Each year the New York City Council awards discretionary funds to nonprofit organizations to meet local needs. To learn more about the discretionary award process and applying for funding, please read City Council's Discretionary Policies and Procedures.
The contract registration process is managed in PASSPort. PASSPort will send your organization’s Vendor Admin(s) a task notification email when it is time to start the contract document submission process. Pending tasks will also appear on your PASSPort homepage under Open Workflow Tasks. Providers may refer to the following resources for more information on how to contract with their City Agency in PASSPort:
Providers can find additional helpful user guides, information sheets and videos on the Learning to Use PASSPort webpage. Need help or have a question? Submit an inquiry to the MOCS Service Desk!
*DCLA awards are not processed through PASSPort; DCLA will contact their cleared awardees. .
Discretionary awardees may be required to complete and submit the following documents as part of the contracting process. If the award was cleared in or after Fiscal Year 2021, providers will upload these documents in PASSPort. To expedite contract registration, please use the document names outlined in the Discretionary Contracting Document Naming Guide when uploading your documents.
Pandemic Support for Human Service Providers
Providers with City Council Discretionary awards for “a one-time increase in operating expenses, including personnel, related to COVID-19 and returning to work,” should use this template for budget and scope
. It is streamlined to expedite the contracting process. For more information about the funding initiative, please see this September 23 notice to the sector
. If your organization has been notified that an application for funding is required, please see this communication
Administration for Children's Services (ACS)
- Providers may prepare their own scope of services and budget. Returning ACS awardees may update their prior scope and budget documents.
Department for the Aging (DFTA)
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Department of Youth and Cultural Development (DYCD)
City Council Discretionary Application
Nonprofit organizations that wish to receive discretionary funding must submit a City Council Discretionary Funding Application. The Application is generally available in January for six weeks only. City Council's website provides
information on the application and submission schedule.
Nonprofit cultural organizations that wish to receive initiative funding through the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) must separately apply to the Cultural Development Fund
in order to be eligible for discretionary awards through DCLA. Any questions concerning the application and pending City Council designation status should be directed to the City Council Discretionary Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council Discretionary Award Process
Council reviews all discretionary applications and identifies awardees. Council’s initial award designations are made in Schedule C of the Adopted Budget, issued at the start of each fiscal year. Council may make subsequent changes to awards through regular transparency resolutions
Discretionary Award Registration Process
After Council makes an award designation, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services confirms the following procedural requirements to “clear” an award for registration by the contracting City agency. These procedural requirements are also outlined in the Discretionary Award Clearance Information Sheet
. Please consult the Discretionary Award Tracker
for information on the status of an award.
- PASSPort Account: Every discretionary awardee must have an account in PASSPort, the City's digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal. Organizations that are exclusively funded by Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) are exempt. Please visit the PASSPort webpage to begin the account creation process.
- HHS Accelerator Prequalification:: Every discretionary awardee must have an Approved HHS Prequalification Application . Organizations that are exclusively funded by DCLA are exempt. To determine your organization's prequalification status, or to become prequalified in PASSPort, please visit the Learning to Use PASSPort webpage.
- Capacity Building Training: Awardees that receive more than $10,000 in discretionary funding, but less than $1 million in cumulative City funding, must complete City Council’s Capacity Building Training and obtain certification. A Capacity Building Training Certificate is valid for three years and flows with the specific individual that completed the course. Enroll in the online Capacity Building Training at http://mocs.matrixlms.com using code UDKE-BQAO. Please refer to these instructions for step-by-step guidance.
Each year during the budget process, members of City Council assign discretionary funds to nonprofit organizations' capital projects (such as construction and equipment purchases). To apply for capital discretionary funding, visit CapGrants.