Professional Development Consulting Program

Guidelines and Instructions

CLMP is pleased to offer literary presses, magazines, and online publishers the opportunity to apply for grants to pay for 10 to 15 hours working with a professional consultant to implement a proposed project to help build organizational capacity. This program helps grantees identify and implement strategies for improvement in areas such as marketing, publicity, distribution, website development, fundraising, strategic and succession planning, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and overall operations.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicants located in New York State that received NYSCA funding for 2023 are ineligible.
  • Applicants must have published at least one title or issue within the past 18 months.
  • Applicants must have a consultant confirmed before applying.
  • Awarded amounts will be paid directly to consultants.
  • Applicants must be able to complete the consultancy by November 30, 2023.
  • Applicants must submit a final report to CLMP by December 15, 2023.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application and clarity of proposal
  • Feasibility of capacity-building project as described
  • Potential impact on organizational capacity and/or sustainability
  • Submitted work samples

Grants will be recommended by an independent panel of three individuals. Final grant decisions will be approved by a committee of the CLMP Board of Directors.


January 19, 2023: Application portal opens
February 17, 2023 (5PM EST): Application portal closes
April 11, 2023: Grants announced
April-November, 2023: Consulting period
November 30, 2023: Consultancies completed
December 15, 2023: Final reports due

Application Deadline

Applications were due on February 17, 2023, 5PM (EST). Late proposals will not be accepted.

If you require assistance identifying a consultant and/or would like to consult with CLMP staff about submitting an application, contact Director of Membership & NYSCA NYTAP Montana Agte-Studier: [email protected]. We encourage you to contact us before applying.


Information Session

Watch an Information Session about the Professional Development Consulting Program, held on January 19, 2023.


In New York State, the Professional Development Consulting Program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

In New York City, the Professional Development Consulting Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

The Professional Development Consulting Program also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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