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Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund

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Calling all individual artists, teaching artists, folk artists, and sole proprietors-- The application portal is OPEN again! Submissions will be accepted until Friday, September 30, 2022.
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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. 

Upcoming Application Seminars will be scheduled soon. Please contact Regrants Program Staff if you have any questions.


Deadlines

Application Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022, by 11:59 PM.

The deadline for all questions is Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 4:30 PM


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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.

Can I apply for more than one grant request?

Yes. Individual artists can come in for two separate requests of up to $10,000. Nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies can come in for one request of up to $100,000. Individual artists who represent a nonprofit organization or own a for-profit company should make a separate grant request for that organization or company.

Can I still be eligible to apply for this opportunity if I missed the required application webinar?

Yes. Please immediately contact CNY Arts Regrants Program staff at grants@cnyarts.org to receive a video recording of the required application webinar.

How should "Loss" be calculated?

To calculate negative economic impact, please provide data, documentation, and narrative statements on all matters related to the financial wellbeing of your organization or your career as a professional artist.

How will I receive my grant award?

The Arts & Culture Recovery Fund is a reimbursement grant. All awarded grantees will need to submit reimbursement requests for real expenses with matching documentation and data. 25% of the award will be held back until the grantee submits a Final Report.

I'm an individual artist but I also run a nonprofit organization / own a for-profit company. Can I come in for both?

Yes. Individual applicants should come in for support in their own work as a professional artist. Individual artists who run or represent a nonprofit organization or own a for-profit company should also submit a separate application under that organization or company.

Is there a match requirement for my grant request?

No, there is no match requirement for your grant request. You may request for full funding without matching revenue.

What are the scoring criteria for panelists?

You may find the panelist scoring rubric here.

What is the different between a project-support request and a general operating support request?

Project-support applications should request funds only for expenses that are directly related to that project. General operating support requests may request for unrestricted funds that are not directly related to any particular project or service.

When will award decisions be made and when will grant funds be available for reimbursement requests?

CNY Arts will announce award decisions before the end of June, 2022. Grant funds will be available for reimbursement requests immediately after award decisions are announced.

Where can I find the application webinar slideshow?

You may find the slideshow presented during the required application webinar here. Please note that your application will be ineligible for consideration if you did not attend a live webinar. Please immediately contact CNY Arts Regrants Program staff at grants@cnyarts.org to receive a video recording of the required application webinar.

Will priority be given to any one applicant type?

No. Priority will not be given to any one applicant type. All individual artist, nonprofit organization, and for-profit applicants will be reviewed by the panel on each of their own application's merits.

Will I need a Fiscal Sponsor to apply for this grant opportunity?

No. Fiscal sponsors are not required for this grant opportunity. All individual artists, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies are eligible to apply directly.

I have a question that was not answered here. Who can I contact?

Please reach out to CNY Arts Regrants Program staff at grants@cnyarts.org with any and all questions regarding this grant opportunity.