Discretionary funds are funds that Members of the City Council allocate to non-profit, community-based social service providers to meet local needs and fill gaps in City agency services. Discretionary spending is a tool in ensuring that the needs for programs, buildings and equipment in each councilperson’s district are met.
Discretionary funds are allocated on an application basis. Once the City Council determines the discretionary spending awards, the funds are administered via city agencies. To learn more about how to apply for discretionary funds, please contact your councilperson.
Non-profit organizations may apply for City Council discretionary funding to cover the cost of:
- providing useful programs or services (expense funding), and/or
- capital projects, such as acquiring or renovating property (capital funding)
These activities must serve a city purpose and be available to the general public. Public entities, such as schools and libraries, may apply for funding to cover the costs of needed construction and equipment. City funding is available only to public entities or to non-profits that meet specific criteria, such as being incorporated as a 501(c)(3) and registering with New York State’s Charities Bureau. In addition, the city uses a pre-qualification process to determine if an organization is well-managed and stable enough to use city funds responsibly.
The following table shows the discretionary funds allocated to SBS by the City Council. The “percentage of funds disbursed” represents the progress made by the vendor towards the completion of the goals set out for its initiative. Please refer to the City Council Discretionary Funding Online Database for a complete list of all discretionary funds awarded by the City Council.