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NYC Plaza Program

Opportunity for New York City Organizations to Design
and Maintain Public Spaces and Pedestrian Areas

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New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 Postmarked


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Opportunity for New York City organizations to design, develop, and maintain public spaces and pedestrian areas, with an emphasis on sites in neighborhoods that lack open space. Funding may be used for the creation of neighborhood plazas that upgrade underused public areas and transform them into accessible, vibrant public spaces or easily walkable destinations. DOT will fund the design and construction of the plaza, and apply funds directly to selected plaza projects.

With community input through public visioning workshops, DOT assists partners in developing a conceptual design appropriate to the neighborhood. A professional team of designers then uses the conceptual design to create formal plans. Partners are involved throughout the design process. Possible amenities may include tables and seating, trees and plants, lighting, bike racks, public art, and drinking fountains.

Partner organizations are responsible for the following:

  • Outreach
  • Design
  • Budget
  • Insurance and indemnification
  • Maintenance
  • Programming and Events

For additional information regarding partner responsibilities, see:

Applications are reviewed and evaluated according to the City's strategic goals as presented in PlaNYC and site-specific criteria, including:

  • Open space: whether or not the neighborhood has an insufficient amount of open space
  • Community initiative: the extent to which the applicant had developed and executed a community outreach plan, built consensus for the site, and solidified local stakeholder support
  • Site context: the proposed site's appropriateness to the adjacent land uses, population density, proximity to transit, safety, and other nearby open space.
  • Organizational and maintenance capacity: the extent to which the applicant is willing and able to program activities, maintain, operate and manage the plaza once it is built
  • Income eligibility: applicants received additional points for proposals located in neighborhoods that qualify as low- or moderate-income as designated by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development as eligible for Community Development Block Grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174586

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NYC Plaza Program is open to all organizations in any area of the City.

Applicants must be:
- Organizations operating in any of the five boroughs of New York City
- Incorporated in New York State and compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements
- Located near or have a mission that serves or relates to the geographical target area of the proposed plaza.

Applications for plazas in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods, designated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) eligible, will receive 10 additional points.

Applications for plaza sites that are less than 2,000 square feet are not encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Any organization interested in applying to the Plaza Program must submit an application to NYC DOT no later than Monday, November 30, 2020. This deadline has been extended further to account for the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Applicants must demonstrate local support for the proposed plaza by providing at least 8 letters of support from community stakeholders, including but not limited to adjacent properties/businesses, nearby institutions (such as churches or schools), elected officials, other not-for-profit groups, neighborhood or block associations, and neighborhood residents.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit the application by e-mail or post mail; e-mail submissions are preferred:

Emily Weidenhof
Director of Public Space
NYC Department of Transportation
55 Water Street, 6th FL
New York, NY 10041
Tel: (212) 839-4325

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