Who is eligible
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What types of organizations are eligible to apply for grant support from New York State Council on the Arts?
The New York State Council on the Arts awards grants to nonprofit organizations either incorporated in or registered to do business in New York State, Indian tribes in New York State, and units of government in municipalities in New York State. An organization must have its principal place of business located in New York serving the State’s constituents.Individuals and unincorporated groups may not apply, but an eligible nonprofit organization, known as a fiscal sponsor, may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group. Please see the definition of fiscal sponsor in the glossary for more information.
What are the eligibility requirements for applicants?
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of their application for funding from the Council as well as during the grant award contracting and payment process. Organizations may be required to provide proof of compliance related to eligibility requirements at any point in the grant application and review process and the grant award contract and payment process.
1. Nonprofit Incorporation Status
2. Federal Employee Identification (FEI) Number
3. NY State Charities Registration Number
Some educational and religious organizations may be exempt from this requirement. The Council cannot authorize payments to an organization without a Charities Registration number unless the organization is exempt from the registration requirement. Applicant organizations unsure of their Charities Registration status should consult legal counsel or the Charities Registration Bureau.
If an applicant organization’s Charities Registration is not in good standing, the applicant will be notified by e-mail at the address provided in the Organizational Info Form portion of the application. If the applicant cannot resolve the issue(s) within 14 calendar days after the date of the e-mail, the organization will become ineligible for an award from the Council and will remain ineligible until such time as the registration is in good standing.
4. NY State Department of Taxation and Finance
6. Final Reports
Organizations with Public University Affiliations
The Council is prohibited from funding public colleges and universities. Applicants with close public college or university affiliations will be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility. Applicants must demonstrate a purpose that is broader than the exclusive support of a public college or university or any component, and whether the applicant supports an institution related to, but is not a full component of, a public college or university. Please download and complete this form to help determine eligibility. Such applicants are strongly advised to contact Council staff well in advance of the registration deadline to determine their eligibility.
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