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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDF Applicants may view their submissions at any time by logging in to the online application:
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Notification regarding the release of the Fiscal 2017 Renewal will be sent to organizations receiving multi-year support for Fiscal 2016-2018 or Fiscal 2017-2019 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 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:
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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:
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