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The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities

Grants to New York City Artists With Disabilities for
Financial Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

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Deadline Date:

06/15/21 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of $1,000 to New York City artists with disabilities for financial support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for artists in a range of genres, including visual, music, media, literary, and performing artists who have experienced financial hardship due to the health crisis.

Applicants need to have a sustained artistic practice. Applicants might be creating work under any of the following disciplines: Craft/Sculpture, Choreography/Dance, Design, Digital/Electronic Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Literary Arts, Music/Sound, Theater/Performance, Video/Film, and Visual Arts.

Artists will need to identify their disability by selecting a condition within one of the following categories:

  • Amputee/Limb Difference
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Chronic pain and/or chronic illness (including HIV/AIDS, cancer)
  • Cognitive/Learning
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual/Developmental
  • Invisible
  • Little Person/Dwarfism
  • Mental Health
  • Neurodivergent
  • Not Listed – Self Identify

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195677

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Applicants must identify as having a disability.
- Applicants need to be actively creating in visual, media, music, performing, or literary arts.
- Applicants need to provide documentation of a sustained commitment to their artistic practice from anytime in the past 4 years (2017, 2018, 2019 and/or 2020).
- Applicants must be 21 years or older on or before Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
- Applicants need to be current residents of New York City and have maintained residency since July 2020.
- Applicants can be past recipients of any of NYFA’s grant programs, including 2020/2021 COVID-19 Emergency Grants such as: Anonymous Was a Woman, Maurice Sendak Foundation Emergency Grant, Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts, or Keep NYS Creating.
- Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens but must be able to provide a W-9 with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or EIN (after selection).
- Applicants cannot be an NYFA employee or NYFA Board member or NYFA Advisory Committee member, or an immediate family member nor can they be an immediate family member of the Zydney Family.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a Live Chat via Zoom on Tuesday, May 18 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT to assist those who would prefer a live exchange. NYFA staff will be available during this time for one-on-one sessions. Reservations are strong encouraged—please register at

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Grant Launch: Wednesday, April 21
- Applications Open: Tuesday, May 4 at 10:00 AM EDT
- Applications Close: Tuesday, June 15 at 5:00 PM EDT
- Applicants Notified: Saturday, July 24

After reviewing for completeness and eligibility, qualifying applicants will be selected for funding via a lottery process.

The lottery system allows NYFA to give equal consideration to every qualifying application received during the application cycle. The random selection of the lottery system ensures that early submissions are not given undue advantage over those submitting materials towards the end of the cycle, and avoids any disparity among applicants of different geographic location, physical ability, or cultural background.

Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, June 1 to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

To request an accommodation or if you need assistance in applying online, please email or call 646.801.0632 on Mondays between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM EDT.

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