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Please carefully read the proposal submission instructions detailed below in the "Submission Guidelines" section of this page. In addition, please scroll down to the "Key Documents" section of this page to access important required documentation, such as addenda.

NYCEDC and DCLA are seeking responses from interested parties to the Affordable Workspace for Artists RFEI to develop and/or operate affordable artist workspace in New York City.

Respondents to this RFEI must be a non-profit organization and can be a developer, operator or both. Organizations that are interested solely in leasing (rather than developing or operating) affordable artist workspace in future AREA (Affordable Real Estate for Artists initiative) projects or in select City-funded cultural facilities may express their interest through an online survey by visiting:

NYCEDC and DCLA plan to create a regularly updated list of qualified, nonprofit organizations, who will be selected on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, and demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFEI.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.


Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on October 18, 2021. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to [email protected]. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI, please email [email protected] with your name and contact info. Answers to all questions will be posted on a rolling basis until November 1, 2021, on this page.

Submission Requirements

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFEI, available as of February 14, 2018. To download a copy of the RFEI, please visit Responses are due no later than 11:59pm on the following dates: August 16, 2021; and November 15, 2021. Signed copies of all five (5) addenda must also be provided.

Please submit your response via electronic upload by clicking here and uploading your proposal.

When uploading your response, please submit all documents in a single zip file labelled with your company name. Please note that Chrome Browser is the preferred method to upload your electronic responses to the current procurement. Technical questions pertaining to downloading and submitting proposals to this RFP may be directed to

Vendor Resources

Because NYCEDC’s projects are generally funded with public funding sources, working with NYCEDC on many of our projects requires the completion and submission of certain forms and documents. Click here to register with PASSPort, a database of information of vendors who do business with NYC, learn how to obtain proof of insurance, download Doing Business Accountability project forms, and more.

Addenda + Questions & Answers
  • Addendum #5 April 28, 2020
  • Addendum 4 January 27, 2020
  • Addendum 3 June 24, 2019
  • Addendum 2 January 3, 2019
  • Addendum 1 March 16, 2018
  • Q&A 6 January 24, 2020
  • Q&A 5 November 7, 2019
  • Q&A 4 January 28, 2019
  • Qualified Organizations List December 27,2018
  • Q&A 3 October 15, 2018
  • Q&A 2 June 25, 2018
  • Qualified Organizations List June 15, 2018
  • Q&A 1 March 22, 2018
  • Info Session Presentation February 27, 2018
  • Info Session Sign-in Sheet February 27, 2018

Have Questions?

For questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI:

For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI: