Have a great idea for a community project. Through its Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee is awarding micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city.

Grant recipients are prioritized by projects and groups based in low-income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Citizens Committee is looking 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.

Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.

The deadline for applications is January 25, 2016. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by late April 2016.

Applications are accepted only once a year and must be submitted on-line via the Citizens Committee website, e-mailed as a Word or pdf file. No grant-writing experience is needed. In fact, support staff at Citizens Committee can offer feedback to final draft applications submitted by January 8. Contact Tehmina Brohi at 212.822.9563 or [email protected] for more information or if you have questions.

Groups awarded a grant will be invited to a meeting with us to discuss the project further and to pick up the grant check – meetings will begin in mid to late May.

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