2018 New York State Council on the Arts Grants Sponsorship

2018 New York State Council on the Arts Grants Sponsorship

The League is no longer accepting applications for sponsorship. Please email leslie@archleague.org with questions. 

The Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts awards project grants for professionals in the architecture, design, and historic preservation fields through its Independent Projects Category. Individuals must apply through a nonprofit sponsor. The Architectural League welcomes anyone interested to apply through the League. The League will sponsor up to 25 individuals based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for architects, landscape architects, designers, historic preservationists, and scholars to realize specific projects that advance the field and contribute to the public’s understanding of the designed environment. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology which impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses. The grant may support a discrete phase or part of a larger project.

Only New York State residents are eligible to apply and must provide two documents of proof from a preapproved list. The individual (or team) must be professionals in their related architecture, design and/or historic preservation field. Architectural and design historians qualify. Visual artists whose work references the built environment are not eligible for support. The project must emphasize design and reflect one (or more) of the fields supported in the category: architecture, landscape architecture, graphic, fashion, industrial, and interior design. This grant cannot support past work or current client work. Awarded funds must be spent during calendar year 2018.

Projects being done by students in pursuit of an academic degree or by faculty as part of a course curriculum will not be funded. NYSCA funds cannot be used for out-of-state travel expenses. Individuals may be associated with only one project per year. Applicants may only submit a project through a nonprofit sponsoring organization. Please review the NYSCA website here for full eligibility information.

Submission Deadline & How to Apply
Please note that the League has internal deadlines different than the deadline stated on the NYSCA website. This is to allow us time to process, review, and upload your applications. Thank you for observing the League’s deadlines.

We strongly encourage you to read all information on the NYSCA website, including the program guidelines and eligibility.

A webinar containing helpful information on the guidelines and how to structure your project and application may be viewed here.

Additional FAQs can be found here.

The Architectural League is unable to provide editorial or curatorial consultation on your project. We are happy to discuss eligibility or technical questions on how to apply and what sorts of projects are appropriate to this opportunity. If you have any questions on the grant opportunity or how to frame your project, please contact Nick Anderson, Development Director, at 212.753.1722 x14 or at anderson@archleague.org

To be sponsored by the League, email these three things:

  • Name of applicant(s)
  • Project title (40 characters or less)
  • Project abstract (300 characters or less)

to Frances Leslie, leslie@archleague.org, starting at 12:00 p.m.February 6, 2017.

The League will sponsor projects based on a first-come, first-served basis if they meet the requirements and spirit of the grant program. The League reserves the right to not sponsor any project that does not meet eligibility requirements. The League additionally reserves the right to withdraw sponsorship of any applicant if he or she fails to meet the deadlines and requirements below.

Those invited to submit full applications will need to submit their material by 4:00 p.m.March 8, 2017. Applicants will be given full details and instructions on how to submit material upon sponsorship confirmation in early February. Major application requirements include (but are not limited to):


  • Completed answers to the Independent Project Questions, downloadable here.
  • Résumé or biographical statement for each applicant. You do not need to include résumés for general team members or non-essential collaborators. If you have a collaborator or consultant who will make crucial contributions for the success of the project, please include a resume for him or her.
  • Up to 15 images (or a website reference) that represent recent work and your proposed project. All images must be identified with brief captions. High resolution images are not necessary. Composite images are acceptable, but please do so sparingly. Your images should show work and experience relevant to your project. Please do not submit full portfolios.
  • For projects intended for installation in public spaces ONLY: please provide documented permission to use the site.
  • For projects involving a publication ONLY: please provide an outline and up to 5 pages of sample text.


  • You must provide two different documents from each applicant. Feel free to redact any personal information (except name and address) from these documents. The addresses on the two documents must be identical. All documentation must be valid and current through the end of the grant cycle (December 31, 2018). Please click here to view complete eligibility criteria, including types of acceptable documentation.
  • List project expenses up to $10,000; an additional $750 administrative fee for sponsorship will be added to the budget. The maximum request for the grant is $10,750. If your project has a bigger budget, please clearly indicate the expenses to be paid by the NYSCA grant funds and clearly indicate the sources of additional funding. Grant funds can be used to support an individual’s time for research or production.

Additional Information
For further information about this funding opportunity, see the Architecture + Design Program’s Independent Projects Category on the New York State Council on the Arts’ website. Documentation of the range of funded projects since the program’s inception over 25 years ago, many of which were sponsored by The Architectural League, are available online. Features on some past League-sponsored Independent Projects grantees are available on the League’s website.

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