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Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund

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The Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund is provided by the City of Syracuse and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Its purpose is to support the arts and culture sectors of the city by generating economic activity, creating meaningful employment for those in the industry, and producing tax revenue for the City of Syracuse.

The program will bolster the arts and culture sector by supporting individual artists, not-for-profit organizations, and private businesses with arts programming or services.

Applicants, either individuals or organizations, must have a permanent residence in the City of Syracuse and must be able to show they have experienced a negative disproportionate economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


Funding Levels

Non-Profit Organizations and For-profit Corporations may request up to a total of $100,000.
For-profit  corporations may be subject to state and federal taxes on awarded funds.

Individual artist applicants, including teaching artists and sole proprietors, may submit up to two requests of up to $10,000 each for a total of $20,000. Individual artist applicants will be subject to state and federal taxes for awards over $600.


Eligibility

The eligible project period is May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

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 programs.

The program strives to engage diverse populations of artists that demonstrate a commitment to public service and public participation from across all of the City of Syracuse.

In accordance with the City of Syracuse and federal guidelines set by the American Rescue Plan Act, only applicants who can provide sufficient evidence demonstrating negative economic impact because of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for funding.

  • Individual Artists: Applicants must provide a permanent address within the City of Syracuse and attest to having worked as an artist prior to September 2019.
  • Nonprofit Arts Organizations & For-profit Corporations: Applicants must provide a business address within the City of Syracuse and demonstrate a track record of artistic or cultural programming or services beginning prior to March 2019.

Negative Economic Impact: Applicants must provide sufficient data to demonstrate a negative economic impact as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic after March 2021. Possible ways to demonstrate such impact include, but are not limited to:

  • Loss of revenue in sales or receipts
  • Challenges covering rent, payroll, or other operational expenses
  • Increased financial insecurity or loss of business stability (e.g. refused business loan by a bank or financial institution)
  • Cancellation or delay in artist commissions, exhibitions, performances, or other such events
  • Loss or delay in the receipt of state grants or other annual or anticipated sources of funding.

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  • Have a permanent address within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT)*
  • Have not received previous federal pandemic relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), or other such federal grants or loans. (Not applicable to individuals)

Required Application Seminar:

The application seminar is designed to provide applicants with an understanding of the purpose and eligibility requirements of the Arts & Culture Recovery Fund program. All prospective applicants are required to attend either a webinar or an in-person seminar to fulfill this requirement. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will not be considered for funding. 

To see a list of upcoming seminars and to register for attendance, please CLICK HERE.


Deadlines

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022, by 11:59 PM.

The deadline for all questions is Friday, June 3, 2022, at 4:30 PM

More Information

Am I eligible for this opportunity if I've received County, State, or SCR awards?

Yes. The only eligibility criteria for this opportunity are a permanent address within the City of Syracuse; a demonstration of negative economic impact as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic; and a track record of artistic or cultural programming or services.

Am I eligible for this opportunity if I have received previous federal pandemic relief?

Yes. Applicants who have not received relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), or other federal grants or loans will be given priority, but applicants that have received such relief remain eligible for this opportunity.

Am I eligible for this opportunity if my address does not fall within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT)?

Yes. Applicants with a permanent address within a QCT will be given priority, but all addresses within the City of Syracuse are eligible for this opportunity.