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Reduce, Reuse, and Repair Grant

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 $2,000 to design and implement projects that will achieve innovative waste prevention, reuse, and repair goals for 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   |   crodriguez@citizensnyc.org

Carla: 212-822-9579


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Please make sure to read the full applications instructions on our website before filling out your grant application. You can find the application instructions by clicking here.

 

NOTE: If you are a past Reduce, Reuse, and Repair 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

● Community and neighborhood associations; individuals; non-profits; schools; professors, researchers, and student groups               at educational institutions; or for-profit small businesses 
● Projects must be carried out within any of the five boroughs of New York City 
● Previous grantees may apply to expand or continue past projects 
● Recycling projects are NOT eligible for a grant 
● Project supports local NYC-based waste reduction, reuse or repair  


Available Funds:

Small grants, ranging from $750 - $2,000 will be available to awardees 


Questions?

For more information, please contact Carla Naomi Rodriguez at 212-822-9579 or crodriguez@citizensnyc.org. Grants will be announced by October 21, 2019.


Grant Restrictions:

Funds should be used for equipment needed to carry out the project, fees for temporary staffing, marketing, and space rental. Funds cannot be used for personnel expenses. Awardees must assume all liability for their projects and sign an agreement governing the project. Please read the full application instruction at citizensnyc.org.

Selection Criteria:
●      Great promise for replication of the project 

●     Ability to realize goals of your project and our grant

●     Source 100% used/second hand materials for the project

●     Ability to express how this project could help lead to citywide reduce/reuse/repair programs

●     Ability to quantitatively track outcomes of the initiative (gather metrics)

●     Ability to replicate the model in other neighborhoods via written and shared materials 

●     Ability to educate target audience about the value of waste prevention, reuse and/or repair and produce

       measurable results

●     Ability to financially sustain the initiative/present a cost-effective model

●     Potential for increasing local diversion rate and value of repaired items

●     Potential for decreasing waste generation


Submitting an application is easy: You can do it! We discourage using a third-party grant-writer to prepare the application. Just follow the application instructions, which you can find on our website by clicking here and answer all the questions clearly and with enough detail. 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 2017, the program has granted over $50,576 to 33 reuse and repair projects in all five boroughs. 


Grant Goals:

      Increase reuse and / or repair of products and materials

●    Help create a culture of reduced consumption and waste

●    Increase repurposing of products for new uses

●    Support data collection and analysis of local reduce/reuse/repair capabilities and infrastructure

●    Increase understanding of reusability and repair of curbside discards

●    Support education initiatives, including training for repair and repurposing

●    Help create new reuse/repair/refurbishing jobs in NYC 

●    Bring reduce, reuse and repair to neighborhoods in all Community Districts across NYC

●    Increase awareness and education of reducing, repairing and reusing

●    Increase donation avenues which support waste prevention and reuse 



If you have any questions, please contact Carla Naomi Rodriguez at 212.822.9579 or crodriguez@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 Details
Online Presence

If your group is on the web, please list the links.
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
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.
 
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.
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SECTION 2: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR GROUP

Additional Group Details
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SECTION 3: TELL US ABOUT YOUR GROUP'S PROJECT


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.

Group Contact Information

Where in NYC will this project take place, specifically? Please list the address(es) where the project will take place (or cross streets if there is no address). Mail will not be sent there. 
Please remember to include an apartment number, if necessary.
 
In what neighborhood(s) and borough(s) is your project taking place? Select "citywide" for borough only if your group is truly carrying out the project in neighborhoods across the city.
Project 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 CONTINUED

Project Details
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 Carla Naomi Rodriguez:  212.822.9579  |  crodriguez@citizensnyc.org

Partnership Letter

If you are working with partners who will donate or lend to you materials or space that are critical to the mission of your project, please provide a letter validating this partnership.




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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. This should include outreach, planning, construction, work days, workshops, etc. 


Please keep in mind that your project should be completed within one year of receiving the grant. 
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 and how much you or your group is requesting from us. Please detail specifically all major expenses related to your project. We encourage applicants to make an effort to find free space for their projects. 


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 October. Grantees will be invited to a meeting (beginning early November) 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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