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Grants to New York City Nonprofits for Infrastructure Projects

Capital Funding

GrantWatch ID# 167878
Agency: Local

Funding Source
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/23/23 5:00 PM - Deadline for requests that include only City Council or Mayoral funding Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations for infrastructure projects. Funding is intended for a broad range of projects, including but not limited to, the construction or expansion of new facilities, building system repair, renovation of an existing facility, and purchases related to equipment or vehicles.

Goals for Funding Capital Projects:

To enhance the public’s experience of cultural life in New York City through projects that:

  • Increase public access to cultural programming throughout the City
  • Contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of the City’s communities
  • Preserve and promote the highest quality cultural facilities, programs, and collections
  • Maximize the effectiveness of public–private partnerships
  • Address priorities as identified in the CreateNYC Cultural Plan including accessibility for people with disabilities, environmental sustainability, and creating affordable workspace for artists

Project Types Eligible for Capital Funding

Based on Directive 10 and DCLA policy, there are two types of projects eligible for capital funding, examples provided in the table below:

  • Construction / Renovation
    • Construction of a new facility
    • Expansion of an existing facility
    • Significant upgrade or renovation of existing contiguous space
    • Replacement or Upgrade of a building system, e.g., HVAC
  • Equipment / Vehicle
    • Equipment System (e.g., theatrical lighting)
    • Standalone equipment (e.g., a piano or  copier)
    • Passenger vehicle (10+ person capacity)
    • Work vehicle (e.g., cargo van, truck, etc.)

In the case of construction or renovation projects, charges to the capital budget can only be made for eligible projects that provide a comprehensive betterment, which is defined as extensive, physically connected, and typically involved in all four trades (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and general construction).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Not-for-profit cultural organizations with documented tax-exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and operating within the five boroughs of New York City (the “City”) may apply for City capital funds to plan, construct or reconstruct a Capital Asset (defined in Exhibit 5) to better provide services to the people of the City. Organizations applying for such City capital funds must provide information in the Capital Funding Request forms in order to be considered for such funds. Please read the following Capital Funding Eligibility Guidelines for additional eligibility requirements.

For information about ineligible expenses, see Page 5 of the guidelines document listed in Supporting Documents, listed below.

Pre-Application Information
Submission Deadline:

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 5pm
- All requests that include only City Council or Mayoral funding

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Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum City contribution to a capital project on non-City owned property is:
- $50,000 for equipment
- $250,000 for minimally attached equipment (as defined in Exhibit 6)
- $500,000 for construction/renovation.

Term of Contract
Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
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RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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