The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York citizens.


NYSCA awarded $41M for FY2018 to support artistic excellence and public service

Awarded 1,110 direct grants and 1,300 regrants to arts organizations, reaching 62 counties.

Maintains 15 programs supporting visual, literary performing and media arts, arts education and individual artists

Find out what organizations in your county are supported by NYSCA.

General Operating Support

NYSCA’s is the single most important source of General Operating Support (GOS) for arts organizations throughout the state.  At a time when funders increasingly seek to support particular projects and other sectors—health, youth services, crime prevention, economic development, education—seek to partner with arts groups, NYSCA’s GOS is more important than ever. It is the support that enables arts groups keep their doors open.


When New York State legislators established NYSCA, they had the foresight to develop a mechanism — the Decentralization Program — ensuring that public funds for the arts reach all areas of the state.  With a state as large and diverse as New York, community needs and interest vary greatly. Decentralization grants foster the development of local artists and cultural groups that are responsive to community needs. NYSCA partners with a network of arts agencies in each of the 62 counties—many of which participate in Arts NYS — to distribute grants through a competitive process that is grounded in local decision-making.