The Action Plan

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Objective 1Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communities
Strategy AIncrease the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoodsActions
Strategy BIncrease funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communitiesActions
Strategy CExplore changes to the Department of Cultural Affairs' grant programs to offer more flexible and multi-year supportActions
Strategy DImprove cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workersActions
Strategy EFund energy expenses at cultural organizations, and provide technical support to organizations to lower their environmental impactActions
Action 1Provided technical assistance to help 14 CIG members secure over $3.2 million in FY 20 funding from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for 43 energy-saving retrofit projects with a projected annual total carbon reduction of 1,630 metric tons.
Fiscal Year: 2019
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Funded four capital projects at cultural organizations across the City to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $9.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 3Hired DCLA’s first Director of Energy and Sustainability to provide CIG members guidance on accessing resources and funding to reduce their energy consumption.
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 4Set an annual spending goal of $5 million to help organizations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through eligible capital projects starting with the FY 19 budget cycle.
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy FLeverage private resources to advance funding equityActions
Strategy GSupport more opportunities for temporary and permanent art in public spaceActions
Objective 2Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sector Objective 3Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and government Objective 4Address the affordability crisis for the cultural community Objective 5Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school students


Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)

A 33-member group of cultural organizations located on City-owned property and receiving significant capital and operating support from the City.

Cultural Development Fund (CDF)

The Department of Cultural Affairs’ annual grant-making process for New York City's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Fiscal Year (FY)

The New York City budget cycle starts on July 1 of a given year and ends on June 30 of the following year.


An action that occurred in the stated fiscal year.


An action that was initiated in the stated fiscal year and repeats for a finite number of years.


An action that was initiated in the stated fiscal year and occurs annually without a defined end date.

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