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

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Citizens Committee for New York City

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Deadline Date:

01/21/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York City resident-led groups and schools for community improvement projects. Priority is given to Title I public schools and groups in low-income neighborhoods. Funding is intended for projects that engage local residents on a volunteer basis to improve the local quality of life.

Projects may engage with a variety of issues, such as environmentalism, physical fitness, arts and culture, beautification, food justice, education, and more.

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.

Examples of projects that are supported include community members working together to: make healthy food available in their neighborhoods; build rain harvesting systems; initiate art projects; transform empty lots into community gardens; organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions; and start school recycling programs.

The grants cover:

- Audio/Video equipment: If equipment is needed on an ongoing basis, and if housed in an accessible location (not a private residence)
- Equipment rental: Electric generator for an event, maximum of $200
- Space rental: Maximum of $500
- Instruments, bicycles, and other expensive items: If used on an ongoing basis and housed in accessible location (not a private residence)
- Stipends: For artists, performers, workshop facilitators, and/or youth. Maximum of $500 total, no more than $250 per person.
- Garden furniture: Maximum of $500
- Transportation: Maximum of $500 public transportation; maximum of $100 gas
- Food: Maximum of $500
- Tickets for performances: Maximum of $250
- Trophies or prizes: Maximum of $250
- CSA revolving loan shares
- T-shirts, jackets, and uniforms: Maximum of $350
- Printing: Standard paper: maximum between $250, posters/banners: maximum of $150
- Shipping costs: Maximum of $250
- Insurance: Maximum of $100

Whether or not you have received a grant, the Committee is here to support your community-building initiatives! The Committee offers free community organizing workshops, project planning assistance and equipment share. There is also a compiled, comprehensive list of neighborhood resources, from how-to guides to other grant opportunities to city services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176991

Estimated Size of Grant:

Micro-grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from resident-led and school groups based primarily in low-income neighborhood throughout New York City. Resident-led groups are groups working on a volunteer basis without paid staff.

Some examples of the types of groups that have been supported in the past are:
- Block associations
- Community gardens
- School-based groups
- Tenant organizations
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Arts and cultural organizations
- Sports leagues
- And more...

The Committee does not support direct-service projects, such as food distribution or individualized tutoring programs. The grants are also not for individuals, for-profit projects, businesses, organizations with paid staff, fraternal and partisan organizations, groups with an annual budget of greater than $40,000, or projects affiliated with staffed organizations.

Grants are not to pay individuals' salaries, pay fees to larger organizations, or provide direct service items.

The grants do not cover:
- Equipment rental
- Back-to-school supplies
- Subscriptions
- Conference fees
- Fundraisers
- Costs associated with trips
- Direct service projects
- Metal tree guards
- Computers or projectors
- Graphic design, web design, or web hosting
- CSA subsidized shares

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Citizens Committee for a Grant Information Session in your neighborhood or borough! Information Sessions will cover the structure of the Neighborhood Grant application, best practices for project planning, group and budget eligibility, and tips for a successful application. Make sure to check back often for updates to the below list:

Monday, November 19 | 6:00 PM | Manhattan | Workshop in English | RSVP to for location information.

Monday, November 19 | 6:00 PM | Queens | Workshop in English | RSVP to for location information.

Monday, November 26 | 6:00 PM | Staten Island | Workshop in English | RSVP to for location information.

Friday, November 30th | 6:00 PM | Queens | In partnership with Assemblyman Brian Barnwell; RSVP to for location information.

Wednesday, December 12th | 6:00 PM | Queens | In partnership with Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato; RSVP to for location information.

To RSVP and for information about workshop locations, please email André at, or call (212) 822-9595.

Pre-Application Information:

Early Submission for Review and Feedback: January 4, 2019; 11:59 PM

Deadline: January 21, 2019; 11:59 PM

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.

Apply online:

Andre Mozeak

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

Fax: 212-989-0983

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