Every nonprofit awarded discretionary funds is subject to City Council's initial review and clearance, and may also be subject to additional reviews by MOCS depending on the cumulative dollar amount of discretionary awards and the contracting agency.
Every award must be reflected as cleared to move on to the agency payment process. For clarification on what is required for a specific discretionary award visit the award tracker. The clearance of all discretionary awards is reported by MOCS to the Comptroller and City agencies to reflect compliance with the City Council's requirements.
The discretionary clearance process covers all of the City Council's policy requirements and is summarized in this Nonprofit Checklist to Process Discretionary Awards.
The City Council's requirements are listed in the Discretionary Funding Policies and Procedures document. To see if the City Council has completed their review of your allocation, please consult the MOCS discretionary tracker. Any questions concerning the application and pending City Council clearance status should be directed to email@example.com.
Nonprofit cultural organizations that receive discretionary awards through the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) must have applied to DCLA's Cultural Development Fund (CDF). Organizations that are found by DCLA to be eligible for a CDF award may receive discretionary funding through DCLA. CDF eligibility, in conjunction with MOCS approval, serves as a prequalification review for discretionary awards through DCLA.
The HHS Accelerator Prequalification Application contains two parts: a Business Application and a Service Application, and is available continually at the HHS Accelerator website. The HHS Accelerator Application is valid for 3 years, as long as the organization submits proof on an annual basis to HHS Accelerator that they are in good standing with the NYS Charities Bureau and the IRS. After three years, organizations must reapply for prequalification in HHS Accelerator.
If your City Council award status is "Must Submit Prequalification Application," your organization must get prequalified in HHS Accelerator. Apply now on the HHS Accelerator website.
If you need help getting prequalified, MOCS offers several training opportunities for providers.
The Capacity Building Training focuses on nonprofit legal compliance, board development, financial management and contracting with New York City, including the City Council discretionary process.
Only nonprofit board members or executive staff members are eligible to receive City Council training credit on behalf of an organization. The individual representative will receive a Certificate of Completion that is proof of compliance with the Council's training requirement. The Certificate is valid for three years after completion of the training.
The Certificate of Completion is associated with the specific individual. If that individual leaves the organization, the organization must select a new representative to receive certification.
Training is available online or through a full day, in-person session.
**To register for in-person training, please visit our event page.**
**To register for online training, please follow the instructions below.**
Online training is available at all times, but once you register for a training, you have only thirty (30) days to complete it. The online training typically takes 3-4 hours to complete, but you do not have to complete the training in one sitting. You may start and stop the training at any time during the thirty-day period. When you complete the online training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Instructions for online training registration: