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The New York Community Trust (NYCT) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit
New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The New York Community Trust (NYCT)

Deadline Date:

10/12/18 Receipt


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Grants starting at $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit communities in New York City, as well as Westchester County and Long Island. Funding will support programs that seek to benefit all New Yorkers, with an emphasis is promoting thriving communities, promising futures, and healthy lives.

The Trust funds a broad range of programs, from helping young people in poor neighborhoods to promoting equity in the arts, from making the environment healthier to improving public schools. The Trust understands that complex problems demand a variety of approaches.

Thriving Communities:

The Trust makes grants to groups that protect and create affordable housing, promote equity in the arts, improve civic engagement, and protect the environment. The Trust supports agencies working on these issues at the neighborhood level, as well as government and nonprofit institutions developing strategies. The Trust also support efforts to improve the functioning of nonprofits and government.

Program areas include:
-Arts and Culture
-Civic Affairs
-Community Development
-New York City Environment
-National and International Environment*
-Historic Preservation
-Technical Assistance

Promising Futures:

The Trust's grants build promising futures by helping young people thrive; providing job training and placement; making the educational and justice systems work for everyone; alleviating hunger and homelessness; improving family and child welfare services; and advancing the practice of social work.

Program Areas:
-Human Services
-Human Justice
-Jobs and Workforce Development
-Youth Development

Healthy Lives:

As health care changes, we’re helping providers deliver efficient, cost-effective services to all New Yorkers. The Trust supports projects that improve quality of care, strengthen health care providers, address costs and health disparities, and develop the skills and independence of people with special needs.

-Health and Behavioral Health
-People With Special Needs
-Biomedical Research
-Animal Welfare

The Trust funds programs that promote change in policy or systems, build capacity of organizations, and provide direct service.

*The Trust conducts a separate, two-step application process for the National and International Environment Program, starting with an LOI.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178071

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants usually range from $5,000 to $200,000; an average grant is around $80,000.

Term of Contract:

You may apply for more than one year, although the general practice is to make grants for one year. You should be sure to make the case for multi-year funding in your proposal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust makes grants to both nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Most of the Trust’s competitive grants go to public charities, or groups sponsored by one. In some cases, the Trust will support organizations headquartered outside the City. The Trust’s environmental and social work education programs are national. Grantees or fiscal agents should meet the governance and financial standards of the Better Business Bureau, including a board of directors with at least five members, and no more than one paid board member.

The Trust does not make grants to individuals, or for general operating support, capital and building campaigns, endowments, equipment, deficit financing, or religious purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

Often, a grant from The Trust cannot fully support a project, so applications must indicate where the rest of the money will come from.

You may submit a proposal anytime. The Trust builds in a long lead time for review of proposals and preparation of grant recommendations, leading to five board meetings each year. Program officers weigh many considerations in preparing a group of grant recommendations and cannot promise that any proposal will be considered at a particular board meeting. The dates in the table below indicate when applicants can expect to hear about a decision on their grant application.

Applicants should go to the Grant Portal, read the Guidelines for Grant Seekers, and start the application process by completing the Proposal Cover Sheet. Once you have submitted the cover sheet, the full proposal needs to be postmarked within one business day and sent in hard copy to the address below.

-Grant applications received by: February 9, 2018
-Decision notification sent no later than: October 12, 2018

-Grant applications received by: May 2, 2018
-Decision notification sent no later than: December 12, 2018

-Grant applications received by: October 12, 2018
-Decision notification sent no later than: April 10, 2019

For more information about program areas, strategies, and priorities, please review the Guidelines for Grantseekers:

Contact Information:

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

Proposal Cover Sheet (online application):

Sheila Dinkins, Grants Administrator
(212) 686-0010 x554

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: Long Island and Westchester County