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  Grant Award Notice

All applicants are notified by e-mail of the Council's funding decision within 30 days of the Council’s decision. This notification is sent to the e-mail address of the person designated as the contact on the Organization Profile.

It is essential that the applicant Organization Information Profile specifies the correct name and e-mail of the person designated to receive official communication from the Council. This information can be updated and checked at any time.

Cultural Services Contract

Grantees receive a Cultural Services Contract that details one or more grants awarded to the organization. The Cultural Services Contract is a binding legal agreement that requires the grantee to carry out certain activities or provide services, paid for, in part, with funding received from the Council.

Noncompliance with the terms of the Cultural Services Contract may require the return of funds to the state, and may affect eligibility for future requests for Council support.

Crediting the New York State Council on the Arts

Grantees are required to acknowledge funding from New York State. It is essential that the public is informed that public funds are used to support arts programs and services available to New York State residents, students and visitors. Therefore it is stipulated in the Cultural Services Contract that grantees must credit the Council in press releases, advertisements, programs, and other materials offered to the public. Failure to comply with crediting requirements may jeopardize future funding from the Council.

The required crediting language is:

"New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature."

For organizations receiving General Support, acknowledgement of Council support is required for all public programs and services occurring within New York State. If the grant funded projects or services the acknowledgement of Council support is required on all materials related to the specific funded activities.

Any questions about proper acknowledgement of Council support may be directed to the Help Desk.

The Council on the Arts Logo

For organizations wishing to incorporate the Council’s logo in their print or online materials, the logo is available in Green, Black and White. Each zip folder contains .EPS, .TIFF and .PNG format of the logo. Black and green logos are also provided in .PDF and .JPG formats. The logo may not be substituted for the required crediting language but may be used in addition to the required language.".

Contract Reporting

All grantee organizations that are awarded a contract in an amount of $50,000 or more in a single year or $50,000 or more in the aggregate for a multi-year contract, must submit both an Interim Report and Final Report to NYSCA.  Both such reports are comprised of two components – a narrative section that must address the work plan, tasks and performance objectives outlined in the original application, and an expenditure reports that must offer details on how the NYSCA grant money has been spent to date.  The expenditure report should be a line-item budget and should be accompanied by receipts, invoices and other documentation that demonstrates that the work has been performed or is scheduled to be performed or is underway and funds are committed to the project. 

The Interim Report is due after the start of the contract term.  The exact due date will be included in your contract. Upon submission, the Program Director and Senior Auditor will review the Report.  If satisfactory, your second claim installment payment voucher will be released.  A Final Report is due within 60 days after the end of your contract term.  Once again, the Final Report should be comprised of both a narrative report of the work performed throughout the contract period as well as an expenditure budget.

Grantees awarded less than $50,000 either in a single year or in the aggregate, are required to submit only a Final Report – comprised of both a detailed narrative portion and an expenditure report – within 60 days after the end of the contract term.  The Final Report must be received by the required deadline, should demonstrate compliance with the terms of the Cultural Services Contract, and must be approved by both the Program Director and the Senior Auditor.

NOTE: An organization is not eligible to register for new or ongoing (multi-year) funding nor to be issued new Cultural Services Contract(s) if the above required Reports are not submitted or if the Reports submitted are incomplete or if they are disapproved by staff.

Applicant statement

In order to ensure fairness in the application review process, applicants are strictly prohibited from contacting Panelists associated with and/or involved in the activities or affairs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in any way to obtain or share information regarding the NYSCA application review process. This includes all activity associated with NYSCA at its main office, including panel discussions, and all communication with NYSCA staff including, but not limited to exchanges via email, telephone, or online system.

All data, materials, knowledge and information generated through, originating from, or having to do with NYSCA or persons associated with our activities, including contractors, is to be considered privileged and confidential and is not to be disclosed to any third party. This also includes, but is not limited to, any information of, or relating to, panel discussion, applications, and funding recommendations.

All inquiries about panel results and proceedings must be communicated to the NYSCA staff directly.


Did you know that NYSCA grantees can receive their grant payment via Direct Deposit? To learn more, visit the Office of the State Comptroller online at www.osc.state.ny.us.

  2004 New York State Council on the Arts.