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NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund for Nonprofits

Grants to New York City Nonprofits to Provide Management and
Maintenance for Parks and Open Spaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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City Parks Foundation - NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund

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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations to manage and maintain parks and open spaces during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to impact high-needs communities and communities that have been affected by COVID-19. Joint applications with 2 or more organizations (with one identified as the lead recipient of funds) that propose to share services and/or solve problems jointly are encouraged.

Purpose of Fund:

To equitably provide support to nonprofit organizations of all sizes that provide essential maintenance, stewardship, public programming, and management for parks and open spaces across the five boroughs of New York City. 

Types of Support:

  • To cover organizational operations
  • To retain jobs in maintenance and operations to ensure adequate levels of care for public use of space
  • To retain jobs in programming that engages the public, especially new formats as necessitated by social distancing rules
  • To support current or re-envisioned volunteer or service project coordination and supplies
  • To employ vulnerable youth (Summer Youth Employment Program) and/or volunteers
  • To provide emergency-related needs (e.g., PPE, remote staff/volunteer training, etc.)
  • To support advocacy efforts related to NYC open space and parks funding
  • To support post-pandemic planning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189830

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $100,000 will be available to larger nonprofits. Multiple nonprofits applying together can access up to $150,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations with operating budgets over $10,000 are eligible for this application to 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. Examples of eligible applicants include:
-Park conservancies and alliances
-Park programming organizations
-NYC-based and focused park/open space advocacy organizations
-Friends of groups with budgets larger than $10k
-Organizations stewarding open spaces (including gardens, public plazas, water bodies, etc.)

-Electioneering, lobbying, and litigation are not eligible for funding. Capital expenses are also not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

-The deadline for organizations with operating budgets over $10,000 is due June 1. Funding will be disbursed on or about June 15. Projects must be completed within one year of funding receipt, with required reporting at 9 months and at project completion.
-It is likely that there will be additional funding awarded later in the year; those deadlines will be announced as they are determined.

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


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