NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant Program
The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant will provide New York State museums with financial support (up to $5,000 each) to experiment with and/or implement ideas inspired by the spirit of the Creativity Incubator workshops, held from 2017-2019.
The buttons below will grant access to the application portals beginning on January 1, 2020.
January 1, 2020 at
February 15, 2020 at
GHHN Executive Director
Arts Program Director,
Architecture + Design │Museums
If you have technical questions specifically regarding the application portal, please contact Kerry Sclafani, GHHN Program Director
For the past three years the “Creativity Incubator,” a partnership between the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Museum Program, has offered “creativity labs” in seven different museums across New York State. With the goal of encouraging museums to think more imaginatively about the interpretation of their collections and to explore new ways to engage with contemporary audiences, these labs were an opportunity to brainstorm ideas using an actual collection or space. Based on feedback from those participants, GHHN and NYSCA are now offering funding to help empower museums to make change. This could involve testing out ideas, partnering with other Creativity Incubator participants to explore new approaches, or for those who are ready – to implement.
We anticipate funding at least seven grants at a maximum of $5,000 each in multiple regions of New York State. No match is required.
Program application portal opens January 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM and closes on February 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
How to Apply: Written Narrative or Video
There are two ways to apply for the Creativity Incubator grant – through a written narrative or a maximum 4-minute video. You may select either method – there is no benefit to selecting one over the other. Regardless of the method you choose, you will need to answer all the application questions. Both methods also require you to fill out the organization questionnaire and accept that the amount awarded is $5000. For more information on the application requirements, please click on the 'Guidelines' button at left.
Panel Review Process
Applications will be reviewed for eligibility. All eligible requests will be considered for funding.
A Panel comprised of GHHN and NYSCA staff, and a “Museum Maverick” from the Creativity Incubator sessions will review the submissions. Applicants will be rated on their creative approaches and responses to application questions. Those with the highest ratings will be awarded grants.
Schedule of Completion
Award recipients will be announced approximately two weeks after the application deadline date. Funded work must be completed by December 31, 2020. If you do not expend the funds by this date, you will be obligated to return them. Should there be an unanticipated change in your projected timeline of activities, you MUST contact GHHN before proceeding.
Important Note: Applicants who are awarded this grant will be required to accept the grant award by providing a signed letter from both the organization’s Executive Director and Board President confirming their approval and willingness for the organization to participate in this grant program.
Our application process is paperless. Access to the submission portal will open on January 1, 2020 and will remain open until 11:59 pm on February 15, 2020. All information must be submitted by that deadline. You may fill out your application at any point during that date range.
To begin your application, you must create a FREE Submittable account. You will fill out a form with your name, email address and a password. If you already have a Submittable account (from other grant programs), you should use that username and password to log in. You will need to be logged in to complete and submit your application. Once you have logged in, you will be able to access the application.
The application will be filled out in fields in the portal and we highly recommend that you compose your answers offline and copy/paste them into the online form so that you have your work backed up if there is a technical issue. Please note, questions with fillable fields will not accept formatting such as bulleted lists or boldface or italics.
Click on the 'Guidelines' button at left for a more detailed description of each part of the application. Your application process will move along more smoothly if you have all the required information and files ready before you begin
Please note: All of our available grant opportunities (and their final reports) will be listed as options once you are in the portal. Please take care to select the correct grant application.