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Funding Requirement for Department of Cultural Affairs Applicants: The Cultural Data Project

All organizations applying for or receiving funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) through the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), or Capital funding process are required to create a Cultural Data Project (CDP) account and submit the appropriate DCLA CDP Funder Report. 

Over 1,750 New York City cultural organizations are already participating in the Cultural Data Project. If you have not opened a CDP account, start your organization’s Data Profile now by visiting the New York State CDP website.

The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is a free, web-based system designed to capture and standardize in-depth, historical financial information from nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

A unique national model for sharing information with arts funders, CDP began at the request of Pennsylvania's cultural community. Responding to calls for a more streamlined grant application process among cultural funders, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts spearheaded the launch of CDP in 2004. In 2009, the Department of Cultural Affairs joined together with the New York State Council on the Arts and private grantmakers to bring the Cultural Data Project to New York State. CDP transitioned into an independent nonprofit in 2013, and today is active in 12 different states and Washington, DC. For a complete list of participating funders, visit

By registering with CDP and completing a Data Profile, organizations have the ability to:

Streamline grant applications to participating funders: Once an organization's data is entered into CDP, detailed financial reports for funders can be generated with the push of a button. In short, organizations will have to spend less time recalculating their financial information for each grant application they complete.

Generate any of more than 75 on-demand reports: Organizations of all sizes will be able to benefit from a variety of professional quality reports and benchmarking tools, including annual reports and trend reports, ready to be shared with constituents, public officials, board members, and other stakeholders.

Ensure inclusion in major advocacy efforts: Data from CDP is available to advocates, researchers and interested parties to help make the case for the arts in New York State.

Organizations can participate and benefit from the system regardless of whether they are a recipient of support from any of the participating funders.

The New York State Cultural Data Project is a collaborative effort led by:
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Asian American Arts Alliance
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Field
Harlem Arts Alliance                              
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
The New York Community Trust
New York State Council on the Arts
The John R. Oishei Foundation
Time Warner Inc.

Leadership funding for the New York State Cultural Data Project has been provided through the generosity of:
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Booth Ferris Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Contact the CDP Help Desk:
The CDP Help Desk is open 9am-8pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Learn more about the CDP and the Data Profile with the CDP’s online learning modules, or sign up for a CDP orientation session.