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Creativity Incubator Grant Program

February 03, 2020 9:42 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant Program provides NYS 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. 

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.

Priority* will be given to participants from one of the seven Creativity Incubator sessions, held from 2017-2019. 

The project may only occur between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.


Applications will be accepted online until 2/15/2020. 

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 (contact information, EIN number, operating budget, etc.) and accept that the amount awarded is $5,000.

You will need to answer the following questions:

1. What problem are you trying to solve? 

(Hint: this should be able to be explained in one or two sentences).

2. What do you plan to do?

3. What questions do you want to explore?

4. How is your approach creative and different? Has anyone tried it before?

5. Do you face any challenges in being creative?

6. Who will work on this and what is their background?

Remember, if you are submitting a video application, your 4-minute video must answer all the questions above however you choose to visualize it.

For the guidelines and more information, please visit: 


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