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Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund

Syracuse Arts and Culture Recovery Program


Mayor Ben Walsh previously announced the City of Syracuse’s American Rescue Plan Act to help with the city’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. Part of that program allocated funding for the arts and culture sector, one of the hardest hit from the effects of the pandemic. The City of Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund was created as  a new opportunity for arts and cultural producers in Syracuse to help the city’s arts and culture sector recover and rebuild from COVID-19 losses while improving the quality of life for city residents and visitors. CNY Arts is administering the $1.25 million grant program.

The Arts & Culture Recovery Fund helps artists residing in, and nonprofits and businesses located in the City of Syracuse to provide arts, culture, history, and heritage events and education in disciplines including architecture, dance, design, music, theater, media, museum, visual arts, and folk art, among others. The sector has provided almost 6,000 jobs. However, in 2020, the industry lost 2,800 full-time equivalent jobs with significant losses experienced by the many businesses that depend on an active arts and cultural sector. The goal of the grants program is economic recovery for both the arts and the City of Syracuse.

Grants have already begun to be awarded to Syracuse businesses & nonprofit agencies. The next round of applications will focus on  individual artists, sole proprietors, teaching artists and also include partnerships between eligible arts professionals with schools, community centers and business & nonprofit agencies. All applicants must demonstrate a track record of artistic or cultural programming or services prior to the onset of the pandemic. 

Sincere thanks to Mayor Walsh and the Common Council for creating this program and for their tremendous support of Syracuse’s resilient and engaged arts & culture community!


If you are a Syracuse Resident artist, teaching artist or sole proprietor, or are an arts, culture or heritage business or not for profit in a partnership with an eligible resident artist, teaching artist or sole proprietor located in the City of Syracuse.  

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