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NYSCA FY2018 Guidelines will be posted January, 2017

The deadline for FY2018 NYSCA funding will be March 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM.


Below are basic instructions to apply for new grants from NYSCA.

Step 1: Register each new request on the NYSCA website

Applicants for new support must register all requests on the NYSCA website. To successfully register a request, organizations must, in this order:

  • Complete the Organization Information
  • Complete the Organization Budget
  • Complete the Registration Form

After completing these three sections, the NYSCA website will generate a unique ‘Project ID’ for each successfully registered request. Applicants are required to include this ‘Project ID’ as part of each Grants Gateway application.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to register a request on the NYSCA website.

Step 2: Complete NYSCA’s application in the Grants Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal.

All applicants for new support must also complete an application on the Grants Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal for each request.

  • Complete the Project / Site Address
  • Answer all Program Specific Questions
  • Complete an Expenditure Budget
  • Complete a Work Plan
  • Upload Support Materials
Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to submit a Grants Gateway application.

In order for applications to be considered for funding:

  • Both application steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the application deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever.
  • Applicants must be prequalified in Grants Gateway by the application deadline. Units of local government and Indian Tribes are exempt from the prequalification requirement.
  • Applicants must have no outstanding, overdue NYSCA final reports.
Click here for an application checklist to ensure you have completed the application process.

All successfully submitted applications will be reviewed and evaluated by NYSCA staff, advisory panels and Council. All new NYSCA contracts will be issued on or around January 1st and will have a January - December contract term. This is the period in which the funded activity must occur. Please plan accordingly.

Training and Application Resources:

NYSCA will offer webinars and training sessions about NYSCA’s online application process. Once available, a schedule of webinars and training sessions and other application resources will be available on NYSCA’s homepage.

We strongly urge all applicants to:

  • Carefully review Program Guidelines
  • Participate in the webinars and/or trainings
  • Review the application resources
  • Contact NYSCA Program Staff with questions about the guidelines or proposed projects before NYSCA’s Grants Gateway application opens.

Once the Grants Gateway application opens, to ensure the fairness of the NYSCA application process for all NYSCA applicants and in compliance with New York State procurement guidelines, Program Staff will not be able to discuss or review application contents or answer substantive questions about proposed projects or program guidelines.


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