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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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The Fiscal 2017 CDF Application is now available online and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

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 currentt application cycle is for activities taking place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 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 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 is now available online and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

All eligible organizations seeking DCA support for Fiscal 2017 must submit both the online CDF Application form and required Supplemental materials by the February 8th deadline to be considered eligible. This includes organizations that wish to be eligible for other DCA-administered funds, including City Council discretionary funds (a.k.a. Member Item) and City Council Initiatives. Only organizations receiving multi-year support (for Fiscal 2015-2017 or Fiscal 2016-2018) are exempt from this deadline; a renewal application will be released later in the fiscal year.   Review your Fiscal 2016 award letter to determine your organization’s multi-year status.

Download and review the documents below before beginning the application process:  the CDF Guidelines detail applicable eligibility and funding requirements; the Application 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 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.

Next, download the templates required as part of the Supplemental materials:

Informational seminars are being held throughout the five boroughs.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the seminars to familiarize themselves with the online form and requirements.  Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP here as soon as possible to secure a seat at the seminar of your choice.  You must bring a copy of the CDF Application Instructions with you to review during the presentation. 

Both a CDF Application form and Supplemental materials must be submitted by Monday, February 8, 2016. The completed Online CDF Application form should be submitted no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on February 8, 2016. The Supplemental materials are hard copy submissions and must be either: 

HAND DELIVERED to the Department of Cultural Affairs offices at 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor at any time prior to 6:00 p.m. February 8, 2016. 

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MAILED no later than February 8, 2016. Packages received after the deadline will be reviewed to confirm date of mailing. Only packages with a date stamp produced by the mail carrier, indicating it was accepted by the carrier no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 8, 2016, will be considered eligible. 

Application 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.

Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and intend to apply for the first time for Fiscal 2017 must register before beginning the application. Previous applicants must make sure to keep their registration information current at all times. Review the Registration Help Guide before beginning the registration process.

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.

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 closed.

Notification regarding the release of the Fiscal 2017 Renewal will be sent to organizations receiving multi-year support for Fiscal 2015-2017 or Fiscal 2016-2018 in the spring; review your Fiscal 2016 award letter to determine your organization’s multi-year status.

Review the eligibility requirements and the Fiscal 2016 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.

Organizations 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:

LAUNCH THE RENEWAL >>

The Department of Cultural Affairs will open the Fiscal 2016 online reporting process in the spring. Notification regarding this release will be sent to all Fiscal 2016 grantees at that time. The final deadline for Final Reports will be Monday, August 1, 2016.

If your project’s expenses have changed by 20% or your organization’s actual services have differed significantly from those proposed in the Fiscal 2016 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.

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.

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

LAUNCH THE FINAL REPORT >>