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Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of up to $3,000 for community and school improvement projects carried out by unstaffed resident-led groups to address issues they identify as important to them.

 

From West Farms in the Bronx to East Elmhurst in Queens, the groups we support work on projects as varied as community gardening, visual and performing arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant and immigrant organizing, healing circles, physical fitness, public safety, and more!


On the following pages are the grant guidelines and application, Feel free to contact us for more information.



FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 www.citizensnyc.org/grants   |   grants@citizensnyc.org

Andre: 212-822-9595   |   Katie: 212-822-9567



Our grants are made possible through the generous support of: Allied World Assurance Company / Arkenstone LLC / Bank of America Charitable Foundation / Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Foundation / Bloomberg Philanthropies / BNY Mellon / Citi / Con Edison / David and Mildred Morse Charitable Trust / Google / H Partners / John A. Reisenbach Foundation / The Lily Auchincloss Foundation / Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation / Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. / National Grid Foundation / New York Women's Foundation / Patagonia / Pinkerton Foundation / Staten Island Foundation / Stavros Niarchos Foundation / TD Bank / The Perkin Fund / Wells Fargo Foundation

APPLICATION GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully

 

Applications are accepted from unstaffed resident-led 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.

 

Examples of projects we support 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.

 

Our 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 $40,000  //  religion-based initiatives  //  projects of staffed organizations  //  projects with admission or participation fees  //  groups that endorse or promote any form of bigotry or discrimination.  

 

We do not fund the following items: rent  //  utilities  //  insurance  //  501(c)(3) application fees  //  training fees  //  salaries  //  speaker honorariums  //  audio and visual equipment  // subscriptions  // back-to-school items  //  block parties  //  and computer equipment. We also do not fund projects, events, or activities with admission fees.

 

Public schools are exempt from the “unstaffed” and $40,000 criteria. However, we do 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. We prioritize Title 1 schools. 

Submitting an application is easy: You can do it! We discourage using a third-party grant-writer to prepare the application. Just follow the instructions and answer all the questions clearly and with enough detail. Describe a project to strengthen your community or public school and that can be carried out within ten months. Estimate how much it will cost and request a grant amount that accurately reflects that cost. It's as simple as that.


We look 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.

 

Upon completion of a group’s project, we will request a simple final report. Groups will also be required to submit receipts for expenses associated with the project. If your group has received a grant from us in the past and has not submitted a final report for that grant, we will not be able to consider your application.

 

Applications are accepted once a year, and must be submitted on-line via our website, e-mailed as a PDF file or Word document, mailed, or faxed by 11:59pm, January 21, 2019. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April 2019. Groups awarded a grant will be invited to a meeting at our office to discuss the project further and to pick up the grant check – meetings will begin in mid to late May.

 

We’re happy to answer questions about the application. We can also offer feedback on final draft applications submitted by January 4 to Katie Grassle at grants@citizensnyc.org. Please indicate that you would like feedback when submitting.  To learn more about us, visit www.citizensnyc.org and “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizensnyc. And feel free to call us: 212.822.9563.

CITIZENS COMMITTEE IS MORE THAN GRANTS

 

In addition to grants, we offer: 


Skills-Building Workshops to increase the capacity of grassroots/volunteer-led groups to carry out community improvement projects. Through our Neighborhood Leadership Institute, we conduct the following free workshops:

 

- Basics of Community Organizing

- Group Structure

- Media Tools

- Navigating City Government

- Grassroots Fundraising

 

Learn more about our workshops here.

 

Project Planning Assistance to increase your group's effectiveness and impact.  We're available to meet with core members of your group to brainstorm new project ideas, develop or improve strategies, design project evaluations or community surveys, address internal and external challenges, and much more. Schedule a visit for project planning assistance here.

 

Equipment Loan Library: We're happy to lend you equipment for community events or projects. Items we have include canopies, portable amplifiers, projectors, and a few more things. Have a look at our inventory here.

 

Neighborhood Resources Database: We've compiled a searchable list of our favorite neighborhood resources, from how-to guides to grant opportunities. Check out the list here.

 

Okay, now you're ready to move onto the application. Good luck!

PLEASE READ: This application form does not automatically save your work. We strongly recommend that you save your work frequently to avoid losing information.

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Before you start, please make sure that you've carefully read the grant guidelines on the previous pages. You can also refer to our FAQ and review our model application for guidance. 

 

 

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


APPLICATION

SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION

Group Information
Project Category
Contact Information


Please list two contact names for your group, including working phone numbers and emails. (Both contact persons should be able to discuss the application, as we may call for more information).

Contact 1
If awarded a grant, we will consider the person listed first as your group’s main contact person. We do not communicate with third party grant-writers.
Please make sure that there are no extra spaces within or after the email address, and that an "@" symbol is included.
Contact 2
This person must be different from Contact 1.
Please make sure that there are no extra spaces within or after the email address, and that an "@" symbol is included.
Group Contact Information

Please indicate a mailing address at which our grant notification letter can be received. (You must be able to receive mail at this address).
Please remember to include an apartment number, if necessary.


Please list the address where the project will take place, or cross streets if there is no address. (Mail will not be sent there).


If the project is taking place in more than one location, indicate a second address, or cross streets if there is no address.
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SECTION 2: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR GROUP

Group Details
 
In what neighborhood(s) and borough(s) does your group currently work? Select "citywide" for borough only if your group is truly working in neighborhoods across the city.
Online Presence

If your group is on the web, please list the links.
Group Budget
Enter a number

Please list all sources of funding that your group received in 2018­, including from Citizens Committee– indicate the sources and amount. Be sure to include names of foundations and corporations; government funding; membership dues; fundraising events; private donations, etc.

Source Amount
Enter only numbers, commas, or decimals. Do not enter '$' symbol.
Non-Cash Support

If yes, please list all sources and types of non-cash support that your group received in 2018 - indicate the source and the type of non-cash support. For example, donations of equipment, materials, space, etc.
Type of Support Source
Additional Group Details

For the neighborhood in which your project is taking place (project address), please indicate the information below. If you do not know the above information, please call 311  or  visit   www.mygovnyc.org

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SECTION 3: TELL US ABOUT YOUR GROUP'S PROJECT

Project Details


Please note that from this point forward, all the questions relate to the one specific project for which you and other members of your group are submitting this application.

              

Evaluation and Outreach
Expected Outcomes

Please indicate expected numbers for project outcomes. Indicate numbers for only the categories related to your project. Rough estimates and projections are fine.
Project leaders, project participants, actively engaged attendees of events or workshops, etc.
Square Feet = Length x Width
# of different households that drop off compost every month x 32 x the # of months of grant project
Size of rain barrel (in gallons) x the # of times it fills up over the grant period
Volunteers

Please list all volunteers who will participate in the project (include yourself) and the number of hours each person will contribute. 

Name of Volunteer Hours Committed
Photo Attachments


If your project aims to change a physical space, please attach a “before” picture of the space you want to convert. You may add up to three photos (file must be less than two megabytes and in one of the following formats: .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif).


If you cannot attach pictures, please contact Katie Grassle:  212.822.9567  |  kgrassle@citizensnyc.org

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Section 4 of 6: Work Plan & Timeline

Work Plan & Timeline

Provide us with a detailed work plan and timeline for your project implementation. If the project centers on a single event on a particular date, list all the steps involved in organizing and carrying out the event.


For an example of a work plan, please refer to our model application.
Task Completion Date Who is Doing Task?
Start Date: MM/DD/YYYY; Completion Date: MM/DD/YYYY
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Section 5 of 6: Project Budget & Requested Grant Amount

Budget

Tell us how much your project will cost - list all the items you will need to carry it out, including accurate estimates. Remember to read our application guidelines for what we do not fund. Please contact us if you need help creating or thinking through a budget.


Refer to our model application for an example of a budget: www.citizensnyc.org/grants/neighborhood-grants


Item Cost of Item Quantity Total
Enter only numbers, commas, or decimals. Do not enter '$' symbol.


Enter only numbers, commas, or decimals. Do not enter '$' symbol.


If awarded a grant, the grant may not equal the amount requested by your group, depending on whether budget items and amounts fall within our guidelines. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April. Grantees will be invited to a meeting (beginning in mid-May) to discuss the project further and to pick up the grant check.

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Section 6 of 6: How Did You Hear About Us?

How Did You Hear About Us?

Neighborhood Survey

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