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NYC Reduce, Reuse, and Repair Grant

Grants to New York City Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals,
and Groups to Promote Local Recycling

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Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

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Deadline Date:

09/16/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $750 to $2,000 to New York City nonprofits, for-profits, schools, individuals, groups, community and neighborhood associations, researchers, professors, and student groups to promote recycling and waste prevention. Applications are invited for innovative reuse and repair strategies within the borough.

The NYC Reduce, Reuse, and Repair grant program supports groups and individuals to start new reuse, repair, waste prevention or upcycling projects, undertake related research projects, or initiate other activities which will help lead to waste prevention or reuse and repair models that can be replicated in other parts of the city.

The goal of the grant is to help the City of New York reduce waste generation and reuse 100% of all discarded products that can be reused, repaired, refurbished, or salvaged for spare parts, with the balance being recycled. For more specific information about the goals of the program, see:

Funds can be used for:
- Equipment needed for collections and sorting, and/or repair (tools, manuals, and remanufacture equipment)
- Equipment for assessing product condition or measurement (e.g. working/non-working; weight, volume)
- Space rental for reuse or repair operations (if free space is not available)
- Fees for temporary staffing during the grant period
- Marketing and promotion grant-related reduce/reuse/repair projects and activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183855

Number of Grants:

Grants will be available to a small number of awardees.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $750-­­$2,000 will be available.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within a year of the grant announcement date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Community and neighborhood associations; individuals; non-profits; schools; professors, researchers, and student groups at educational institutions; or for-profit small businesses
- Projects must be carried out within any of the five boroughs of New York City
- Previous grantees may apply to expand or continue past projects
- Recycling projects are not eligible for a grant
- Project supports local NYC-based waste reduction, reuse, or repair

Grantees will be disqualified if they don’t meet all of the following criteria:
- Environmentally-preferable reduce/reuse/repair project (no recycling or composting projects!)
- Submitting a complete proposal as outlined in the application
- Need for funds for each aspect of the project is well justified
- Clear, detailed and reasonable work plan and timeline from start to completion of project must be presented

Funds cannot be used for:
- Personnel expenses such as meals, entertainment, and lodging
- Product marketing and sales that are not directly related to the grant project
- Insurance
- Permits
- Food and beverages
- New/virgin materials (unless there are no available secondhand options)
- Accounting
- Day-to-day operations costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Step 1:

A grant info session is a great place to get your questions answered about the application process and the eligibility of any specific project ideas! RSVP to the grant contact person to find out more information about the location of each session.
August 21. 11 AM – 1 PM. Manhattan.
August 22. 12 PM - 1:30 PM. Webinar.
September. Date and Time TBD. Manhattan.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is September 16, 2019, at 11.59 PM. Applications should be sent by email, in PDF or Word form to Katie Grassel.

Grants will be announced in October.

Grant questions are welcome prior to the deadline. If you would like feedback on your application or project planning assistance prior to submitting your final application, please reach out to Katie Grassle no later than August 16, 2019.

Applicants may apply to do more than one grant project in one grant cycle, but they must be independent of one another and will be judged separately.

Grantees applying for funding for the second time should expand upon what was learned in the first year in a meaningful way.


Contact Information:

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

Carla Rodriguez

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York