FY20 SU-CASA Application

The FY20 application deadline was 11:59pm, Monday, October 28, 2019. The application is now closed.

SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program, funded in FY20 by the New York City Council, provides grants to artists and organizations for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Teaching artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, which will also include a public program component – an exhibit, reading, performance, open house or other cultural interaction open to the surrounding community. The program will support a total 255 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City's 51 Council districts. Residencies will take place between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Individual artists are eligible to participate in partnership with the five local arts councils; any individual artist interested in participating should contact the arts council in the borough where they would like to work.

Organizations that have submitted an eligible application to the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) for FY20 and members of the Cultural Institutions Group are eligible to apply through DCLA. Residency grants are $15,000 each, inclusive of a $2,000 stipend to be paid by the grantee to the partner senior center. In FY20, applicant organizations will submit a proposal to DCLA, which will be vetted by the agency. Vetted proposals will be forwarded to council members, who will match organizations with designated centers in their districts. Organizations may select up to ten council districts in which to be considered.

To begin, download the Guidelines/Instructions and Application form below. Adobe Acrobat is required to view and complete the application.

We recommend using Adobe Reader version 11 to fill out the proposal form, though it is also compatible with version 10. The form is not compatible with Preview (for Macs) or other computer programs. Please check all fields carefully and confirm that your answers are saved to the document prior to submission.


Use the links below to find information about submitting an individual artist application to one of the five local arts councils. Individual artists may not submit proposals on behalf of organizations eligible through DCLA.

Bronx Council on the Arts
Brooklyn Arts Council
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Queens Council on the Arts
Staten Island Arts

SU-CASA Information Session

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

31 Chambers Street, Room 209

Tuesday, October 15

4:00pm - 5:00pm

RSVP required, register online