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Cultural Development Fund – Permanent Rule

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Rule status: Proposed

Agency: DCLA

Comment by date: May 10, 2024

Rule Full Text

The Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCLA”) is proposing to amend Title 58 of the rules of the city of New York by adding a new chapter 2 that would make permanent the emergency rule governing DCLA’s Cultural Development Fund.

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May 10, 2024
11:00am - 12:00pm EDT


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Online comments: 4

  • Mary Campbell

    Why has this rule not been posted to the NYC DCLA website as of 4/17/24?

    Comment added April 17, 2024 10:46am
  • Lauren Parrish

    It would behoove the DCLA to create less strenuous, not more strenuous guidelines for funding, particularly capital funding. In recent years the complications of applications, the difficulty of the application process, the timespan from being granted the award to receive the award have created more and not less financial uncertainty in the arts community.

    Comment added April 26, 2024 6:04pm
  • Daniela Del Giorno

    The current process no longer allows small, community-serving arts organizations with a fiscal sponsor to apply for City Council Discretionary funding. It also states that an organization must have a 501C3 for a minimum of five years before applying. This limits the opportunity for small, grass-roots organizations with limited resources to grow and thrive within their own communities. It only provides funding for larger, well-established organizations.

    Comment added May 6, 2024 5:01pm
  • Lauren Gibbs

    In response to Scoring allocation Step Three, the public would like to better understand the specific factors for any proposed new process that would “adjust awards above the minimum award, or to provide an award for applicants that did not meet the minimum award score.”

    I would like to understand the following: 1) how an award decision based on either of these indicators will be made by DCLA; 2) who at the DCLA will have the authority to make these award decisions; and 3) what will the potential award impact of these proposed changes be on other potential awardees who do “meet the minimum award score”.

    To my knowledge, there is already a “competitive, peer-evaluated grant process in place” per the DCLA CDF guidelines. Therefore, as a previous panelist on the DCLA’s peer-evaluated process and as a current member of the nonprofit cultural fundraising community, I would like to better understand the reason(s) for the above proposed revisions to the current charter as well as the internal process for award decision making for any applicants who “do not meet the minimum award score” or who could receive an “adjust(ed) award above the minimum award.”

    This newly proposed charter language in Step Three appears vague and may unintentionally offer too much additional award-related authority to the DCLA. If approved, this change could be abused by future administrations, unlike the “peer-evaluated grant process” that is already in place, which exists to ensure the award process remains democratic, fair and equitable for all potential DCLA award applicants.

    Comment added May 9, 2024 10:37pm