Guidelines at a Glance: Architecture + Design

The Van Alen Institute’s LES Decoded. Photo by Zachary Tyler Newton. The Van Alen Institute received support for multiple FY17 projects and its public program series.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Architecture + Design:

Architecture + Design
The Program supports the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, graphic, fashion, industrial and/or interior design.

  1. Project Support
    • Examples include: exhibitions, publications, workshops, conferences, public programs, services to the field
    • Restoration/Maintenance/Construction projects are not eligible. (Please see the Facilities Program for capital support)
    • Recent awards range from $5,000 – $27,000; not more than 50% of project budget
  2. Independent Projects
    • Individuals (or a team) may apply for a project which advances their field and contributes to a broader understanding of design.
    • Requests must be sponsored by an eligible New York State nonprofit organization – NYSCA cannot grant to individuals directly.
    • Grants are awarded up to $10,750.



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