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NYSCA SLP Technical Assistance Grants

The NYSCA State and Local Partnerships (SLP) Division has made available a discrete pot of funds through the Technical Assistance Program to its constituent Decentralization (DEC) Sites and State & Local Partnership organizations statewide. This program is designed to fund new expenses to help arts organizations modify and redesign their programs and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All requests will be reviewed for eligibility and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Application Deadlines:

FY20 Decentralization (DEC) Sites Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by 11:59 PM
FY20 State & Local Partnership Grantees Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by 11:59 PM

Who May Apply: FY2020 State & Local Partnership Grantee Organizations ONLY

Award Amount: $500 per organization*
*DEC Sites are eligible to receive an additional $100 if they participate in the two Leveraging Technology Programs.

Project Period: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021

How to Apply: All proposals must be submitted through Submittable.

Grants are intended for new or additional equipment/subscriptions to enhance virtual work as organizations focus on delivering programs and services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are not intended for office equipment or scheduled equipment upgrades. 

Grants may fund the following:

  • Purchase of equipment and/or equipment upgrades (lights, mics, backgrounds, etc.)
  • Licenses and subscriptions for virtual and digital platforms and software
  • Professional Fees for artists or consultants/contractors to create content

Please note receipts for all grant-funded purchases will be required to be submitted with the final report.

Grants may not be used to fund:

  • Standard office equipment (computers/laptops, printers/copiers, phones, etc.)
  • Salaries, fringe benefits, or payroll taxes
  • General operating expenses

Technology grants are available (maximum of $600 for DEC Sites* and $500 for NYSCA SLP organizations) for equipment, training, and/or resources to address the technical needs of organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We anticipate between 53 and 58 grants to be awarded across New York State on a first come, first serve basis. Ineligible applicants will be notified within 3 business days.

*DEC Sites may request $600 in total if they participate in both Leveraging Technology Sessions presented by NYSCA. These programs include Virtual Public Engagement on 9/16/2020 and the Virtual Panel Session on 10/14/2020.

All NYSCA State & Local Partnership grantees supported by NYSCA in 2020 are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to Decentralization Sites.

We will not accept applications from former NYSCA SLP Grantees or former DEC sites. Learn more about these definitions in the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) tab.

Request Amounts

FY2020 State & Local Partnership organizations may request a maximum of $500.

FY2020 Decentralization Site organizations may request either $500 or $600. A DEC Site may request a maximum of $600 only if they have attended BOTH Leveraging Technology sessions presented by NYSCA. 

Grants are not intended to support general office purchases (i.e. a new computer) but for additional equipment/subscriptions to enhance virtual work.

All applicants should submit their materials through Submittable. A complete application must contain the following materials:

  1. Applicant Profile: includes basic questions such as organizational information and authorized signer information.
  2. Project Information: Selected technology expenses and explanation, request amount, and total project cost/budget.

Required Uploads:

  • Invoices, quotes, or estimates associated with the request (up to 5 documents are allowed)
  • IRS Form W-9

All questions submitted to CNY Arts are also documented on an ongoing basis under this FAQ section.

We have outdated computers. Can we use the grant to pay for a new computer?

Grants may not be used to purchase standard office equipment such as computers, printers/copiers, phones, etc. Grants are intended for the purchase of equipment to support virtual content or delivery of new programs and/or services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have specific questions about equipment eligibility, please contact Liz Lane.

What is a Decentralization Site? Am I a Decentralization Site? 

Decentralization (DEC) is NYSCA's statewide regrant program that provides arts and cultural funds in each of the state’s 62 counties. Local arts organizations are invited by NYSCA to serve as DEC sites for New York State. DEC provides support for community-based arts activities through a local decision-making grant process. Find a list of eligible Decentralization Sites here. If you're not on that list but believe you are a DEC site, please contact Liz Lane or Leanne Tintori at NYSCA. 

Do I have to keep copies of my receipts?

Yes, receipts will be required as your final report once the upgrades and/or project is completed.

What is the NYSCA Leveraging Technology Program? 

This is a series of two zoom webinars presented by NYSCA. They include Virtual Public Engagement on September 16, 2020 and the Virtual Panel Session on October 14, 2020.

For more information about the Leveraging Technology Program, please contact Leanne Tintori, Arts Program Director, Dance / State & Local Partnerships at (212) 459-8816 or

Decentralization sites are eligible for an additional $100 to their request if they attend both Leveraging Technology sessions.

What is a State & Local Partnership Organization?

NYSCA defines State & Local Partnerships as Local Arts Councils, Multi-Arts Centers, and Multi-Arts Service Organizations operating at the regional, county, and local levels. These organizations advance arts and cultural initiatives across artistic disciplines and offer comprehensive arts services that are essential to the State’s continued cultural development.

Only 2020 NYSCA SLP Grantees are currently eligible for the Technical Assistance program.