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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.

 


       

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 over 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 current application cycle is for activities taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Be sure to read the CDF Guidelines to determine eligibility. Any arts or cultural organization interested in applying for a future 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 2016, and compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements for nonprofit organizations, including Charities Bureau filings;
    • Organizations whose incorporation dates are in their FY17 or FY18 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 DCLA funding, as substantiated by the required financial documents and proof of programmatic activity for the organization’s Fiscal 2016 and 2017.

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 2018 CDF Application period closed on February 13, 2017. Funding panels will convene in the spring; the outcome of the Fiscal 2018 CDF process will be announced once panels have concluded and the Agency’s Fiscal 2018 budget is finalized.

If your organization missed the Fiscal 2018 CDF deadline and is still interested in seeking support for Fiscal 2018 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 2019 should review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2018 application materials to get a sense of the current process and requirements: The Agency’s Programs Staff will be available to assist you throughout the application period, and you may contact us with questions as you develop your Application.  Contact your Program Specialist directly by email or phone, or call the Programs Help Desk at 212-513-9381; however, be sure to review the Instructions before calling.

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 2019 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.

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

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The Fiscal 2018 CDF Renewal Form is now available and must be submitted no later than Monday, June 12, 2017.

Grantees with multiyear commitments for the FY16-18 or FY17-19 grant cycle are eligible to renew support for Fiscal 2018.  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 12, 2017.

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 11:59:59 p.m. on June 12, 2017. Hard copies of the Supplemental materials must be RECEIVED in our offices at 31 Chambers Street on or before the Monday, June 12 deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: the deadline for Supplemental materials has changed from a “postmark” date to a “received by” deadline.  Hard copies of the Supplemental materials must be received in our offices at 31 Chambers Street on or before the Monday, June 12 deadline for renewal proposals, whether via mail carrier, messenger, or hand-delivery.

Renewal submissions are subject to review by the Agency and additional information may be requested prior to approval.

Every applicant 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 2015, organizations will be required to print and submit the DCLA 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:

LAUNCH THE RENEWAL >>

The Department of Cultural Affairs will open the Fiscal 2017 online reporting process in the spring. Notification regarding this release will be sent to all Fiscal 2017 grantees at that time. The final deadline for Final Reports will be Monday, August 1, 2017.

If your project’s expenses have changed by 20% or your organization’s actual services have differed significantly from those proposed in the Fiscal 2017 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. Note: an organization’s prior performance record may be a factor when considering future funding.

You may download and review the Fiscal 2015 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:

LAUNCH THE FINAL REPORT >>