Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reminder! Technical Assistance Proposals due April 1

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2015 NYSCA State and Local Partnerships 
Technical Assistance Program

Due April 1

Just a quick reminder, applications are due April 1, 2015 by 5:00 PM. If you have questions or thoughts, feel free to contact us! 
The NYSCA division of State and Local Partnerships is pleased to once again announce the availability of funding for technical assistance to its constituent organizations. Funds will be provided through a competitive peer panel process administered by CNY Arts.

Funds are available for professional services targeted to specific organizational challenges and opportunities, with the potential to significantly advance the mission of SLP constituent organizations. All organizations currently supported by SLP are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to organizations that administer Decentralization funds, organizations located outside the New York City metropolitan area, and to organizations that have not received technical assistance support in the last two years. Funds are not available for attendance at professional conferences and seminars.

A request for technical assistance might include any of the following, although your proposal is not limited to these examples: 
  • System Development: consultant fees for developing or upgrading websites; on-line forms; social media presence; financial management systems; fundraising management systems; audience database or ticketing systems; etc. 
  • Strategic Initiatives: consultant fees related to community cultural planning, or specific initiatives in audience development; fundraising; marketing; public relations; board development; etc.
Equipment and capital purchases are not eligible. Consultancy fees for persons already on your staff are not eligible. Travel and fees for attending conferences and workshops are not eligible.


Generally, grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 per organization. Given that funds are limited, grants may be awarded for less than the amount requested.


Please submit requests as a single .pdf attachment transmitted with the subject line "2015 Technical Assistance Request".

Applications should include:
  •  A letter signed by the CEO or an officer of the board indicating the area(s) in which the group is seeking assistance
  • A brief narrative outlining the specific technical assistance service requested and its expected impact on the organization
  • A timeline for completion of the project, please include any short- and long-term goals and estimated dates for completion
  • A project budget that includes all income, expenses, and the amount requested 
  • Resume(s) of any proposed consultant(s)
 Requests must be received by April 1, 2015 by 5:00 PM


Recipients will be notified and payments disbursed in mid/late June 2015. A copy of the consultant's report or other evidence of completed service must be submitted at the conclusion of the technical assistance engagement.

In developing your proposal, feel free to telephone or e-mail CNY Arts Grants Coordinator, Elizabeth Lane at (315) 435-2158 or


Funds are limited, and applications will be judged competitively on the basis of: 
  • Importance of the requested technical assistance to the organization, its mission, and/or service area
  • Appropriateness and qualification of the proposed technical assistance provider
  • Readiness of the applicant organization to benefit from the requested service
  • Commitment of other organizational funds and/or resources to the project

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