With work drying up and layoffs sweeping the architecture profession, now may be an ideal time to pursue long-delayed personal projects. To help architects and designers take stock of available funding, the Architectural League of New York recently hosted a public forum where arts and cultural organizations presented various grant and fellowship opportunities to a standing-room-only crowd. Below is a summary of the programs that were discussed.
The New York State Council on the Arts [nysca.org] offers grants of up to $10,000 to architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists and academics for a wide variety of projects that “advance the field and contribute to the public’s understanding of the designed environment.” The program, which falls under the council’s Architecture, Planning and Design Program: Independent Projects Category, is only open to New York State residents, and applications must be submitted through a nonprofit sponsoring agency (such as the Architectural League). The next application deadline is March 2.