Eligibility Guidelines

Applicant Eligibility

Please note that applicant eligibility can vary slightly from program to program.

Eligible Applicants

  • Must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place
  • Nonprofit organizations, NYS incorporated nonprofits, agencies of local government (not New York State agencies)
  • Individual artists, groups or collectives, unincorporated entities must have a fiscal sponsor or community partner (see specific program guidelines)
  • Private Colleges/Universities
  • Must be over the age of 18

Ineligible Applicants

  • Public or private schools districts, State universities
  • Departments or agencies of New York State (this includes BOCES)
  • Applicants with outstanding final reports from prior year CNY Arts grants
  • Applicants living outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations or Individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2017 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC.

Eligible Expenses

Remember this is a project support grant program, all expenses should be related to supporting a specific project

  • Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
  • Marketing/publicity costs
  • Direct administrative expenses related to the proposed project
  • Expendable project –related supplies and materials
  • Project-related travel expenses (no out-of-state travel)
  • Project-related rental of space and equipment
  • Project-related technical fees

Ineligible Expenses

Funding will not be provided for the items listed below. By including ineligible expenses in your budget or narrative, you may disqualify your entire application from being considered. If you have questions about expenses, just ask!

  • General operating expenses
  • Operating expenses of privately owned facilities
  • Permanent equipment or capital improvements
  • Cash prizes, juried shows, scholarships, fellowships, awards to students
  • Activities restricted to the general public such as camps or clubs
  • Events that take place in private homes or studios
  • Entertainment costs including food/drink
  • Receptions/parties
  • Fundraisers (or a program donating funds to another organization)
  • Creation of textbooks or classroom materials
  • Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee)
  • Regrants by applicants to fund other activities
  • Out-of-county activity or travel
  • Activities that are non-arts related including balloons, clowns, magic
  • Projects that are recreational, therapeutic, or rehabilitative in nature
  • At-risk social service programs when the focus is primarily for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes
  • Acquisition of works of art, art restoration, or art preservation
  • Contingency funds
  • Lobbying expenses

If you have an expense that does not fit into one of these categories, you are encouraged to contact the CNY Arts Grants Manager, Liz Lane.