NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant
NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant

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 from 1/1/2020 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: 

We can't wait to see the creative projects you come up with!


About The New York State Council on the Arts  
The New York State Council on the Arts champions community and creativity by preserving and advancing numerous aspects of the cultural heritage that makes New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit.

NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through its core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $51M in FY2019 to 2,400 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs, the Regional Economic Development Council initiative and the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA further advances New York's creative culture by hosting convenings with leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.

Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960, and continued and expanded to the present day with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the New York State Government. For more information on NYSCA, please visit:

About GHHN (Greater Hudson Heritage Network)
GHHN is the statewide 'go-to' service organization for responsive assistance, interpretation and collections care. Our program services are local, professional and statewide. GHHN offers grants, workshops, webinars, consultations, technical assistance, a resource network and professional development opportunities to advance the work of historical societies, historic house museums, heritage centers, historic sites, archives and libraries. To learn more about our work, please visit

The Creativity Incubator Grant Program, a NYSCA/GHHN Partnership Program, is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

*Priority means that at least four of the seven awards will go to institutions that have participated in one of the seven sessions. If a Creativity Incubator session participant has changed jobs since then, both the current and former museum are considered priorities.