APPLICATION GUIDELINES – Please Read Carefully
Applications are accepted from resident-led groups and nonprofits based in any of New York City’s five boroughs. Examples of such groups include: block associations, tenants’ associations (including NYCHA), civic groups, community gardens, student groups, PTAs, and staffed nonprofits. 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 the work we support include community members working together to: make healthy food available in their neighborhoods; deliver food to neighbors; lead physical fitness and mental health classes; check-in and support seniors or other vulnerable community members; lead virtual block association meetings; create an education pod for local youth; create face masks and distribute to community members; engage youth in local organizing initiatives; revitalize a school garden and more!
Who should apply?
Grassroots community organizing groups doing work that:
· are developed and led by groups of individuals who directly experience the issues the project addresses
· addresses important community concerns
· brings neighbors together and contributes to building stronger communities
· has a strong vision for social justice and is committed to working towards movement building
Funding Priorities: CitizensNYC quickly shifted the focus of funding priorities after findings of a survey we conducted of our extensive grassroots network highlighted urgent priorities across the city:
· Financial assistance
· Youth and education initiatives
· Care for older adults
· Mental health care
· Physical health care
· Community/police relations
· Race/community relations
We will be prioritizing funding to groups doing work in one of the urgent priorities as reported in our survey. We will also prioritize groups that have a budget of $70,000 or less (public schools are exempt from the $70,000 criteria).
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; and bring neighbors together.
Upon completion of a group’s project, we will request a simple final report.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be submitted via an online form. Finalists will be invited to complete a supplemental application form.
We’re happy to answer questions about the application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about us, visit www.citizensnyc.org and “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizensnyc.