City Council Discretionary Funding

City Council Discretionary Funding

Just Updated for FY21! Scroll through this page to read about updates to the discretionary contracting process and access required documents for your discretionary contract.

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.

Contracting in PASSPort

For awards cleared in Fiscal Year 2021, the contract registration process is managed in PASSPort. Please check your PASSPort account for notification to start the discretionary contract registration process. 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. Please contact with any questions.

*DCLA awards will not be processed through PASSPort; DCLA will contact their cleared awardees.

Contract Documents

Discretionary awardees may be required to complete and submit the following documents as part of the contracting process. If the award was cleared in Fiscal Year 2021, providers will upload these documents in PASSPort. To expedite contract registration, please use the document names outlined in the FY21 Discretionary Contracting Document Naming Guide when uploading your documents.

  • Capacity Building Training Certificate, if applicable (system generated certificate – please contact for any assistance

Please see below for additional required documentation for select agencies.

Administration for Children 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 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

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 FY21 Discretionary Award Clearance Information Sheet. Please consult the Discretionary Award Tracker for information on the status of an award.
  • PASSPort Account: Every discretionary awardee with awards cleared in Fiscal Year 2021 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 be prequalified in HHS Accelerator, the City’s financial platform for health and human service contracts. Organizations that are exclusively funded by DCLA are exempt. Please visit the HHS Accelerator webpage to begin the prequalification process.
  • 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. Please refer to these instructions to enroll in the online training.

Capital Projects

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.