

Matching Requirement: Awards may not exceed 50% of total project cost

How to get prequalified:


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Project Timeline: Projects must be ready to commence construction within 12 months of being selected for funding.

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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