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

NYC Plaza Program


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Funding Source
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 Electronic Receipt or Postmarked Save

Grant Description
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, NYC 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:

  1. Outreach
  2. Maintenance
  3. Insurance & Indemnification
  4. Design
  5. Programming & Events
  6. Budget

For additional information regarding partner responsibilities, see:

City agencies will be responsible for the following:

  1. Community Outreach Coordination
  2. Technical Analysis
  3. Design & Construction
  4. Site Inspection 

For additional information regarding agency responsibility, see:


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.

Additional Geographic Information:

For maps of priority areas, see:

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

Advertising is not permitted in the plazas.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, June 30th, 2023.

Organizations that have secured other, private or public, sources of funding are strongly encouraged to apply.

For a list of related links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Number of Grants
DOT will fund approximately one to two Permanent Materials Plazas, one to two Interim Materials Plazas, and up to ten One-Day Plazas in this round.

Term of Contract

Contact Information
E-mail submissions are preferred and should be sent to:

Post submissions should be mailed to:
Emily Weidenhof
NYC Plaza Program
55 Water Street, 6th FL
New York, NY 10041

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