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2020 Love Your Block Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to New York City Volunteer
Groups for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

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NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City

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Grants of up to $1,000 and in-kind services to New York City volunteer-led neighborhood groups, primarily representing low-income communities, for projects to improve their communities through local engagement and action. In addition to the cash grant, groups will be able to leverage designated City services.

Resident-led volunteer groups receive a grant and City services provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Sanitation of New York, and the Department of Environmental Protection to help improve their block. In addition to the grant and City services, groups receive project planning and community building assistance as well as support with local media coverage for the project.

The Love Your Block Grant is aimed at funding materials, basic equipment, and other items needed to make grassroots community-building block beautification projects happen. For all purchases, groups are encouraged to patronize local businesses, use reusable or compostable items, and build or make items rather that purchase them. You may be connected with other groups who have resources or expertise.

Groups must have a detailed action plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of the public spaces on their block. Specifically, each group must:

  • Identify a block beautification event and request the utilization of a minimum of two (2) City agencies as a core part of its Love Your Block project.
  • Be volunteer-led, without any paid staff. Eligible groups include, but are not limited to: neighborhood, tenant and block associations as well as community garden groups, public schools, and school-based groups (neighborhood groups cannot be supported by 3rd party organizations.)
  • Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the beautification of their block. Groups must provide a roster list of volunteers.
  • Send two main contacts from your group to a Love Your Block Grantee Orientation where they will meet with representatives from Citizens Committee for New York City, NYC Service, New York City Department of Transportation, Department of Sanitation, Department of Environmental Projection, and NYC Parks & Recreation.

As part of the grant, each group will receive support from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Sanitation (DSNY), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and NYC Parks & Recreation

Grants cover:

  • Equipment rental (Such tools needed for the project, a maximum of $100)
  • Gardening equipment, tools, hardware (If used on an ongoing basis and housed in an accessible location)
  • Transportation for materials or shipping costs (Maximum of $50)
  • Food (Maximum of $100)
  • Plants
  • Paint, lumber, project materials
  • Printing (Standard paper: maximum of $50)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162975

Estimated Size of Grant:

Groups can receive a grant of up to $1,000 and City services.

Term of Contract:

Project implementation must take place between April 11 and June 28, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from volunteer-led groups based primarily in low-income neighborhoods in all five boroughs of New York City. Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status.

Some examples of the types of groups that we have supported in the past are:
- Block associations
- Community gardens
- School-based groups
- Tenant organizations
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Arts & cultural organizations
- Sports leagues
- And more...

Direct-service projects, such as food distribution or individualized tutoring programs are not supported. Grants are also not for individuals, for-profit projects, businesses, organizations with paid staff, fraternal and partisan organizations, groups with an annual budget of greater than $40,000, or projects affiliated with staffed organizations.

Funds from the grant will not cover the following: block parties, fundraisers, trainings, metal tree guards, graphic design, web design, or web hosting, T-Shirts, stipends, garden furniture, rent, utilities, 501 (c)(3) incorporation fees, salaries, speaker honorariums or computer equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for 2020 Love Your Block Grant is available now. Apply by November 12th!


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

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For more information, contact Di at:
or 212-822-9563

Por favor ponerse en contacto con Paola si le necesita una aplicaciĆ³n en espaƱol:

If you have any challenges with accessing your application please contact James Garcia at: or (212) 676-9749.

Citizens Committee for New York City
77 Water Street, Suite 202
New York, NY 10005

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