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Grants to New York City Organizations for Public School
Policy Change Campaigns to Benefit Diverse Students

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New York Community Trust (NYCT) - Donors’ Education Collaborative (DEC)

Deadline Date:

09/12/17 5:00 PM Electronic Submission and 9/13/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $70,000 to New York City organizations for policy change campaigns that will benefit minority, homeless, disabled, or ESL public school students. Priority will be given to projects that involve collaboration with researchers or research institutions, are informed by students’ perspectives, narratives, experiences, or recommendations, and that bring stakeholders from different communities or with different areas of expertise together.

Two levels of support are available:

- Up to $30,000 for a six-month planning grant to develop partnerships and collaborations in preparation for a policy campaign or initiative; or
- Up to $70,000 per organization, either as an individual applicant or for each organization in a multi-organization campaign or coalition, to carry out one year of a policy campaign or initiative.

Funding is intended for proposals for projects that will:

1. Improve public understanding of policies and patterns that contribute to disparate results for students, particularly Black and Latino students, those with disabilities, learning English, and/or struggling with poverty or homelessness who attend nonselective schools; and/or
2. Propose and advocate for policy changes that will immediately improve the lives of students in the system who attend schools that are ill-equipped to meet the diverse needs of New York City students (short-term solutions); and/or
3. Propose and advocate for policy changes that will provide all students with diverse and supportive learning environments, challenging curricula, and high-quality instruction (long-term solutions).

In developing proposals, applicants should consider the following:

- What policies or reforms would encourage a more accurate understanding of school quality that accounts for essential resources or resource needs, opportunities for diverse learners, responsiveness to communities, and inclusive practices?
- What policies limit opportunities or exclude some students from schools that offer challenging curricula and high-quality instruction? How can we shift those policies so that they create opportunities instead of limiting them? How can we ensure that all schools offer challenging curricula and high-quality instruction?
- What policies would ensure more equitable distribution of resources in the short- and long-term, particularly for schools with students who need more support?
- How will your proposal encourage greater coordination and cooperation between advocates, organizers, researchers, and other allies concerned with New York City public schools?

Except for planning grants, projects must:

- Be grounded in research and use a combination of advocacy, grassroots organizing, and/or constituency-building strategies;
- Advance specific systemic reforms that will improve the New York City public schools; and
- Strengthen participation in education policy by diverse communities and constituencies, particularly those who are most directly affected by policy decisions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139129

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $30,000 for a six-month planning grant to develop partnerships and collaborations in preparation for a policy campaign or initiative; or
- Up to $70,000 per organization, either as an individual applicant or for each organization in a multi-organization campaign or coalition, to carry out one year of a policy campaign or initiative.

Term of Contract:

Planning grants are intended for 6 months and policy campaign/initiative grants are intended for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations with proposals to benefit New York City public schools may apply.

DEC does not fund model programs, schools, or direct services, nor does it support lobbying of any kind. DEC also does not make grants for general operating support.

Pre-Application Information:

The majority of grants will be awarded according to the timeline below, but some grants may be awarded on a rolling basis after the deadline if funds allow.

2017 Timeline:

- August 28: Deadline for requests for extensions. Note that an extension of more than a few days will result in delayed notification of an award.
- September 12: Deadline for electronic/e-mail submission of electronic proposal cover sheet through the New York Community Trust web portal, cover e-mail, proposal narrative, and budget(s)
- September 13: Deadline for submission of hard copy proposals and supporting materials
- Week of September 25: Finalists notified of interviews and site visits
- Week of October 2: Interviews and site visits for finalists
- November 2017: DEC expects to notify applicants of decisions

Please note, in Supporting Documents below, you will find research presentations related to this RFP that may aid your proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Complete the cover sheet online:

Submit an electronic copy of the proposal narrative, project budget, and organizational budget in a single PDF by email to

Additionally, mail hard copies of the original document to:

Sheila Dinkins
The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022.

If you have any questions about this RFP or the grant application process, please contact Gisela Alvarez, Coordinator of DEC, at the email address above.

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