Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is now accepting applications from volunteer-led community groups for its Neighborhood Grants program, which provides funding of up to $3,000 and project planning support for initiatives aimed at improving the local quality of life.

The application deadline is January 20, and grassroots organizations from across all the five boroughs are invited to apply.

“From the Bronx to Staten Island and everywhere in between, we have seen how New Yorkers can change their neighborhood for the better with a great idea and a little funding and support,” said Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City. “I urge residents to come together and apply for a grant to address an issue in their corner of the city, whether it’s more green space, access to fresh food, after-school or cultural programs, or any other idea to improve the quality of life for their neighbors.”

Organizations do not have to be a registered 501(c)(3) to receive an award from CCNYC. Eligible groups include block and civic associations, schools (PTAs, teachers, student-led groups), gardening groups, and others.

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded for neighborhood improvement projects planned and executed by local residents.

This year, as part of Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee is also awarding a small number of “catalyst” grants of up to $10,000 to groups on a growth trajectory looking to widen their impact.

Examples of eligible projects include turning a vacant lot into a community garden or community composting site; facilitating workshops on healthy cooking and eating; beautifying public spaces; arts and cultural programs; youth fitness initiatives; and much more. Groups working in the city’s most underserved and low-income neighborhoods will be given priority.

In addition to funding, groups selected for a 2020 Neighborhood Grant will receive project planning assistance, opportunities to participate in skills-building workshops, and access to CCNYC’s equipment resource library.

“This is a unique opportunity for residents and community groups to make a real difference in their neighborhood,” Kostmayer said.

Groups can access the application for 2020 Neighborhood Grants online at or by clicking here.

For more information about the application process or eligibility, or details about the catalyst grant program, contact Arif Ullah, Director of Programs, at or (212) 822-9580.


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