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Citizens Committee for New York City invites your community group to apply for a Catalyst Grant to increase your capacity and impact. Catalyst Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and are for groups aiming to expand their work and grow into a staffed organization in the next few years. Only a handful of Catalyst Grants will be awarded.


The application deadline is January 20, 2020.


APPLICATION GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully

 

Applications are accepted from resident-led groups based primarily in low-income neighborhoods across NYC. Examples of such groups include: advocacy organizations (environmental, women, health, LGBTQ, etc.), coalitions and alliances, arts and culture initiatives, student groups, and many others. Groups may be long-standing or recently established, 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 nutritious food available in their neighborhoods and educate community members about healthy living; engage youth in writing and theater workshops to teach them about the environment; organize women to advocate for greater access to contraception and healthcare; create forums for skills-exchanges focused on environmental stewardship; and many other types of projects that you deem important to your community.


Our grants are not for:

  • individuals (including individual artists)
  • for-profit projects
  • businesses (including businesses with non-profit projects)
  • organizations with more than one paid staff member
  • 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 $150,000
  • religion-based initiatives
  • projects of large staffed organizations
  • projects with admission or participation fees/groups that endorse or promote any form of bigotry or discrimination


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...APPLICATION GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully


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 and that can be carried out within one year. Estimate how much it will cost and request a grant amount of up to $10,000 that accurately reflects that cost. It's as simple as that. Click here for the budget guidelines.


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.

 

In addition to the Catalyst Grant, your group will receive capacity building consulting services from Citizens Committee tailored to your goals and needs. Among other things, we offer input on strategy, short and mid-term organizational growth, board and membership development, group structure, and community outreach. You will be expected to meet with us at the start and middle of the project. You will also be invited to participate in our community organizing workshops.

 

We’re happy to answer questions about the application.  Feel free to contact Arif Ullah at aullah@citizensnyc.org  //  212.822.9580    To learn more about us, visit www.citizensnyc.org and “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizensnyc.

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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, digital audio recorders, etc. 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!

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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.


Please note that our office is closed for Martin Luther King Day on January 20, the day of the application deadline. If you have any questions, please contact us by Friday, January 17. If you run into any technical problems with the online application, don't worry. We can help when we return to the office on January 21. Please take a screenshot of the technical error before the deadline time and date. Thank you and good luck!

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. (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.
Mailing & Project Addresses

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(es) where the project for this grant 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.
Neighborhood
 
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 of 6: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR GROUP

Group Details
Online Presence

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

Please list all sources of funding that your group received in 2019, 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.
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 of 6: TELL US ABOUT YOUR GROUP'S PROJECT

Project Details
Project Category
Evaluation & 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.


Task Completion Date Who is Doing Task?

Please indicate approximate dates for project start and project completion. Remember that our grant announcement will be made in late April and you will be expected to meet with us at the start and middle of the project.
MM/DD/YYYY
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.


Before you begin working on the budget, please make sure to review the budget guidelines at this link. If you have budget questions, please contact Arif Ullah:  212.822.9580  //  aullah@citizensnyc.org


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. 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, receive additional support, and 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/Community Survey

You're almost done! The hardest part is over. Please review your application and make sure you've answered all the questions, then click the submit button below and follow just a couple more steps.