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Funding for Cultural Organizations

Cultural Development Fund (CDF)

The Program Services Unit of the Department of Cultural Affairs is charged with the administration of the Cultural Development Fund, an annual grant-making process for New York City’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Through the CDF process, the agency awards support for a vast array of programs provided by many of the City's largest cultural organizations as well as neighborhood-based groups that represent New York's extraordinary cultural breadth.  CDF Applications are submitted online each year through this website, and reviewed by panels made up of experts in the field and representatives of the City's elected officials.


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New York City Nonprofit Organizations: If you are unfamiliar with the process for applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural activities, please join the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the borough-specific arts councils at one of five info sessions:

  • Thursday, July 14 at 10am (Brooklyn/Roulette)
  • Monday, July 18 at 6pm (Queens/Queens Council on the Arts)
  • Tuesday, July 26 at 7pm (Staten Island/Culture Lounge)
  • Thursday, August 4 at 10am (Manhattan/Department of Cultural Affairs)
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm (Bronx/New York Public Library @ Kingsbridge)
Find out more about cultural funding opportunities.

       

The Fiscal 2017 CDF Application is now closed.

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) enables qualifying cultural organizations to apply for grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The agency encourages participation in the process by the widest possible representation of the City’s diverse cultural constituency.  Currently, we receive applications from nearly 1,100 organizations and administer grants to more than 900 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors.

The next application cycle will be for activities taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Be sure to read the CDF Guidelines to determine eligibility. Any arts or cultural organization interested in applying for a Fiscal 2018 grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs must be:

  • Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located and operating in any of the five boroughs of New York City;
  • Incorporated as a nonprofit in New York State as of your organization’s Fiscal 2014, and compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements for nonprofit organizations, including Charities Bureau filings;
    • Organizations whose incorporation dates are in their FY15 or FY16 will not be eligible to apply during this cycle. In this case, organizations must wait until they have a two-year history to apply.
  • In possession of a Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) unique to the organization;
  • Currently certified tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3).  Incorporated nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status may apply using a fiscal conduit that is approved by DCLA;
  • Able to demonstrate at least two years of cultural public service in NYC prior to applying for DCA funding, as substantiated by the required financial documents and proof of programmatic activity for the organization’s Fiscal 2014 and 2015.

Registration

If you are an eligible arts or cultural organization and have not already registered for a Cultural Affairs Account, please complete the registration process to access the CDF Application.

Please review the Registration Help Guide before beginning the registration process

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The Fiscal 2017 CDF Application period closed on February 8, 2016. Funding panels will convene in the spring; the outcome of the Fiscal 2017 CDF process will be announced once panels have concluded and the Agency’s Fiscal 2017 budget is finalized.

If your organization missed the Fiscal 2017 CDF deadline and is still interested in seeking support for Fiscal 2017 cultural programming, contact your local arts council to determine if you are eligible for support through the Greater New York Arts Development Fund, a regrant program administered on DCLA’s behalf by each borough’s local arts council.

Organizations interested in applying for CDF support in Fiscal 2018 should review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2017 application materials to get a sense of the current process and requirements:

Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and have not recently submitted CDF applications may register at any time; however, the CDF Application will not be available until early in calendar 2018. If you are a new applicant and would like to be added to the Programs Unit mailing list for the Fiscal 2018 application period, please email your full name, the legal name of your organization, your email address, website address, telephone and primary borough to vcharles@culture.nyc.gov

Current or past CDF Applicants or Grantees may view their submissions at any time by logging in to the online application:

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The Fiscal 2016 CDF Renewal Form is now available and must be submitted no later than Monday, June 13, 2016.

Grantees with multiyear commitments for the FY15-17 or FY16-18 grant cycle are eligible to renew support for Fiscal 2017.  To renew, multiyear grantees must complete an online CDF Renewal Form that details its public services for the City’s upcoming fiscal year.  In addition to the online form, Supplemental Materials must either be mailed or hand-delivered to our office.  Submissions of both the online form and Supplemental Materials are due no later than Monday, June 13, 2016.

Download and review the documents below before beginning the renewal process:  the Renewal Guidelines detail applicable eligibility and funding requirements; the Renewal Instructions explain the high level of programmatic and financial detail expected in your submission, as well as provide essential tools to help you navigate the online form; the Renewal Checklist itemizes the materials required for your submission to be considered complete; and the Blank Renewal provides printable screenshots of each section of the online form.

Supplemental Materials:

Completed CDF Renewal Forms should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 13, 2016. Supplemental Materials are accepted at any time, but must be post-marked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than midnight on June 13, 2016 or hand-delivered prior to 6:00 p.m. on that date.  Renewal submissions are subject to review by the Agency and additional information may be requested prior to approval.

Every applicant must complete a Cultural Data Profile (CDP), administered by DataArts (formerly known as the Cultural Data Project). After completing the online Data Profile with financial and programmatic information for Fiscal 2014, organizations will be required to print and submit the DCA CDF Funder Report with the Supplemental materials. To learn more, visit CDP’s website at http://www.culturaldata.org.  To view the most recent CDP New User Orientation webinar, visit http://vimeo.com/116190021.

Existing CDF grantees may view their past submissions at any time by logging into the online application:

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The Fiscal 2016 CDF Final Report is now available. The Final Report should be submitted as soon as possible after your organization’s Fiscal 2016 services have been completed, and no later than Monday, August 1, 2016.

All organizations receiving Fiscal 2016 support must report on their funded services in order to retain the funds paid, receive any payments due, and remain in good standing for the future.  To report, all grantees must complete an online CDF Final Report form that details completed public services funded in Fiscal 2016.  In addition to the online form, Supplemental Materials must be mailed or hand-delivered to our office.  Submission of the online form, the Supplemental Materials, and the applicable Additional Templates are due as soon as possible after the completion of the funded services, and no later than Monday, August 1, 2016.

The agency will host four seminars to assist organizations in completing the Final Report: two on June 29, 2016 and two on July 12, 2016. Seminar attendance is strongly recommended and an RSVP is required.  Review the schedule and RSVP by clicking the following link:

Before beginning a Final Report, organizations whose total project expenses have either increased or decreased by 20% or whose services have differed significantly from those proposed in the Fiscal 2016 Application or Renewal must submit written requests to revise those services using the Scope of Service Request for Revision form. The signed and completed form, which should be emailed to your Program Specialist, can be found below. Contact your Program Specialist as soon as possible if you think your organization might need to submit a Request for Revision.

Download and review the documents below before beginning the reporting process: the Final Report Instructions explain the level of programmatic and financial detail expected in your submission, as well as provide essential tools to help you navigate the online form; the Final Report Checklist itemizes the materials required for your submission to be considered complete; and the Blank Final Report provides printable screenshots of each section of the online form.

If applicable, complete the templates below and email to CDFReport@culture.nyc.gov by the August 1 deadline. The Additional Locations template requests information about projects with more than 25 locations or venues, and the Conflicts of Interest Certification must be submitted by organizations that have identified a conflict as described in the Final Report Instructions (p. 5).

Completed Final Report forms should be submitted online as soon as the services have been completed, and no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016. Supplemental Materials are accepted at any time prior to August 1, but must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than August 1, 2016 or hand-delivered prior to 6:00 p.m. on that date.  Final Reports are subject to review by the Agency and additional information may be requested prior to approval.

If you have questions about the Final Report please contact your Program Specialist or call the Programs Help Desk at (212) 513-9381.

LAUNCH THE FINAL REPORT >>