New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm:


Current Grantees: Final Report information is located at the bottom of this page.

FY19 GUIDELINES and DEADLINES will be announced Fall 2018.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The April 2018 deadline was the last deadine in calendar 2018. We anticipate that MAAF for organizations will return to a quarterly deadline in 2019.

The New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) provides funds to hire outside consultants to support organizational and professional development, as well as convening and conference attendance. Eligible organizations have missions specific to the media arts, and dedicate the majority of their programming to technology as an art form. Applications from multi-disciplinary organizations will be considered on a case-by- case basis, but are not a MAAF priority. Organizations may request funding support up to a maximum amount of $4,000 for:


enables organizations to hire consultants to work with organizations in the evaluation and assessment of programs and operations, and planning for sustainability and growth. Proposals must be directed to consultant fees or other professional fees addressing: research, assessment, and evaluation of current programs; research and planning for new initiatives; strategic planning for new operations and partnerships; board development, staff retreats, succession planning; or preservation planning.


builds knowledge and technical expertise of media arts organizational staff and Board members. Proposals must be directed to: staff training and education; Board training and education; seminars and workshops; or skill-share exchanges with other media arts facilities in New York State.


supports open lines of communication, information, consortium building and resource sharing among media arts organizations, including staff and sponsored artist attendance at New York State conferences. Organizations may apply for conducting one or two-day local, regional or State-wide convening on issues and topics relating to the media arts, and to facilitate targeted networking, focus groups and think tanks. Proposals may also be directed to attendance at festivals and conferences. Note that for conference attendance, $500 is the maximum award.


As we know, technology is an ever-evolving event that challenges our capacity to meet the benefits of its creative potential. And often, there is no greater benefit than learning from our peers. Media Match Ups encourage organizational staff to travel, site visit, see what others are doing, and how they are talking about it. The Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), a NYSCA EMF/Wave Farm Partnership provides organizations with up to $500 in funding to support travel expenses related to a professional visit to a peer media arts organization anywhere in New York State. This opportunity is available to NYS Media Arts Organizations and does not impact eligibility for additional support from MAAF in the same fiscal year. Click here to apply for Media Match Up support.


Eligible organizations have missions specific to the media arts, and dedicate the majority of their programming to technology as an art form. Applications from multi-disciplinary organizations will be considered on a case-by- case basis, but are not a MAAF priority.

Project-based or operational support for consultants such as grant writing, hands-on fundraising, website management, or other activities such as side-by-side staff support, which may be considered staff positions are not eligible.

For implementation projects, requests must be made in conjunction with a thorough planning process. Implementation requests are not a priority and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Wave Farm's Media Arts Grants program (MAG) to discuss any questions you may have about your proposal in this regard.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Wave Farm is now using Submittable for the MAAF application submission process. Applicants are strongly encourage to carefully and comprehensively read the information below before submitting an application. Please contact Wave Farm's Media Arts Grants program (MAG) with questions.



Are NYSCA grantees eligible?
Yes. Organizations who receive direct NYSCA support (as well as those who do not) are eligible to apply to the Media Arts Assistance Fund.
Are multi-disciplinary organizations eligible?
The Media Arts Assistance Fund supports organizations with a strong commitment to media arts programming. Priority is given to organizations whose primary activities are specific to media as an art form including time-based and moving image media, and emergent technology. Multi-disciplinary organizations are eligible to submit requests for support, but should do so only for organizational and professional development projects that specifically address their media arts programs.
Is there an operating budget component to eligibility?
No. Organizations of all sizes are eligible.
How many times a year can an organization apply for support?
Organizations are eligible for support in the Development categories, once each fiscal year. Requests for New York State conference attendance are exempt from this restriction. Past grantees are not eligible to reapply until their most recently funded project is complete and their Final Report is submitted.
Are allocations of staff salaries or overhead eligible for support?
No. MAAF support must be directed to outside consultant fees.
For convening requests, are catering costs eligible for support?
No. Catering, hospitality, and related supplies are not eligible for MAAF support.
Does MAAF support expenses related to travel outside of New York State?
No, it does not. Your budget at large can include out of state travel, but you must show other income in your budget that meets this expense.
Does MAAF support conference attendance outside of New York State?
No, it does not. MAAF conference support requests are considered only for conferences/festivals that take place in New York State.
If funded, what is the proper credit language I should use?
"This project is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant from the NYSCA Electronic Media and Film program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature."

Note: The NYSCA logo is NOT to be used by regrant recipients, in association with support from the Media Arts Assistance Fund.
Is there information available about Past Grantees?
Administered by Wave Farm since 2011, MAAF is pleased to have supported the following organizations: African Voices Communications, Inc., Alfred University, Allied Productions, Inc., American Documentary | POV, American Friends of Ludwig Foundation of, Anthology Film Archives, Art Mission and Theater, Art Radio International, Inc, Basilica Hudson, Brooklyn FilmShop Inc., Brooklyn Rail, Buffalo Media Resources, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Camera News Inc., Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc., Center for Holographic Arts, Center for New American Media, Inc., Chicken & Egg Pictures, Inc., Children's Media Project, Cinema Tropical Inc., Columbia County Council on the Arts, Complicated Inc., CultureHub, Inc., Dance Films Association, DanceWorks, Inc., Deep Dish TV, Dia Art Foundation, Downtown Community Television, DUMBO Arts Center, Electronic Arts Intermix, EMPAC, Experimental Television Center Ltd., Eyebeam, Film Forum, Film Makers Cooperative, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Games for Change, Global Action Project, Grand Street Community Arts, Harvestworks, Huyck Preserve, Independent Media Arts Preservation, Jacob Burns Film Center, Laboratory for Icon & Idiom, Light in Winter, Light Industry, Little Theatre Film Society, Maysles Institute, Media Alliance., Millenium Film Workshop, Mono No Aware, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, National Black Programming Consortium, National Museum of the American Indian, New American Cinema Group, Inc., New Community Cinema Club, Inc., New York Film/Video Council, New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film, New York Women in Film and Television, NY International Children's Film Fest, NY Lesbian and Gay Exp Film Fest, Outpost Artists Resources, Paper Tiger Television, Rhizome, Rivertown Film Society, Rome Capitol Theatre, Rooftop Films, Roulette Intermedium Inc., Sanctuary for Independent Media, Saratoga Film Forum, Signal Culture, Spark Media Project, Squeaky Wheel, Standby, The Art Effect, Third World Newsreel, Time and Space Limited, Tribeca Film Institute, UnionDocs, United Palace of Cultural Arts, Upstate Independents, WAMC, WNY Performance Center, Women Make Movies, and Youth FX Inc.


Once you have registered with Submittable, you will have access to the online submission form. Application questions include the following:

Organization Name
Sponsored Project?
Contact Name
Email Address
Postal Address
Phone Number
Organizational Discipline
Type of Project
Composition of Audience
Number of Artists Participating
Number of Youths Benefitting
Number of Individuals Benefitting
Application Category
Request Amount
Proposal Summary
Proposal Narrative
Staff and Attendees
Consultants or Training Organization
Supporting Documents


Questions regarding your application should be directed to Wave Farm's Media Arts Grants program (MAG) Please note that we will respond in as timely a fashion as possible prior to the deadline, however we recommend that you submit all questions well in advance of the application deadline.


Final Reports are due no later than 60 days following the project end-date noted in your signed agreement. Organizations who fail to submit their Final Report on time are ineligible for further support.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Wave Farm is now using Submittable for the MAAF submission process, including Final Reporting.




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