NYSCA Encore Grant
The Encore Grant is for individual artists and nonprofit organizations that present programming of artistic and cultural signifigance in any artistic/cultural discipline, including crafts and folk arts, will be considered. Applicants must have a 501 (c) 3 or conduit. These grants are not for fellowships, subsidies, or entitlements. Projects must be open to the public and take place on Staten Island during the year 2016. Requests range from $500 – $5000.
Preference will be given to underserved disciplines.
Underserved disciplines for 2017: Photography, Dance, and the Humanities
Definition of Humanities: The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Humans have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record the world. Since the nineteenth century the humanities have generally been defined as the disciplines that investigate the expressions of the human mind. Such expressions include language, music, art, literature, theatre, and poetry. Thus, philology, linguistics, musicology, art history, literary studies, and theatre studies all belong to the realm of the humanities.
The grant is funded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
What is not eligible:
a) organizations seeking funds directly from NYSCA in the 2016 fiscal year regardless of their application’s status
b) organizations with operating income budgets over $300,000 for two of the last three fiscal years
c) programs that are essentially religious, recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic
d) universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools and districts, school affiliates or components, in-school activities or programs/activities that exclusively serve a student audience with no public component
e) past grant recipients who have not filed their final reports
f) programs serving only the applicant organization’s members
g) operating expenses of privately-owned facilities
h) deficit budgets, capital improvements, equipment purchases, fundraising events, scholarships, juror fees, prizes, lobbying expenses, entertainment, reception or food expenses
i) applicants or conduits who cannot present a valid tax-exempt Federal ID number.
REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CONDUIT
– Applicant resume, and resumes of any artistic personnel involved in the grant project
– Letter of commitment from all primary personnel working on the project with you, specifying services and fees
– Budget: SIArts_Grant_Project Budget
– Venue letter of agreement/interest
– Proof of SI Residency
– Letter of support/recommendation
– Financial statement from CONDUITS most recently completed fiscal year: audited financial statement, treasurer’s report, or applicant’s most recent IRS Form 990
– CONDUITS Board of directors list with affiliations
– Proof of CONDUITS non-profit status: (must provide one of the following)
1) NYS Not-for-Profit Charter from Board of Regents under Section 216 of the Education Law
2) NYS Charities Registration (Article 7A), with the organization’s registration number
3) Certificate of incorporation under S.402 of the NYS Not-for-Profit Law
REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:
– All of the above EXCEPT Proof of Staten Island residency
Grant Applications will become available on September 6, 2016.
The deadline for submission will be November 4, 2016.
Work Sample: 30% = Does it show that the artist/organization can successfully create the project they propose from the work shown in the sample? Is the quality of the work sample sufficient? Does it have artistic merit/cultural significance?
Community Outreach (Public Component): 20% = How will their project be available to the public? Is it accessible to everyone? Which communities does it serve? Projects which address communities or artistic disciplines which are underserved will receive foremost attention.
Narrative: 20% = Is their project description, artist statement, and artist bio clear (does the narrative leave you asking a lot of questions)? Does it show that the applicant has experience creating this kind of work, or that they can successfully do what they propose? Take into consideration their past work. Does the project have meaning, and does it have a positive impact on the community?
Budget: 30% = Are their numbers realistic? Money can never be used for food/refreshments/purchasing equipment. Do they have a realistic artist fee, materials fee, etc? Artist fees, marketing and publicity expenses, direct administrative expenses, supplies and materials expenses are given priority.