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Citizens Committee for New York City awards micro-grants to community building projects carried out by resident-led groups to address issues they identify as important to them.

 

Today, our grant making priorities focus on investing in communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is particularly ravaging communities of color in our city. Even as people of color are dying at nearly twice the rate as the rest of New York City, the people who make up these grassroots community groups are doing everything they can to protect their neighbors, friends, and family members.

 

Grassroots organizations responding to the immediate needs of struggling New Yorkers will receive unrestricted grants of up to $10,000 to open food pantries, distribute surgical masks, arrange elderly check-ins, or design other projects to meet their neighborhoods’ urgent needs amid the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program is a renaming of our keystone Neighborhood Grants program, which for decades has been awarding micro-grants to resident-led groups to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Grants supported projects in the arts, health, environmental justice, beautification, tenants’ rights, and more.

 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with multiple rounds of funding. Submit an application by noon on Thursday, April 22 to be considered for our next round of funding.

 

To learn more about this opportunity, RSVP for an information session here.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

www.citizensnyc.org/grantmaking |  grants@citizensnyc.org

 

Our grants are made possible through the generous support of: Citi / Con Edison / Google / Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation / National Grid Foundation / Nonprofit Finance Fund/ NYC Department of Youth and Community Development / Pinkerton Foundation / Staten Island Foundation / TD Bank / Wells Fargo Foundation

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

·      Food

·      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 grants@citizensnyc.org.

 

To learn more about us, visit www.citizensnyc.org and “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizensnyc.

APPLICATION

 

PLEASE RESPOND TO ALL THE QUESTIONS, following the same order as this application. NOTE: If you are a past CitizensNYC grantee partner, please fill out this application as if it were your first time applying for a grant from us.

 

For guidance on how to complete the application, we strongly encourage you to watch our grant orientation video here on our website.

 

Applications can be submitted online. You may save your response and return to the form later using the "Save and Resume" function. If you run into issues with our online platform and need to submit an application via Word or PDF, please email grants@citizensnyc.org with the subject WORD/PDF All IN NG APPLICATION.

 

**Before you begin working on the application, please make sure you have carefully read the application guidelines on the previous page, even if you have received a grant in the past.**

SECTION 1: BASIC INFORMATION

Group Information
Optional Programs
Open Streets Operations Partners – community groups responsible for the day to day execution of Open Streets (e.g. placing barriers, community outreach, etc.)
Open Streets Operations Partners – community groups responsible for the day to day execution of Open Streets (e.g. placing barriers, community outreach, etc.)
Open Streets Programming Partners – organization that provides some type of programming or activity that promotes the use of streets as programmable public space (performance, educational activity, etc.)
Contact Information
Group Primary Address
(Location of group/nonprofit or address of primary group leader if no physical space exists).
Please remember to include an apartment number, if necessary.
Group Website (if any)
Group Social Media


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).

Primary Contact
Please make sure that there are no extra spaces within or after the email address, and that an "@" symbol is included.
Primary Contact Home Address
Please remember to include an apartment number, if necessary.
Secondary Contact
Please make sure that there are no extra spaces within or after the email address, and that an "@" symbol is included.
Secondary Contact Home Address
Please remember to include an apartment number, if necessary.
Enter a number
Have you saved your work yet? Please do so by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to continue working on the application at a later time.

SECTION 2: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR GROUP

Group Details
Additional Group Details

For the neighborhood that your group primarily works in, please list the following:
 If you do not know the above information, please call 311 or visit www.mygovnyc.org
Have you saved your work? Please do so by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to continue working on the application at a later time.

 

SECTION 3: TELL US ABOUT YOUR GROUP’S WORK

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.
Project Details
Project Category
Additional Project Category

              

Evaluation and 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.
Work Plan & Timeline

Please indicate approximate dates for project start and project completion. Remember that our grant announcement will be made in late May.
MM/DD/YYYY
MM/DD/YYYY
Have you saved your work? Please do so by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to continue working on the application at a later time.

 

SECTION 4: PROJECT BUDGET AND REQUESTED GRANT AMOUNT

Budget
Tell us how much you would like to request. If awarded a grant, the grant may not equal the amount requested.
Enter only numbers, commas, or decimals. Do not enter '$' symbol.


Enter only numbers, commas, or decimals. Do not enter '$' symbol.
Have you saved your work? Please do so by checking the box at the top of this page. Remember to write down your username and password, as you'll need those to continue working on the application at a later time.
SECTION 5: DEMOGRAPHICS
Demographics

SECTION 6: HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT CITIZENS COMMITTEE?

How Did You Hear About Us?

Neighborhood/Community Survey

You're almost done! The hardest part is over. Click the submit button below and follow just a couple more steps.

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE COMPLETED THE APPLICATION!

Remember: Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late May 2021. Awarded groups will be invited to an online orientation to further discuss the grant projects and connect with other community leaders.

 

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Please note that in addition to grants, your group is also welcome to attend our CitizensNYC: LIVE series, and is eligible for project planning assistance and skills-building workshops. We can work with core members of your group to design strategies around a particular project or campaign as well as to develop mission statements, work plans, and effective ways to engage new members.