About CDF / Registration

The Program Services Unit of the Department of Cultural Affairs is charged with the administration of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), an annual grant-making process for New York City’s nonprofit cultural organizations. Through the CDF process, the Department 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.

The 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 950 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City's residents and visitors.

All applicants to the Cultural Development Fund are being notified via email of the Fiscal 2020 funding outcome. If your organization was awarded funds, you must complete several important steps prior to payment; these are detailed in FY20 CDF Funding Requirements. This information is intended only for organizations receiving awards through the FY20 Cultural Development Fund (including Panel Awards or Renewed Multi-Year Awards) and/or FY20 City Council discretionary (a.k.a. Member Item) awards administered by the Department of Cultural Affairs.


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