City Council Discretionary Funding
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.
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 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.
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 can find helpful user guides, information sheets and videos on the Learning to Use PASSPort webpage. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
*DCLA awards will not be 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 Fiscal Year 2021, providers will upload these documents in PASSPort.
- Capacity Building Training Certificate, if applicable (system generated certificate – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance)
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.