The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) recognizes that performing arts organizations and the artists that work with them have been especially impacted by COVID-19. Restart NY Regrants are offered as part of NYSCA’s Recovery Fund Initiative meant to help support New York’s return to live performance and in-person events. These grants are designed to support live performance projects, as well as projects that feature a public program or presentation and are distributed by the Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) sites (formerly known as DEC sites). The RESTART NY REGRANT FUNDS are administered by Arts Services Inc. (ASI) in Erie and Niagara counties and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). 

These grants are awarded for in-person performances and events occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 in Erie and Niagara counties.


This funding opportunity will focus on reviving in-person performance on a local level through regrant support provided to current Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) partners, formerly known as DEC or Decentralization sites.

In-person performing arts events and activities will take priority for this fund. Performing arts activities include – but are not limited to – music, dance, and theatre. If funding is still available once all qualified performing arts proposals have been funded, other in-person public arts-based activities and events will be considered for funding.

These grants are awarded for in-person public performances and events occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 in Erie and Niagara counties.

Requests between the amounts of $500 and $5,000 can be submitted. Due to the limited amount of funding available, we will only accept one proposal per applicant.


Applications Open August 30, 2021
Information Sessions September 2021
Final Application Due September 30, 2021
Funding Announcements Late October 2021
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Proposed performances and events cannot have been financially supported by any other government grant, including DEC, NYSCA, or NEA support.

At least 60% of the award is restricted to compensation for artistic/creative professionals.

Guidelines and Eligibility
Pautas y Elegibilidad


Information session will focus on the Restart NY Regrant guidelines and application, and touch upon the 2022 SCR grants. Presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a 60-minute work session for anyone who wants assistance with or to ask specific questions about their application.

As this is a new relief fund, information sessions are strongly encouraged for all applicants.

Some of the sessions will be presented virtually and others in person. Please review the details for each session below to make sure you know how and where the session will be hosted before registering. If you are not available on these dates and times and would like to learn more about this grant opportunity, you can contact Holly to set up a one-on-one consultation.

Todas las sesiones informativas serán presentadas en inglés. Por favor avise con anticipación si necesita un traductor.

If you lack access to internet or the technology required to attend a virtual session or to complete your online application, contact Holly Grant at 716-833-3004 x512 or [email protected] to schedule a work session. ASI’s office does have wifi and a limited number of laptops available to use on site.

All applications must be completed through our online grant portal. If you have applied for a grant through ASI in the past, please do not create a new account in the grants portal. If you’ve forgotten your login information or need access to past applications, please email Holly Grant at [email protected] If you require assistance or access to a computer or internet to complete your application, please contact Holly at 716-833-3004 x512 or [email protected] to set up an appointment.

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