Governor Hochul Announces Historic $140 Million Arts and Culture Grant Through the New York State Council for the Arts


Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that record funding is now available through the New York State Council for the Arts. The agency’s first five grant opportunities for fiscal year 2023 are now open to artists and arts and culture organizations in New York City. The 2023 state budget allocation includes $50 million in stimulus funds and $50 million in support for capital projects, in addition to the agency’s base budget for grantmaking. $40 million.

“New York’s arts sector is integral to our state’s identity, character, and economic well-being,” Governor Hochul said. “These historic grants from NYSCA will help strengthen nonprofits, spur creative work by artists in all 62 counties, and revitalize the industry. As we welcome a new era for New York, we must continue to investing in the artists and cultural institutions of New York that make our state the art capital of the world.”

The following NYSCA FY 2023 grant opportunities are now open:

  • Support for Organizations: Provides flexible general funding for the operation and programming of nonprofit organizations. This funding can also reach unincorporated tax-sponsored organizations throughout the state.
  • Support for artists: Funds creative commissions to individual artists across the state. Applicants must apply through a fiscal sponsor. NYSCA embraces the rich diversity of art across New York, and applicants from all artistic practices and disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Special Occasion Support: Supports opportunities that make space, time, and learning more accessible for artists and their creative endeavours. Opportunities cover creative performance residencies, subsidized rehearsal spaces for all forms of performing art, and folk arts apprenticeships.
  • Growth and capacity building: Provides organizations with flexible funds to redevelop their capacity to serve their audiences taking into account the impacts of COVID-19. Funds can meet a wide range of needs, such as: providing compensation to artists; staffing support, support for programmatic costs; advance audience development and contribute to necessary health and safety expenditures.
  • Support for partnerships: Supports regranting and partner organizations in all 62 counties while identifying new opportunities to ensure greater NYSCA funding reach and access for new applicants. The partnerships cover a range of services.

Additionally, NYSCA will support $50 million in capital project grants as part of its fiscal year 2023 opportunities. This investment marks the largest annual arts capital funding commitment in NYSCA history. The guidelines and application portal for NYSCA Capital Grants will be available this fall.

New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus said: “New York State is powered by thousands of arts workers and arts and culture organizations who drive our state’s economy and are essential to the health of all who call New York City. We are extremely grateful to Governor Hochul and the State Legislature’s responsive and unprecedented investment of $140 million for NYSCA this year – recognizing the expansive impact of the arts in our great state. NYSCA is prepared for this moment history by continuing to offer a streamlined grantmaking process, flexible funding solutions, and welcoming applicants from all artistic fields.”

Last year, NYSCA overhauled its longstanding funding structure to pave the way for a broader and more inclusive process, prioritizing applications from smaller organizations and applicants who serve historically underrepresented communities. Changes included consolidating and streamlining funding categories, implementing a new, more accessible application portal, and introducing flexible funding solutions.

New York State Council of the Arts President Katherine Nicholls said: “Over the past two years, NYSCA has spearheaded a transformation of the agency’s field service in response to the pandemic and its ongoing impact. NYSCA management and staff have recognized the challenges reopening for live performances, including unexpected health and safety preparedness costs for New York organizations.Simultaneously, NYSCA’s modified process has successfully welcomed more applicants, expanded the access and provided vital and flexible funding options. On behalf of the NYSCA Board, I would like to thank Governor Hochul and our state legislators for their substantial commitment to New York’s vast arts and culture sector. This investment will ensure that the arts continue to grow, thrive and attract visitors from around the world who travel in search of New York’s unparalleled creative excellence.

State Senator José Serrano said: “This year’s investment of $140 million for NYSCA demonstrates New York’s commitment to recovery by supporting arts and culture. Each year, the arts fuel our economy and create pathways for education and l “social commitment. I commend NYSCA for opening this new funding to New York City artists, and its continued support of the state’s vast creative workforce and economy.”

Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell said: “New York State is the cultural epicenter of the world. Our historic $140 million investment in the arts is essential to rebuilding our state’s economy, and every dollar administered by the New York State Council on the Arts drives the development and continued success of our non-profit arts sector. I am proud to support the arts in every corner of New York. »

Currently, NYSCA supports 1,525 organizations through more than 3,300 grants spanning New York’s 10 regions. The 2023 Fiscal Year Opportunity Guidelines and NYSCA Application Handbook are now available on the NYSCA website.

About the New York State Arts Council

The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State a great place to live, work and visit. The Council champions the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through its core grantmaking business, the Arts Council awarded more than $100 million in fiscal year 2022. NYSCA’s statewide grantmaking program supports the visual arts , literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities.

The Council on the Arts advances New York’s creative culture by bringing together leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the executive branch. For more information about NYSCA, please visit http://www.arts.ny.govand follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.


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