Guidelines at a Glance: Facilities

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 Facilities:

Facilities (Prerequistite: applicants must have received three consecutive years of funding from NYSCA to be eligible, and must own their facility or hold a long-term lease with at least six unexpired years at the time of application. Grants of $5,000-$49,500 represent up to 50% of a project’s cost, and applicants may not include other NYS funds in project budget.)

  1. Capital Equipment
      1. Purchase of equipment that is essential to the production and/or presentation of an art form, such as theatrical lighting/sound systems, gallery lighting, sprung flooring, infrared or FM listening systems, large-type and Braille printers, theatre seats, projectors, fire curtains, museum collections storage systems.


  2. Ineligible: non-depreciable audiovisual equipment, office furniture/shelving, stackable chairs, distance learning equipment, food service equipment, telephones.
  3. Computers are eligible if the equipment is critical to producing an art form and is not for administrative use.
  4. Capital Projects ( construction must occur during NYSCA contract period)
    1. Includes renovation, expansion, or restoration projects for eligible buildings
    2. Includes installation of elevators, wheelchair lifts, boilers, and HVAC systems
    3. Support in this category is not available for the construction of entirely new facilities.
  5. Design Studies by NYS licensed architect
  6. Supports concept design, schematic design, design development for a planned capital project; master plan for cultural facility
  7. NYSCA encourages design work that generates creative solutions to the problem of adapting existing structures to new or expanded cultural uses.
  8. Projects in this category may not include: bid negotiation, construction administration, purchase of real estate, capital construction costs, out-of-state travel, salaries or overhead of public agencies, or student projects.


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