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Applications Now Being Accepted for the Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund


Syracuse Arts and Culture Recovery Fund

CNY Arts Announces New Grant Program to Help Revive the Arts Post COVID in City of Syracuse

CNY Arts Inc., central New York’s regional arts council, today announced the Syracuse Arts and Culture Recovery Fund. This new grant program will distribute $1.25 million in arts, culture, history, and heritage grants to provide recovery support to artists, organizations, and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to develop high-quality programming within the City of Syracuse.

APPLY TODAY| Application Due by June 6, 2022.

Applicants must be permanent residents or agencies located within the City of Syracuse.

“The arts and cultural sector is a vital industry for the City of Syracuse. We know from a 2018 study conducted by Le Moyne College, commissioned by CNY Arts that before the pandemic, the arts and cultural organizations and artists in greater Syracuse generated over $148 million annually in local spending and brought in over $13 million in local taxes and fees,” said Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts.

The sector has provided almost 6,000 jobs. However, in 2020, the industry lost 2,800 full-time jobs with significant losses experienced by the many businesses that depend on an active arts and cultural sector. The goal of the grants program is economic recovery for both the arts and the City of Syracuse.

The Arts & Culture Recovery Fund program is designed to bolster the arts and culture sector, both not-for-profit and for-profit, including individual artists located in the City of Syracuse in accordance with City of Syracuse and federal guidelines as set by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

All artistic disciplines are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to architecture, dance, design, music, theater, media, literature, museum activities, visual arts, folk arts, and arts education.