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NYSCA SLP Technical Assistance Grants
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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 Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021 by 11:59 PM

Who May Apply: FY2021 State & Local Partnership Grantee Organizations ONLY

Award Amount: $1000 - $5000

Project Period: October 1, 2021 to  September 30, 2022

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

The SLP Technical Assistance Program provides funds for professional services targeted to specific organizational challenges and opportunities, with the potential to significantly advance the mission of SLP constituent organizations. All organizations currently supported by NYSCA SLP (State & Local Partnerships) are eligible to apply.

Only 2021 NYSCA-funded State & Local Partnership organizations are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must have submitted all final reports from prior year TA grants to CNY Arts.

Eligible Expenses

Requests for technical assistance may include any of the following, but are not limited to these examples:

System Development:

Consultant fees for developing or upgrading websites, Online forms, Online and/or social media presence, Financial management systems, Grants management systems, Fundraising management systems, Audience database or ticketing systems

Strategic Initiatives:

Consultant fees related to community cultural planning, Audience development, Fundraising, Marketing, Virtual programs and/or services, Public relations, Board development

Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are not eligible through the Technical Assistance Program. Please do not include them in your proposal or your budget.

  • Fees and/or travel for attending professional conferences, seminars, and workshops.
  • Administrative and personnel expenses totaling more than 15% of the request amount.
  • Consultancy fees for persons already on your staff (full or part time).
  • Projects that have already received funding through the Technical Assistance Program.
  • Equipment and capital purchases.
  • Building renovation/construction plans or feasibility studies.
  • Funding or capital campaign feasibility studies.

Funding is limited; all applications must be in compliance with these published grant guidelines and will be evaluated and scored competitively based on the criteria listed below:

  • Importance of the requested technical assistance to the organization, its mission, and constituency.
  • Appropriateness and qualification of the proposed technical assistance provider.
  • Readiness of the applicant organization to benefit from the requested service.
  • Commitment of other organizational funds and/or resources to the project.

All State & Local Partnership organizations supported by NYSCA in 2021 are eligible to apply. Priority points will be given to:

  • First-time applicants and organizations that have not received a Technical Assistance grant in the last two years (2020 mini-grants are exempt).
  • 2021 SLP Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) Sites (formerly known as Decentralization).
  • Organizations located outside the New York City metropolitan area.

The Technical Assistance Program will not fund the continuation of projects that have already received funding through the TA program or projects that were not completed.

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.

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

Narrative Questions: Includes basic questions such as organization information, contact information, eligibility questions, and basic project information.

Proposal Upload: Your application should contain the following elements as attachments to the Submittable application. You may choose to upload one or more multiple documents containing:

  • A letter signed by the Executive Director of an officer of the board indicating the area(s) in which the group is seeking assistance*.
  • A brief narrative outlining the specific technical assistance service requested and its expected impact on the organization and your clients/constituency. Narratives should specifically address the panel criteria above.
  • A project timeline with specific and measurable project benchmarks and anticipated completion dates.
  • A project budget that includes all income, expenses, and the amount requested (please specify if any expenses are cash and in-kind).
  • Résumé(s) and/or proposals of any selected or proposed consultant(s), if applicable.

*You may address all application letters to the Members of the Technical Assistance Panel.

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

What is a Statewide Community Regrant Site? Am I an SCR Site? 

Statewide Community Regrant Sites (SCR), formerly known as Decentralization (DEC) Sites are designated by NYSCA to administer arts and cultural regrant funds in each of the state’s 62 counties. Local arts organizations are invited by NYSCA to serve as SCR sites for New York State. SCR provides support for community-based arts activities through a local decision-making grant process. Find a list of eligible Statewide Community Regrant 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 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 2021 NYSCA SLP Grantees are currently eligible for the Technical Assistance program.