CreateNYC Language Access Fund

Please note the FY20 Language Access Fund Application period closed on September 9, 2019 and is no longer accepting applications.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is launching the CreateNYC Language Access Fund, a pilot initiative to support cultural organizations’ new and ongoing efforts to increase access to cultural programming for audiences whose primary language is not English, including American Sign Language (ASL).

This pilot initiative reflects DCLA’s commitment to diversity, access, equity and inclusion, as outlined in the CreateNYC cultural plan released in 2017. Its intention is to expand opportunities for cultural organizations to support access to arts and culture for all New Yorkers by removing language barriers.

Application deadline: 11:59 pm on Monday, September 9, 2019

Organizations that submitted eligible applications to the FY20 Cultural Development Fund (CDF) and those organizations in a CDF renewal year for FY20 are eligible to apply. Members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) are not eligible. Please refer to the Guidelines document here for more information about eligibility as well as program goals and criteria.

Download the FY20 Language Access Fund Application Form 

Application Seminars

The application seminar provides an opportunity to speak directly with DCLA staff prior to submitting a competitive Application to the Language Access Fund. Attendance is first come first served, so be sure to RSVP below to reserve a seat:

Tuesday, August 6 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: DCLA, Room 209

Thursday, August 15 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: DCLA, Room 209

Wednesday, September 4 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: DCLA, Room 209

Please direct any program-related questions to or call (212) 513-9381.

Access/Accommodations: DCLA has an accessible entrance on Reade Street (in the middle of the block between Centre and Elk Streets). For further information or to request an accommodation, please email Sara Cobb at or call (212) 513-9376. Requests for accommodation should be made two weeks before the event or as soon as possible thereafter.

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