CNY Arts is seeking funding applications after it was awarded $1.1 million by the city of Syracuse in federal stimulus money.

Applications for the organization’s final round of funding are due Oct. 10. Some of the money has already been distributed to 29 organizations and individual artists, including:

  • Breadcrumbs Productions
  • Community Folk Art Center
  • The Gear Factor
  • Syracuse International Film Festival
  • Ellen Blalock
  • Jaleel Campbell

The goal of the fund was to help artists and organizations offset financial losses during the pandemic. The funding can be used for programs in the fall of 2022 and into 2023.

So far, the fund has helped Breadcrumbs Productions organize its inaugural SALTLAND Theatre Festival in May 2023 and helped Wacheva Cultural Arts organize education programs in African dance and drumming instruction.

Applicants have to be permanent residents of Syracuse or provide a permanent business address within the city.

Artists can apply twice — in partnership with a nonprofit, teaching artists, folk artists and sole proprietors — for up to $10,000 in each request (a total of $20,000). Individual applicants are subject to state and federal taxes for awards greater than $600.

Non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations can request up to $100,000.

More information can be found here.

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