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City Council Application & Requirements

Nonprofit organizations that wish to receive discretionary funding must submit a Council Discretionary Funding Application. The application requests information about an organization’s experience, qualifications, and integrity, and the project or service for which the organization is requesting support. The Council's website will provide information on the schedule for submitting applications; applications are generally open in January.

Please note that organizations requesting funding under an initiative are also required to submit an on-line application to the Council.

If the applicant is a new awardee or a new corporate entity they must complete a Supplementary Application Form and are general limited to $20,000 in discretionary awards.

If you want to see if you received an award in FY18, please visit the NYC Council's Schedule C budget reports page.

All applicants must submit a Doing Business Data Form via email to If you have questions about the form, review our Q&A. If you need assistance completing the form, please contact the Doing Business Accountability Project at 212-788-8104 or

City Council Discretionary Requirements

The City Council Discretionary Award clearance process has a number of steps to ensure that nonprofits receiving funds are adhering to all applicable laws and City Council requirements. The City Council details its requirements in its Discretionary Funding Policies and Procedures manual found on their website. It is essential reading for any nonprofit that receives discretionary funding.