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Citizens Committee for New York City, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer invite you to apply for a grant of up to $750 to start or expand a compost program in any of the five boroughs of New York City!  

 

Grants are awarded to community associations, community gardens, friends of park groups, schools, colleges and universities, private businesses, housing developments, and schools working on neighborhood composting programs.


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   |   kgrassle@citizensnyc.org

Katie: 212-822-9567


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NOTE: If you are a past compost 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 GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully

 

Eligibility Requirements:
Submit grant application by 11:59pm on September 16, 2019
●      Must be a community association, community garden, friends of park group, housing development group,   
       nonprofits
, school, college/university, hospital, or private business
Must be located within the five boroughs of New York City

Available Funds:

Small grants, ranging from $100-$750, will be available to awardees 


Questions?

For more information, please contact Katie Grassle at 212-822-9567 or kgrassle@citizensnyc.org. Grants will be announced by October 21, 2019.


Grant Restrictions:

Funds should be used for building or purchasing equipment and tools for a compost system as well as signage or other resources for community outreach.  Funds cannot be used for planning or personnel expenses. Awardees must assume all liability for their projects and sign an agreement governing the project. 

Selection Criteria:
Completeness of application in which all questions are adequately answered 
Ability to educate target audience about the value of composting
Ability to quantitatively track outcomes of the initiative (roughly measure the amount of food scraps diverted)
Ability to financially sustain the initiative/present a cost-effective model
Ability to implement project, i.e., site permissions, track record of group 

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 that begins or expands a composting project in your community. Estimate how much it will cost and request a grant amount that accurately reflects that cost. It's as simple as that.


Background:


The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), a citizen advisory board appointed jointly by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Council members representing districts in Manhattan, announces its 8th Annual Community-Scale Composting Grant to provide funding assistance for community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiatives across the city in 2019. 


The SWAB membership consists of individuals from community boards, recycling and carting industries, environmental organizations, property owners, tenant organizations and members of the general public. The MSWAB advises the Manhattan Borough President, City Council and City administration regarding the development, promotion and operation of the city’s recycling program. Recommendations for the city’s recycling program include methods to encourage greater participation, educate the public and increase waste diversion rates.


Citizens Committee for New York City works with a wide network of grassroots groups across the five boroughs, supporting resident-led groups working in low-income neighborhoods undertaking projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them. In 2018, we awarded over $1.9 million in grants and services and provided hundreds of hours of skills-building workshops and project-planning assistance to 461 resident-led groups. 


The Manhattan SWAB, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and Citizens Committee for New York City believe that organic waste diversion is central to the City’s goal of zero waste to landfills and incinerators by 2030.  Supporting community-based groups to compost in their communities helps reinforce this goal. In addition to decreasing waste to landfills and incinerators, the small-scale local processing of organic materials produces compost, a natural soil amendment, and delivers many environmental benefits to communities. Compost increases the nutrient content and moisture retention of soil and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Diverting organics from landfills also reduces the production of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) and leachate, a potential fresh water contaminates. Additionally, local organics separation and diversion can spur business opportunities, such as pedal powered micro-haulers and reduce costs associated with bagged landfill waste litter and cleanup.


Since its inception in 2011 the program has granted over $178,057 to 249 groups to undertake composting projects in their neighborhoods in all five boroughs.


Grant Goals:

      Provide funding assistance for community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiatives in all five boroughs

Encourage initiatives that utilize environmentally preferable alternatives to long-distance waste export while also reducing the harmful effects on climate from landfill methane release and protecting our drinking water from excessive nutrient runoff.

Promote initiatives that improve the living soil biology for gardens, parks, street trees, landscaping and incubate ideas that can establish economic opportunities within communities


 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Grassle at 212.822.9567 or kgrassle@citizensnyc.org.  All selections will be made solely by the members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) and Citizens Committee, and awards will be announced by October 21, 2019.



APPLICATION

SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION

Group Information
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. (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.
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.

Photo Attachments

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

              

Evaluation and Outreach
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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?
Completion Date: MM/DD/YYYY
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Section 5 of 6: Project Budget

Budget

Tell us how much your project will cost - list all the items you will need to carry it out, including accurate estimates. Please contact us if you need help creating or thinking through a budget. 


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?


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