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 across the City's diverse cultural constituency. We receive applications from over 1,100 organizations and administer grants to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City's residents and visitors.
The FY22 CDF application cycle will be for activities taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
The FY22 Annual Application has closed. The deadline for the application was Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:00PM (EST). Arts or cultural organizations renewing a Fiscal 2021 CDF grant for a Fiscal 2022 must be:
As part of the CDF process, panels comprised of individuals from arts and cultural fields evaluate applications and provide recommendations for grants. The Programs Services Unit seeks a diverse cohort that is representative of the broad cultural consistencies of New York City with regards to race, ethnicity, gender, age, and ability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the panel process on hold for the time being. Information about panelist nomination and the possibility of serving on future panels will be published when available.
Please make sure your organization’s Cultural Affairs Account is up to date including contact information.
Please review the Registration Help Guide for further information.
If you have any questions about accessing materials regarding the CDF application, you can contact your program specialist directly via email or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not yet have an assigned specialist. Please contact DCLA's Disability Service Facilitator at email@example.com for Word versions of any resource document.