We are the leading organization in New York City to offer funding to grassroots groups—groups such as block associations, tenant associations, gardening groups, and groups that do not have a 501(c)(3) status— working on quality-of-life issues.

We support residents to work on specific projects that help to bring neighbors together, and on the issues that they identify as important to their communities.

Our Community Grants are up to $3,000 for community improvement projects ranging from community gardening and arts initiatives to tenant organizing and school recycling drives.  We prioritize grants to community-led efforts in low-income neighborhoods and Title I schools.  Our 2015 application will be published in the fall of 2014.  Questions? Contact Wilfredo at 212-822-9580.

Visit us at www.citizensnyc.org/grants to apply!

We offer a free Neighborhood Leadership Institute to help you mobilize your neighbors, raise funds (beyond our own grants), navigate city government, and more. We share stories, tools, and tips custom-tailored to meet the needs of grassroots groups—and listen to your experiences. Our upcoming winter series is starting soon! Questions? Contact Wilfredo at 212-822-9580.

Please visit us soon for our fall 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Institute schedule!

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Recent Meetups

  • June 28, 2014 · 10:30 AM

    Learn How to Build a Hoophouse (Greenhouse)

    2 Organizers

    Join us for a hands-on workshop that will lead you through the basics of building a hoophouse for your community garden. To register (free), please contact Wilfredo... Learn more
  • May 31, 2014 · 10:30 AM

    Learn how to garden with herbs

    5 Organizers | 5.00

    Join Hattie Carthan Herban Farm founder Farmer Yon in a participatory exploration of herbs in the urban landscape. Participants will learn how to work with common... Learn more
  • April 26, 2014 · 10:30 AM

    Learn How to Build a Rain Harvesting System

    4 Organizers | 5.00

    Rain, Rain Come This Way Learn How to Build a Rain Harvesting System Saturday, April 26 | 10:30am-2:30pm | Bushwick, Brooklyn This hands-on workshop will take you... Learn more
  • April 5, 2014 · 11:00 AM

    Navigating City Government

    2 Organizers

    Learn how city government functions and how to have your community issues addressed. RSVP required. Contact Wilfredo for details: [masked] or[masked]
  • March 25, 2014 · 6:00 PM

    To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3)

    3 Organizers

    In this workshop, we will explore the questions: What is 501(c)(3)? Does it make sense for your community group to apply for 501(c)(3) status? What is the difference... Learn more
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