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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 CDF Application is now available online and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 9, 2015.

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 current application cycle is 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;
  • 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 is now available online and should be submitted no later than Monday, February 9, 2015.

All eligible organizations seeking DCA support for Fiscal 2016 must submit both the online CDF Application form and required Supplemental materials by the February 9th deadline—this includes organizations that wish to be eligible for any City Council discretionary (a.k.a. Member Item) funding administered through DCA for Fiscal 2016, such as Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA) or Cultural Immigrant Initiative funds.  Supplemental materials are hard copy submissions. Only organizations receiving multi-year support (for Fiscal 2014-2016 or Fiscal 2015-2017) are exempt from this deadline; review your Fiscal 2015 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.

The completed CDF Application form should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2015. Supplemental Materials must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than February 9, 2015 or hand-delivered to DCA’s office at 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor, no later than 6:00 p.m. on that date.  Application 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 Supplemental materials. To learn more, visit CDP’s website at http://www.nysculturaldata.org. Please review the most recent CDP New User Orientation webinar.

Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and intend to apply for the first time for Fiscal 2016 must register before beginning the application. 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 refer to the Instructions before calling.

CDF Applicants may view their past or current submissions at any time by logging into 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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