Fiscal Year 2020 Discretionary Funding Expense Application Filing Period

Please be advised that all not for profit community-based organizations that wish to apply for discretionary funding for FY 2020 must submit a Council Application. The FY 2020 application will be posted on the Council’s website at this location on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 and the submission deadline will be on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Also, please note that if an application is not submitted within the filing period, the community-based organization will not be eligible for funding.

How the budget works

The Expense Budget covers the costs of running our city. It pays for the sanitation worker who picks up your garbage, and powers the lights at your local library. Funds are set aside to operate each city agency. This also includes the Debt Service, the City’s annual loan payment for long‑term Capital Projects for which the City borrows State & Federal money.

The Capital Budget covers larger long‑term investments in facilities & infrastructure, or Capital Projects. Examples include the construction of public schools, street maintenance, and parks improvements.

The Revenue Budget outlines money expected from taxes, State & Federal aid, and other sources of revenue. It determines the maximum amount in the Expense Budget, as the City is required to have a balanced budget.

Learn more about how the budget works…


Speaker Corey Johnson shaking hands with Mayor DeBlasio at City Hall

Curious about how the budget is approved? When does the process begin? What’s the role of the Council and the Mayor? Learn about the budget process.

Finance Committee

The Council’s Finance Committee plays an important role in the budget negotiating process by advocating for the needs of New Yorkers and overseeing the hearing process. The current Chair of the Finance Committee is Council Member Daniel Dromm.

Finance Division

The Council’s Finance Division is a team of analysts, attorneys, economists, and administrative staff who provide Council Members with research on budgetary actions and their fiscal impact. They also work with Council Members to monitor and evaluate agency spending.