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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 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 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 Fiscal 2016 Cultural Development Fund Application Period 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 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, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 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;
  • Able to provide a two year track record of providing public services in 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 CDF Application.

Please review the Registration Help Guide before beginning the registration process

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The Fiscal 2016 CDF Application period closed on February 9, 2015. Funding panels will convene in the spring; the outcome of the Fiscal 2016 CDF process will be announced once panels have concluded and the Agency’s Fiscal 2016 budget is finalized.

If your organization missed the Fiscal 2016 CDF deadline and is still interested in seeking support for Fiscal 2016 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.

Organizations interested in applying for CDF support in Fiscal 2017 should review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2016 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 2017. If you are a new applicant and would like to be added to the Programs Unit mailing list for the Fiscal 2017 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 2015 CDF Renewal period is closed.

Notification regarding the release of the Fiscal 2016 Renewal will be sent to organizations receiving multi-year support for Fiscal 2014-2016 or Fiscal 2015-2017 in the spring; review your Fiscal 2015 award letter to determine your organization’s multi-year status.    

Review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2015 Renewal materials to get a sense of the current process and requirements. The Renewal Guidelines detail applicable eligibility and funding requirements; the Renewal 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 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.

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:

LAUNCH THE RENEWAL >>

The Department of Cultural Affairs will open the Fiscal 2015 online reporting process in the spring. Notification regarding this release will be sent to all Fiscal 2015 grantees at that time. The final deadline for Final Reports will be Monday, August 3, 2015.

If your project’s expenses have changed by 20% or your organization’s actual services have differed significantly from those proposed in the Fiscal 2015 Application, your organization must submit written requests to revise those services using the Scope of Service Request for Revision form as soon as possible. The signed and completed form, which should be mailed or emailed to your Program Specialist, can be found below. Contact your Program Specialist if you think your organization might need to submit a Request for Revision.

Scope of Service Request for Revision

Download and review the Fiscal 2014 Final Report materials below to get a sense of the current process and reporting requirements:  the Reporting 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 Reporting 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.

Existing grantees may view their past Final Reports at any time by logging into the online Final Report:

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