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Grants to New York City Nonprofits and
Groups to Enhance Community Parks

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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City Parks Foundation and Partnerships for Parks (PfP)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/01/20 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations, and community groups to improve the care of local parks. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to help care for local neighborhood parks by strengthening the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of community groups. Grants may be given for project support or for publication or website development.

Project Grants:

  • This grant is seed money for volunteer-run groups working with Partnerships for Parks who do not have existing staff, are new to the grant application process, have limited budgets, or do not have an established track record in fundraising.
  • This grant covers outreach and materials for hands-on service projects or programming that cultivate long-term stewardship of green spaces. It can also cover general promotional materials for groups and their activities, and infrastructure-related costs such as 501(c)(3) filing fees for groups who demonstrate more advanced fundraising capability.

For project priorities and examples, see the Guidelines:

Publication or Website:

  • This grant covers expenses related to working with the Fund's art director to create a publication or website. All design services will be included in the grant package as well as printing costs where applicable, and any additional resources required up to $3,000.
  • If your group can cover the cost of printing fees, you may submit this application for the PfP art director’s design services only.

For details on eligible projects and priorities for funding, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179833

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant provides up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded projects and activities may only begin after awards are announced. Grant activities must be completed within one year of receiving the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Park and community groups proposing projects for NYC Parks property throughout the five boroughs are eligible to apply. If you are not part of a group, you are strongly encouraged to include a letter of recommendation from the group supporting the park in which you are proposing to do your project.

Groups who lead projects or programs that engage the community, expand the group’s capacity to serve as long-term stewards of green spaces, and are free and open to the public may also apply.

Eligibility for websites and publication grants:
- Groups who have a minimum of three to five members who meet regularly.
- Groups who work with their PfP outreach coordinator or participate in other PfP programs. While applicants are welcome who are new to PfP, a publication or website is not the ideal first project.
- Groups who have an active e-newsletter system and at least one active social media outlet.

Applicants are not required to have 501(c)(3) status, but if groups are not 501(c)(3) organizations or do not have an outside fiscal sponsor, grants funds can only be accessed by reimbursement or paid invoice directly to vendors.

Not Funded:
- Publications or websites for groups who are not longterm stewards of an NYC Parks property.
- Projects that are not on NYC Parks property.
- Equipment such as computers, printers, laptops, or tablets.
- Fundraisers or materials that will be sold for profit.
- Capital improvements to parks.
- Staff time. It is the expectation that the programs will be run primarily by volunteers or, in cases of paid non-profit staff, that salaries come from a different source. Exceptions are made for outside consultants such as educators or performers who provide a needed service or expertise and intern stipends when projects provide meaningful youth employment related to parks.
- Local travel.
- Overhead costs like rent, general liability insurance, utilities, etc

Pre-proposal Conference:

Capacity Fund Grant Info Session Webinar
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
- 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

Registration for this session is required and will close the day before the event. You will receive information on how to join the webinar once you register.
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If you have any questions, please contact Becca Cohen at

Pre-Application Information:

The application process should not begin with submitting the proposal. Applicants must first speak with the Outreach Coordinator or Catalyst organizer to discuss the project and the group’s goals.

Round 1
- Application deadline: March 15, 2020
- Earliest Notification of Decisions: May 31, 2020

Round 2
- Application deadline: November 1, 2020
- Earliest Notification of Decisions: January 31, 2021

All submissions (emailed or mailed) must be received by 11:59 PM on the due date. Late applications postmarked on the due date will not be accepted.

Expect to hear about the funding decision roughly ten weeks after the deadline. Grant funded projects and activities may only begin after awards are announced.

Contact Information:

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

City Parks Foundation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065

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