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Grants to New York City Community Groups and
Schools for Projects to Improve Low-Income Areas

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Citizens Committee for New York City

Deadline Date:

01/20/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of to New York City resident-led groups and schools for school and community improvement projects. Priority is given to Title I public schools and groups in low-income neighborhoods. Funding is intended to support projects that engage local residents on a volunteer basis to address pressing issues.

Examples of funded projects include community members working together to: Make healthy food available in their neighborhoods; build rain harvesting systems; transform empty lots into community gardens; organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions; hold a theater performance with audience participation or followup discussions; start school recycling programs, etc.

From West Farms in the Bronx to East Elmhurst in Queens, the groups who are awarded funding work on projects as varied as community gardening, visual and performing arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant and immigrant organizing, healing circles, public school recycling drives, physical fitness, public safety, and more.

The Citizens Committee looks for projects that are developed and led by groups of individuals who directly experience the issues the project addresses; are clear and thoughtful; address important community concerns; contribute to building stronger communities; bring neighbors together; and result in concrete improvements.

Grants are aimed at funding materials, basic equipment, and other items needed to make grassroots community-building projects happen. For a detailed list of funded items, see the Budget Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.

A handful of 'Catalyst' grants will also be awarded for groups that are aiming to expand their impact and grow into a staffed organization over the next few years.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176991

Estimated Size of Grant:

Through the Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of up to $3,000.

For maximum allowable requests for various grant item categories, see the Budget Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.

Catalyst grants range from $6,000 and $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects for which funds are requested should be carried out within ten months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from resident-led groups* and school groups based primarily in low-income neighborhoods across NYC. Examples of such groups include: Block associations, tenants’ associations (including NYCHA), civic groups, community gardens, student groups, PTAs, and many others. Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status.

*Resident-led groups are groups working on a volunteer basis without paid staff.

Grants are not for:

- Individuals (including individual artists)
- For-profit projects // businesses (including businesses with non-profit projects)
- Organizations with paid staff
- Direct service or social work projects (e.g., job trainings, soup kitchens, or legal aid)
- Fraternal and partisan organizations
- Groups with an annual budget of greater than $70,000*
- Religion-based initiatives
- Projects of staffed organizations
- Projects with admission or participation fees
- One-day events without audience/attendee participation or community building activities
- Groups that endorse or promote any form of bigotry or discrimination.

*Public schools are exempt from the $70,000 criteria. However, the Committee does not fund existing school curricula (e.g., materials for an art class), long-standing programs (e.g., annual school play), and programs of staffed non-profits based in the school. Title 1 schools are prioritized.

The following items are not funded: Rent, utilities, 501(c)(3) application fees, training fees, salaries, speaker honorariums; audio, visual, and computer equipment for personal use; subscriptions, back-to-school items, and block parties. For a detailed list of non-funded items, see the Budget Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a grant info session:
Tue., Oct. 8, 6:00 PM // Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn
Tue., Oct. 29, 6:30 PM // Queens Central Library, Queens
Mon., Nov. 4, 6:30 PM// Brooklyn Central Library, Brooklyn
Tue., Nov. 26, 6:30 PM // Jamaica, Queens
Wed., Dec. 4, 6:30 PM // Flushing, Queens
Thu., Dec. 12, 12 PM // Webinar
Thu., Dec. 12, 6 PM // East New York, Brooklyn
Tues., Jan. 7, 6:00 PM // Webinar
Tues., Jan. 14, 6:0 PM // East New York, Brooklyn

To RSVP and for exact locations, please contact Paola.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted once a year, and can be submitted via an on-line form, e-mailed as a PDF file or Word document, mailed, or faxed by 11:59 pm, January 20, 2020. Grants that are hand-written can be faxed or mailed.

Feedback may be offered on final draft applications submitted by January 3 to Katie Grassle. Please indicate that you would like feedback when submitting.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April 2020. Groups awarded a grant will be invited to a meeting at the office to discuss the project further and to pick up the grant check – meetings will begin in mid to late May.

If you are a past Citizens Committee grantee: 1) Please fill out the application as if it were your first time applying for a grant from the Citizens Committee; 2) If you received a grant from the Committee in the past three years, please check that you submitted a final report for those grants. The Committee is not able to consider your application otherwise.


Eligibility Requirements Video:

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be submitted online, or by mail, email, or fax to:

Citizens Committee for New York City
77 Water Street, Suite 202
New York, NY 10005
Fax: 212-989-0983

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