CNY Arts, Inc.


ReStart NY Regrants


Applications are open for ReStart NY Regrants from November 1, 2021 to November 15, 2021.

Applications are now open for a short time!

The CNY Arts ReStart NY Regrants program is a one-time grant opportunity offered as part of the New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) Recovery Fund Initiative and designed to support in-person (not virtual) live performances, events, and other projects. The ReStart NY Regrants are available to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm
  • Who may apply: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists, groups, or collectives
  • Award Amount: $500.00 to $5,000.00
  • Match Requirement: None
  • Project Period: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
  • Project Location: Must occur in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties

Review the Program Guidelines

ReStart NY Regrants is a NYSCA regrant program administered by CNY Arts.

Applicants who have applied to the 2021 Decentralization (DEC) grant may apply for ReStart funds, regardless of the $5,000.00 DEC maximum.

ReStart applicants may also apply for 2022 Statewide Community Regrants (SCR, formerly known as DEC) without affecting the $5,000.00 SCR maximum.

Please note, however, that ReStart NY Regrant project MUST be different from DEC 2021 and SCR 2022 projects. See the Guidelines for more details.

  • Complete Submittable Application
  • Project Budget Form
  • Bios and Résumés of key artists
  • List of Project Locations and Venues
  • Proof of New York State and county residency
  • Artistic Work Samples & Support Materials
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Proof of Nonprofit Status
  • Board Member Affiliation List
  • Organizational financial statement for the most recent fiscal year
  • * Individual artists and unincorporated entities are not required to apply with a Fiscal Sponsor a Community Based Partner for ReStart NY Regrants only.

Eligible Applicants

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a resident of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties.
  • Must have a permanent address in the same county as the project location.
  • Must provide proof of nonprofit status (including 501(c)(3) status, NYS nonprofit status, or governmental or tribal organization status), OR
  • Must be an individual artist, collective, or other unincorporated entity.


Ineligible Applicants

  • New York State agencies and departments (including BOCES and SUNY)
  • Public, private, or parochial elementary and secondary schools.
  • Students enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program.
  • Applicants who have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for ReStart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants, regardless of funding status.
  • Applicants who have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2022 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes A.R.T./New York's Creative Opportunity Fund.
  • Only in-person (not virtual) live performances, events, or other projects are eligible for the ReStart NY Regrants!
  • Past projects that occurred after July 1, 2021 are retroactively eligible.
  • Projects must be unique. Projects that have already received funding through the DEC 2021 program are not* eligible.
  • Projects funded by the ReStart NY Regrants Program will not** be eligible for 2022 Statewide Community Regrants (SCR, formerly known as Decentralization or DEC).
  • Priority will be given to performing arts events. However, any project that includes a public program or presentation is eligible.

* ReStart NY Regrants may be requested to fund a different aspect of your DEC 2021 project, such as an additional performances.

** ReStart applicants are eligible for SCR 2022 if they apply with a different project.

All grant applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility before they enter the Peer Review Panel Process. All applications will be evaluated and scored according to the three criteria listed below for a maximum total of 15 points.

Creativity (5 points)

  • Quality of submitted samples of past works
  • Proposed artists and personnel should have experience and/or credentials that are well-matched to the project's goals.
  • High level of originality, innovation, and relevance.
  • Quality if project concept and design.

Access & Inclusion (5 points)

  • Engagement with historically excluded communities.
  • Consideration of community needs and interests (non-duplication of comparable existing programs or services).
  • Outreach and marketing plans for core audience should be appropriate and effective.
  • High level of collaboration with other organizations, artists, and businesses.
  • High level of cultural depth in audience experience.

Feasibility (5 points)

  • Overall clarity of project proposal with defined objectives.
  • A reasonable plan for implementation and evaluation.
  • Previously demonstrated ability to implement projects.
  • A realistic and achievable budget and timeline.

Eligible Expenses

ReStart NY Regrants are designed to provide project support. As such, all expenses must be related to supporting the proposed project. Applications with ineligible expenses included in the Budget Form or otherwise described in the project proposal may be disqualified.

  • Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services. At least 60% of the award amount must be restricted to artist fees and compensation for other creative professionals.
  • Project-specific administrative fees.
  • Space and equipment rental fees and other technical fees.
  • Equipment purchases of up to $1,000.00 of the total budget
  • Project-specific supplies and materials (not including food or drink).
  • Printing, advertising, promotion, and postage.
  • Travel and other necessary transportation (not including out-of-state travel).

Ineligible Expenses

  • General operating support.
  • Entertainment, such as balloons, clowns, magicians, or "sip and paint".
  • Individual equipment purchases exceeding the $1,000.00 maximum.
  • Cash prizes, scholarships, fellowships, regrants, or other monetary awards.
  • Juried shows and competitions.
  • Social activities, such as galas, benefits, receptions, parties, or any fundraising events.
  • Food, drink, or any other expenses related to hospitality.
  • Expenses related to any activity that takes place outside the same county as the project location.
  • Expenses related to events that take place in a private home or studio.
  • Expenses related to events that are restricted to the general public, such as camps or clubs.
  • Expenses for projects that are primarily recreational, therapeutic, religious, or rehabilitative in nature (including worship, health, and social service projects).
  • Building construction or development, capital improvements, or acquisitions of art.
  • Creation of textbooks and other classroom materials.
  • Expenses related to lobbying or any other advocacy.
  • Fees paid to children.
  • Any fee, payment, or financial benefit to direct NYSCA applicants, regardless of funding status.

Direct NYSCA applicants are prohibited from handling box offices or ticketing for any project funded by SCR. Direct NYSCA applicants may not profit from SCR through donations or ticket sales, and they may not include projects funded by SCR in their season or programming.

Applicants must have a permanent address in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties.

The following documentation may be accepted as proof of residency:

  • NYS driver’s license.
  • 2020 tax return.
  • Utility or any other bill containing the individual's name and address, dated no earlier than 2019.

The following documentation may be accepted as proof of nonprofit status:

  • Letter of Determination from the IRS indicating tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3).
  • Documentation of charter by the NYS Board of Regents under section 216 of the NYS Education Law.
  • Documentation of incorporation under Section 402 of the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.
  • Current NYS Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt.
  • Official authorization as an arm of local government (i.e., a formal letter on official stationary signed by the appropriate county, city, town, or village executive).
  • Sign and adhere to the terms laid out in the project contract (funding agreement).
  • Conduct all funded activities as described in the project narratives in the application.
  • Provide CNY Arts with copies of promotional materials and an advance schedule of all funded events.
  • Provide CNY Arts with complimentary tickets for all funded events.
  • Submit a Final Report within 30 days after the completion of a project.
  • Immediately and in writing notify CNY Arts of any changes to the project, including dates, locations, admission fees, artists hired, or activities conducted. All changes to funded projects are subject to approval.
  • Prominently and correctly include credit language for the grant award:

This project was made possible with the funds from the ReStart NY Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor's Office and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

  • Credit language must be accompanied by the CNY Arts logo. The language may not be accompanied by the NYSCA logo.