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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 cultural organizations. Through the CDF process, the Department awards support for a vast array of programs provided by many of the City's largest cultural organizations as well as neighborhood-based groups tapping 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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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 more than 1,000 organizations and administer grants to more than 880 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, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Any arts or cultural organization interested in applying for a future grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs must be:

  • Located and operating in any of the five boroughs of New York City;
  • Incorporated in New York State and compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements for nonprofit organizations, including NYS Charities Bureau filings;
  • In possession of a Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN); and
  • Certified tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3). 
  • Incorporated NYS non-profits without 501(c)(3) status may apply through a Fiscal Sponsor that is certified tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
Be sure to read the CDF Guidelines to determine eligibility.

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 Agency’s online forms and receive notification when the Fiscal 2016 Application is released.

Download and review the Registration Help Guide before beginning the registration process

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The Fiscal 2015 CDF Application period closed on February 10, 2014. Funding panels will convene in the spring; the outcome of the Fiscal 2015 CDF process will be announced once panels have concluded and the Agency’s Fiscal 2015 budget is finalized.

If your organization missed the Fiscal 2015 CDF deadline and is still interested in seeking support for Fiscal 2015 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 DCA’s behalf by each borough’s local arts council.he online form; the Application Checklist itemizes the materials required for your submission to be considered complete; and the Blank Application form provides printable screenshots of each section of the online form.

Organizations interested in applying for CDF support in Fiscal 2016 should review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2015 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 2016. If you are a new applicant and would like to be added to the Programs Unit mailing list for the Fiscal 2016 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

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

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The Fiscal 2015 CDF Renewal Form is now available and must be submitted no later than Monday, June 16, 2014.

Grantees with multiyear commitments for the FY13-15 or FY14-16 grant cycle are eligible to renew support for Fiscal 2015.  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 16, 2014.    

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 16, 2014. Supplemental Materials are accepted at any time, but must be post-marked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than midnight on June 16, 2014 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.

Please be aware that participation in New York State’s Cultural Data Project (CDP) is mandatory for all CDF Applicants, and that CDP’s “CDF Funder Report” is one of the required items on the CDF Application Checklist. To learn more, visit CDP’s website at www.nysculturaldata.org.

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

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The Fiscal 2014 CDF Final Report is now available. The Final Report should be submitted as soon as possible after your organization’s Fiscal 2014 services have been completed, and no later than Friday, August 1, 2014.

All organizations receiving Fiscal 2014 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 2014.  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 Friday, August 1, 2014.

The agency will host four seminars to assist organizations in completing the Final Report: two on June 25, 2014 and two on July 10, 2014. Seminar attendance is strongly recommended and an RSVP is required.  Review the schedule and RSVP by clicking the following link:

Final Report Seminar Schedule

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 2014 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 or mailed 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.

Scope of Service 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. Friday, August 1, 2014.

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