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Grants to New York City Neighborhood Groups and Schools for
Community Projects in Low-Income Areas

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Funding Source:

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Citizens Committee for New York City

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Deadline Date:

01/22/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York City resident-led groups and schools for community improvement projects. Priority is given to Title I public schools and groups in low-income neighborhoods. Funding is intended for projects that engage local residents on a volunteer basis to improve the local quality of life. Projects may address a variety of issues, environmentalism, physical fitness, arts and culture, beautification, food justice, education and more.

Examples of projects include community members working together to: make healthy food available in their neighborhoods; build rain harvesting systems; initiate art projects; transform empty lots into community gardens; organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions; and start school recycling programs.

The Committee looks for projects that:

- Are developed and led by groups of individuals who directly experience the issues the project addresses
- Are clear and thoughtful
- Address important community concerns
- Contribute to building stronger communities
- Bring neighbors together
- Result in concrete improvements

Funding may cover:

- Audio/Video equipment needed on an ongoing basis, housed in a publically accessible location
- Equipment rental: Electric generator for an event, maximum of $200
- Space rental: Maximum of $500
- Instruments, bicycles, and other expensive items needed on an ongoing basis, housed in a publically accessible location
- Stipends: Maximum of $500 total, no more than $250 per person
- Garden furniture: Maximum of $500
- Public transportation: Maximum of $500
- Gas: Maximum of $100
- Food: Maximum of $500
- Tickets for performances: Maximum of $250
- Trophies or prizes: Maximum of $250
- CSA revolving loan shares
- T-shirts, jackets, and uniforms: Maximum of $350
- Printing: Maximum between $150 and $250
- Shipping costs: Maximum of $250
- Insurance: Maximum of $100

In addition to grant funds, your group is eligible for project planning assistance and skills-building workshops. Additionally, your group may access items from the funding source's Loan Library, including a portable amplifier, microphones, camcorders, projectors, digital audio recorders, and canopies. You do not have to be a grant recipient to receive these services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176991

Estimated Size of Grant:

Micro-grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Programs should be carried out within ten months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from resident-led and school groups based primarily in low-income neighborhood throughout New York City. Examples of such groups include: block associations, tenants associations, civic groups, community gardens, student groups, PTAs, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), arts and cultural organizations, sports leagues, and many others.

Groups may be long-standing, newly established, or in the process of forming, and are not required to have nonprofit or 501(c)(3) status.

These grants are not for:

- Individuals (including individual artists)
- For-profit projects
- Businesses (including businesses with non-profit projects)
- Organizations with paid staff
- Fraternal and partisan organizations
- Groups with an annual budget of greater than $40,000
- Religion-based initiatives/organizations
- Projects of staffed organizations

Public schools are exempt from the “unstaffed” and $40,000 criteria. However, Citizens Committee does not fund existing school curricula (e.g., materials for an art class), long-standing programs (e.g., annual school play), and programs of staffed non-profits based in the school.

Funding does not cover:

- Rent
- Utilities
- 501(c)(3) application fees
- Training fees
- Salaries
- Speaker honorariums
- Luxury items
- Audio, visual, or other equipment or rental
- Block parties
- Computer equipment or projectors
- Back to school supplies
- Subscriptions
- Conference Fees
- Fundraisers
- Costs associated with trips
- Direct service projects
- Metal tree guards
- Graphic design, web design, web hosting or development
- CSA subsidized shares
- Projects with admission or participation fees

Pre-proposal Conference:

You may attend an information session to learn more about the grant application process and get your questions answered. You are not required to attend an information session to apply for this grant.

See the updated schedule on the RFP URL and RSVP to the listed contact.

Pre-Application Information:

For feedback on final draft applications, submit the application by January 5, along with a request for feedback, to Shawn Whitehorn (see Contact Information below).

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April 2018. Groups awarded a grant will be invited to a meeting at the office to discuss the project further and to pick up the grant check – meetings will begin in mid to late May.

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Contact Information:

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

To RSVP for an informational session, call or email the listed contact on the RFP URL below.

Application drafts may be emailed to Shawn Whitehorn at For questions, email or call Shawn at 212-822-9563.

To apply online (preferred method):


Fax: 212-989-0983

Mail to:
Neighborhood Grants
Citizens Committee of New York City
77 Water Street, Suite 202
New York, NY 10005

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USA: New York City;   New York