Partnering with Nonprofits

Each year, the City of New York awards billions of dollars to nonprofit providers to deliver critical programs and services to over 3 million New Yorkers across the City, including our most vulnerable neighbors. MOCS supports these nonprofit providers by building and managing digital platforms that make it easier for them, especially small community-based organizations, to participate in City contracting and receive timely payment. We design solutions with and for our nonprofit partners and lead Citywide initiatives that further sector-wide goals.

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Key Initiatives

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Procurement Technology Innovation

The HHS Accelerator technology platform, managed by MOCS, was designed exclusively for the health and human service (HHS) sector to make it easier to do business with the City. HHS Accelerator streamlines and centralizes the Request For Proposal (RFP) process and invoice payment. Providers are paid within 4 median days of invoice acceptance.
Visit the HHS Accelerator webpage

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PASSPort, the City's Procurement and Sourcing Solution Portal, is digitizing the contract registration process - a long-standing goal of the HHS sector. PASSPort is saving providers time and effort by digitizing VENDEX disclosures and centralizing agencies' responsibility determinations. In Spring 2020, PASSPort will allow providers to digitally track their contracts and the steps to registration.
Visit the PASSPort webpage
HHS Accelerator and PASSPort Need to Know


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Nonprofit Resiliency Committee

MOCS is a partner in the Mayor's Nonprofit Resiliency Committee (NRC), which gives the HHS nonprofit community a direct voice in designing the City of New York's business practices, policies, and technology solutions.
Visit the NYC Nonprofits NRC webpage

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Indirect Cost Rate Funding Initiative

New York City is the first major city to establish an indirect cost rate funding initiative to pay nonprofits' full indirect cost rates. MOCS co-leads this initiative with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Visit the NYC Nonprofits Indirect Implementation webpage


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City Council Discretionary Awards

Many nonprofits begin their business relationship with the City through the City Council Discretionary Award process. MOCS partners with City Council to manage procedural requirements.
Visit the Discretionary Award tracker to track status of discretionary awards


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NEW FOR FY21! Supporting Nonprofit Cash Flow

Providers with health and human service contracts are eligible for advance payments of at least 25% of their annual budgets, at the start of each fiscal year. For FY21, these advances will be issued automatically upon contract registration and budget approval. These advances are made through HHS Accelerator. All HHS City agencies manage budgets and invoicing in HHS Accelerator.


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COVID-19 HHS Team

In response to COVID-19, MOCS was a principal member of a centralized HHS Team, along with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget. Together, we designed and implemented contracting, budgeting and financial policies to provide organizations with flexibility, business stability and cash flow during the shifting and dynamic environment.
Learn more about the work and its impact


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Returnable Grant Fund

MOCS manages the Returnable Grant Fund (RGF), which provides interest free bridge loans to qualifying nonprofit organizations.
Learn more about the Returnable Grant Fund