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NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund for Nonprofits

Grants to New York City Nonprofits and Community Groups
to Promote the Importance of Parks and Open Spaces

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City Parks Foundation - NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund and New York Community Trust (NYCT)

Deadline Date:

01/19/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations and community groups to promote the importance of parks and open spaces. Funding is intended to address the need for systemic change in this sector. Projects should be mutually beneficial to all applicants and support collaboration between parks/open spaces, arts and culture, health, and environmental sectors. The NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund awards grants to nonprofits and community groups that provide essential maintenance, stewardship, public programming, and management of parks and open spaces across the five boroughs of New York City.

The Fund focuses on supporting innovation and systemic changes that will enable New York City to manage open space more effectively, equitably, efficiently, and collaboratively. 

Goal of Funding:

To support nonprofit coalitions/collaborative efforts from across the parks/open spaces, health, arts, and environmental justice sectors to address systemic challenges in the parks and open space network in New York City (NYC). The successful coalitions will be able to use these resources to 1) educate policymakers on the importance of open space and spur them to provide stable, sufficient funding, 2) identify opportunities to improve critical governance processes including capital planning, discretionary contracting, and maintenance/ operations, 3) support the development of a more holistic understanding among policymakers and park users of the broad range of benefits and ecosystem services provided by parks and open spaces, 4) encourage cross-sectoral collaboration and establish shared services for efficiency, and/or 5) develop recommendations and improve equity in access, capital planning, operations, maintenance, programming, and community engagement in parks.

For project ideas for the above key areas of interest, see page 2 of the instructions in Supporting Documents below.

Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Are well positioned to deliver on intended results and objectives and have the relevant relationships and experience needed to execute the proposed project
  • Have experience in leading a public awareness campaign if applying for such a project
  • Build a diverse coalition of strategic partners to inform and advance the project goals
  • Demonstrate a long-standing commitment to racial equity in operations and governance

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189830

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Funders will award approximately 2-3 grants of up to $200,000 and 3-6 grants of $50,000-$100,000, dependent upon funding available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants of $50,000-$100,000 are available to support pilot or demonstration projects, localized place-based work, and research efforts.
- Grants of up to $200,000 are available to support projects addressing complex systemic issues, raising awareness or increasing understanding of key issues citywide, and research projects that also include the development and implementation of strategies and advocacy campaigns.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds may be spent over a period of up to 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund will provide support to nonprofits and volunteer-led community groups that provide essential maintenance, stewardship, public programming, and management of parks and open spaces across the five boroughs of New York City. Organizations of all sizes are eligible for the Fund, with consideration given to budget and staff size, population and community served, amount of parkland maintained, and ability to serve as a resource to other organizations.

The Fund is looking for submissions from coalitions/partnerships involving New York City-based organizations.

Priority consideration will be given to coalitions or partnerships that include appropriate representation from the communities served. Members of the coalition or partnership should have a demonstrated history of managing funds from foundations or government and be aware of both funder and nonprofit lobbying restrictions.

This project embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socioeconomic status. The Fund strongly encourages applications from organizations that will help expand the perspectives and experiences it brings to its work.

Grant funds may not be used to support an organization’s overhead or facilities costs, to construct or renovate facilities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

No portion of the grant may be used to lobby or otherwise attempt to influence legislation or to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Interest Deadline: January 19, 2021, 11:59 pm, ET

Notification of grant awards is expected to be in mid-February 2021.

Only organizations designated as a lead organization will be able to submit LOIs for this funding opportunity. The submitting applicant can submit an LOI on behalf of a coalition or partnership.

A webinar info session video can be found on the URL for Full Text link below.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOI online:

Questions about this project and applications should be submitted by email to:
Emily Sherrod
Grant Administrator, City Parks Foundation

City Parks Foundation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 360-1399

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