GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully
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.
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.