Help Make Your Events More Accessible
to People Who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf

Theatre Development Fund’s (TDF) TAP Plus program, in partnership with the
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor
Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, makes available grants of
up to $5,000 for open captioning services in order to increase attendance by
people who are hard of hearing or deaf at cultural events that are open to the
public in New York State. TAP Plus strongly encourages applications from all
regions of the state.

Information on open captioning and a service fee guide are available
on our website at www.tdf.org/tap. TDF also can assist in planning an
accessible project for people with hearing disabilities.

TAP Plus is an extension of TDF’s award-winning TDF Accessibility Programs
(TAP) which offer services for theatregoers with physical disabilities, as well as
individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental/cognitive
disabilities. TAP is beginning its 22nd season of open
captioned performances of Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre.

GRANT GUIDELINES & APPLICATION INFORMATION
NYSCA/TDF TAP PLUS 2019
Only organizations funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in Fiscal Year 2018
are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to new applicants and to proposals that initiate services
rather than to established services.

Organizations may apply for:
• cost of captioning service fees for one or more events.
• rental of captioning equipment
• purchase of captioning equipment
• marketing captioning events
• travel expenses of the caption operator

Organizations may not apply for:
• ticket subsidy
• administrative staff time compensation

The maximum request amount is $5,000.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Monday, March 25, 2019.
Events must be open to the public and take place between January 1, 2019 and December 31,
2019 in New York State.
The application deadline is Friday, January 21, 2019.
PROCESS AND CRITERIA
A panel composed of people who belong to the arts constituency and who are hard of hearing or deaf will rate the applications. The criteria are:
• Extent of outreach in terms of reaching the potential audience
• Quality of marketing plan
• Evidence of community support
• Potential for the project to increase public awareness of access for people with hearing loss

EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS FUNDED
• Theatre seeking captioning for a performance or performances
• Museum providing captioning for a lecture, film or video presentation
• Literary organization offering captioning for a lecture or reading
• Outdoor festival utilizing captioning for an arts demonstration
• Television station providing captioning for public broadcasting

INTERPRETING (Sign Language) ALTERNATIVE
In certain situations, Deaf Culture individuals who rely on sign language as their primary means of communication
might be unable to utilize captioning. For example, schoolchildren may be fluent in sign language but are still developing reading skills. If your event falls into this category, you may apply for cost of interpreting services instead. Your application should articulate this request as a need, not a preference.

FINAL REPORTS should detail the actual income and expenses and the number of attendees with hearing disabilities. A copy of the event program and any relevant marketing material should accompany
the report. Final reports are due four weeks after the end of the event.

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* 1. Applicant Organization’s Legal Name A K A (if commonly known by another name, enter here)

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* 2. Mailing Address/Street Address

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* 3. City

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* 4. County

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* 5. State

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* 6. Zip Code

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* 7. Contact Person

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* 8. Daytime Phone for Contact Person (include extension, if applicable)

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* 9. Fax Number

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* 10. Email Address

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* 11. Funded by NYSCA for your current fiscal year?

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* 12. Please attach one page entitled ORGANIZATION INFORMATION in which you briefly describe the current purpose and activities of your organization, as well as an indication of your organization’s overall operating expense budget.  The file must be formatted as a PDF.

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* 13. Please attach a second page entitled PROJECT DESCRIPTION. It should indicate whether or not this project is part of an overall accessibility plan and if it is intended to be a one-time event or the beginning of a series of captioned events.

It should also indicate the following for the project:
• inclusion of people with hearing disabilities participating in the planning
• intentions to find captioners
• equipment you have and equipment you need
• designation of seating area for people with hearing disabilities
• ticket pricing structure, including pricing for people with hearing disabilities
• overall marketing plan to ensure attendance by people with hearing disabilities
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* 14. How many artists would benefit directly from this grant?

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* 15. How many youths would benefit directly from or participated in programs funded by this grant?

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* 16. What is the total number of all people, including the above artists and youth, that would benefit from this grant?  This number should include audience members.

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* 17. What is the artistic discipline of your organization?  (Check ONE answer that best reflects your organization.)

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* 18. Check ONE answer that best describes your organization.   

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* 19. Check ONE answer that best describes the nonprofit status of your organization.

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* 20. Check ONE answer that best describes the composition of your organization.

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* 21. Check ONE answer that best describes the artistic discipline of your project.

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* 22. Check ONE answer that best describes what type of project you are proposing.

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* 23. Please select an ethnic or racial characteristic that best describes the regrantee, the audience, the board, or the staff.

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* 24. Check ONE answer that best captures the demographic of those served in your arts-in-education projects.  (Arts-in-education projects are defined as in-school arts projects.)  

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