CNY Arts, Inc.

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Tier Definitions

Tier One Qualifications - Cultural Institutions

  • Annual budget $800,000 & up
  • Established 10 years
  • Full time director
  • Board of Directors
  • Year round operation
  • Annual audit
  • Historically funded by Onondaga County
  • Own or operate a venue

 Tier One agencies must provide evidence of audience impact and financial viability and are required to match County funds with corporate, foundation and individual donations. Government funds are not admissible for this match. Tier One agencies must report on their activities, finances, and match progress quarterly to CNY Arts, and must provide data for zip code analysis annually.


Tier Two Qualifications - Midsize Agencies

  • Annual Budget $250,000 -799,999
  • Established 5 years
  • Board of directors
  • Annual audit (for organizations with a budget over $750,000)
  • CPA Review Report (for organizations under $750,000)
  • Historically funded by Onondaga County
  • Year-round operation

Tier Two agencies must provide evidence of audience impact and financial viability. Tier Two agencies must report on their activities and finances quarterly to CNY Arts, and must provide data for zip code analysis annually.


Tier Three Qualifications – Smaller & New Agencies

  • Annual Budget $25,000 - $249,999
  • Established 3 years
  • Board of directors
  • Public component of work, including but not limited to performance, exhibition, arts education, or public discourse
  • Organizations that meet the criteria of Tier Two but are not historically funded by Onondaga County

Tier Three agencies are not eligible for Onondaga County General Operating Support at this time. When funds allow, Tier Three agencies may apply for Project Support or Economic Development grants.