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Grants to Manhattan, New York Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and Cultural Institutions for Capital Projects

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

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02/20/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Manhattan, New York nonprofit organizations, city agencies, public schools, and cultural institutions for a broad range of capital projects serving borough residents. All applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with program staff prior to applying.

Every year the Manhattan Borough President provides funding in support of various important capital projects throughout Manhattan.

The President’s staff is currently seeking the broadest possible pool of applications for the next fiscal year’s capital funding projects. Capital grants are long-term investments in property or equipment, as opposed to expenses such as salaries, utilities, or consumables.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177515

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Minimum City Contribution:
-For real property projects, there must be a minimum City contribution of at least $500,000
-For movable property projects, each item or equipment system must cost at least $35,000, unless it is for initial outfitting of a new space.
-For projects involving movable property that has a minor degree of attachment to real property, the project must have a minimum City contribution of at least $250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding is available to city agencies, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, and public schools for projects serving New York City purposes.

If you are a nonprofit organization seeking City capital funding for a project that is not on City-owned land, you must meet the following requirements:

City Operating Contract:

The recipient organization must have one or more City operating contract(s).
-For real property projects, the organization must have a separate pre-existing contract with the City for operating funds in the current fiscal year (FY18) and the preceding two fiscal years (FY16 and FY17) with a minimum annual dollar amount of $50,000 each year. (This requirement does not apply to Cultural Projects).
-For movable property projects, the recipient must have a City operating contract in FY18 of at least $25,000. (This requirement does not apply to Cultural Projects.)

Ownership Requirement:

For projects involving real property (such as construction or renovation), the property must be used and owned by the recipient organization (i.e. not rented) except for:
-Cultural Projects
-Governmental-owned property
-Senior Centers
-Housing Projects in New York City Housing Authority property and Housing Projects identified with a housing loan program of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Useful Life:

The project must have a useful life of 5 years or more and be used for a City purpose for its entire useful life.

Other baseline standards detailed in the Guidelines for Capital Funding Request for Not-for-Profit Organizations.

If you are a city entity applying for a project on City owned land (including public schools, parks, libraries, etc.) the project must:
-Have a useful life of at least 5 years
-Have a minimum City contribution of $35,000

Pre-proposal Conference:

The President’s office will be conducting information sessions to educate applicants as to the capital process timeline and requirements. The following sessions are available:


Budget Session A (Schools)
December 6, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South

Budget Session B (Nonprofits)
December 7, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South


Budget Session C (Schools)
December 12, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
163 W. 125th Street-Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

Budget Session D (Nonprofits)
December 13, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
163 W. 125th Street-Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

For more information about these sessions and registration, please see "Capital funding available; find out how to apply" at the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

All groups that intend to apply for capital funding are strongly encouraged to meet with the Manhattan Borough President’s budget staff to discuss the proposed capital project. See Contact Information below for more information about scheduling a meeting.

All city entities requesting funding for capital projects occurring on city-owned property (including but not limited to public schools, parks, and public buildings) should complete the Manhattan Borough President’s Office City Capital Funding Application.

Please note that the application process for city capital projects to the Manhattan Borough President’s Office has changed. All applications must be submitted through the Borough President’s Grant Portal system. Each organization should only have one account; with your account, you are allowed to submit multiple applications. Please consult with the key personnel in your organization for Grant Portal access.

All nonprofit organizations seeking capital funding for projects (including Charter Schools on non-City owned property) must complete the New York City Capital Funding application through the NYC CapGrants Portal.

All cultural organizations that receive funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and are interested in requesting funding from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office must complete the application through DCLA’s website.

The deadline for all projects requesting funding from the Manhattan Borough President is February 20, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Additional guidelines for nonprofit applicants may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

To schedule a meeting with the Manhattan Borough President’s budget staff, please use the following form:

Borough President’s Grant Portal system (for city entities):

NYC CapGrants Portal (for nonprofit organizations)

Complete application through DCLA’s website (for cultural organizations):

If you are a non-city organization and you have questions, please contact:

Sania Ahmed, Capital Budget Analyst

If you are a city entity (public school, etc.) and you have questions, please contact:

Debbie Timothy, Capital Budget Analyst

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