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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 the application itself.  Feel free to contact us for more information:


Shawn: 212.822.9563  |  Katie: 212.822.9567      grants@citizensnyc.org  |  www.citizensnyc.org


Our grants are made possible through the generous support of:  Alcoa / Allied World / Alvarez & Marsal / Bank of America Charitable Foundation / Barbara and Tom Israel / Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Foundation / Bloomberg Philanthropies / Bloomingdale’s / Booth Ferris Foundation / Citi / Con Edison / Vanessa and Henry Cornell / David and Mildred Morse Charitable Trust /­ Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP / DLA Piper / Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer / Richard A. and Susan­ P. Friedman / Houlihan Lokey / HSBC Bank USA, NA / John A. Reisenbach Foundation / Lucas Joynt / The Marc Haas Foundation / Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation / National Grid Foundation / Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich / New York Women’s Foundation / Andrea and Joel Press / Staten Island Foundation / Stavros Niarchos Foundation / TD Bank / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP / 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, 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 neighbors working together to: make healthy food available in their communities; 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 also do not fund the following items: rent // utilities // insurance // web hosting and development // 501(c)(3) application fees // training fees // salaries // speaker honorariums // luxury items // audio and visual equipment // subscriptions // back-to-school items // block parties // and computer equipment.


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 also do not fund the following items: rent, utilities, web hosting and development, 501(c)(3) application fees, salaries, speaker honorariums, luxury items, audio/visual equipment, subscriptions, back-to-school items, block parties, and computer equipment.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES – Continued

           

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; speak to 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 23, 2017. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April 2017. 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.

 

In addition to grant funds, your group is eligible for project planning assistance and skills-building workshops.  We can work with core members of your group to design strategies around a particular project or campaign as well as to develop mission statements, work plans, and effective ways to engage new members.

 

Additionally, your group may access items from our Loan Library, including a portable amplifier, microphones, camcorders, projectors, digital audio recorders, and canopies. We can also refer you to other relevant resources. You do not have to be a grant recipient to receive these services.

 


We’re happy to answer questions about the application. We can also offer feedback on final draft applications submitted by January 6 to Shawn Whitehorn 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 Share: 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.

You can save your work and resume later by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to  continue working on the application at a later time.

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


NOTE:

1. If you are a past Citizens Committee grantee, please fill out this application as if it were your first time applying for a grant from us. The readers of the application may not be familiar with your group or the good work you do.


We are unable to consider your application if you have not submitted final reports for projects awarded a grant in the last three years. 



Feel free to contact us if you have questions. Good luck completing the application!



APPLICATION

Section 1 of 6: General Information

Group Information
Contact Information

Please list two contact names for your group, including working phone numbers and emails. These are individuals who would play an active role in carrying out the project. (Both contact persons should be able to discuss the application, as we may call for more information). 

Contact 1
If awarded a grant, this person will be your group’s main contact for the duration of the grant. 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.

If not, list an address in this neighborhood (mail will not be sent there).


Have you saved your work yet? Please do so by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to return to the application at a later time.

Section 2 of 6: Tell us more about your group

Group Details

In what neighborhood(s) does your group work?

 
Online Presence
https://

 

Cash Funding

If yes, please list all sources of cash funding that your group received in 2017 (including Citizens Committee grants) - indicate the source and the amount. Be sure to include membership dues, funds raised at events, government funding, private donations, etc. 

Source Amount
Sources of Cash Funding
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 2017 - indicate the source and the type of non-cash support. For example, donations of equipment, materials, space, etc.
Type of Support Source
Sources and Types of Support
Additional Group Details

Please list the information below for you neighborhood. If you do not know, please call 311 or visit www.mygovnyc.org.

Section 3 of 6: Tell us about your project

Project Details

Please note that from this point forward, all questions relate to the one specific project for which your group is submitting this application, and not to your group as a whole.

              

     

Evaluation and Outreach

    

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*
Volunteers
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 Shawn Whitehorn:

212.822.9563  |  swhitehorn@citizensnyc.org

Section 4 of 6: Work Plan & Timeline

Provide us with a detailed workplan 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
Enter Month/Date/Year
Responsible Person(s)

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. (NOTE that we do not fund rent, utilities, web hosting and development, 501(c)(3) incorporation fees, salaries, speaker honorariums, luxury items, block parties, audio/visual equipment, subscriptions, back-to-school items, and computer equipment).


For an example of a budget, please refer to our model application.

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


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

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April. Groups awarded a grant will be invited to a meeting with us to discuss the project and to pick up the grant check – meetings will begin in mid May.

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



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