CAPACITY FUND GRANT APPLICATION

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OVERVIEW

The Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant provides small grants of up to $3,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of community groups who care for their neighborhood green spaces in all five boroughs of New York City.


Generous private support is provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Altman Foundation, and the MJS Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson through the Parks Equity Initiative. Supporting sponsor TD Bank. 


GUIDELINES & ELIGIBILITY 

Please review grant guidelines and eligibility requirements before starting the application.


We offer three types of grants: 

  • project - funding for small scale beautification projects, programming, outreach, and/or group development [guidelines]

  • website - funding to have your group's website created or updated by PfP's art director [guidelines]

  • publication - funding to have a publication created for your group by PfP's art director [guidelines]

In order to be eligible for project funding, all proposed projects must:
  • Take place on NYC Parks property
  • Be free and open to the public
  • Be supported by a group with two or more members
In order to be eligible for website/publication funding, all groups must:
  • Be free and open to the public
  • Support work associated with an NYC Park property
  • Have a minimum of 3-5 members who meet regularly
  • Have an active e-newsletter system and at least one active social media outlet
  • Be actively working with their PfP outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer
The Capacity Fund Grant cannot be used to support the following:
  • Equipment - such as computers, printers, laptops, or tablets
  • Fundraisers or materials that will be sold for profit
  • Capital improvements to parks
  • Local travel
  • Overhead costs - such as rent, general liability insurance, utilities, etc
  • Staff time - it is our expectation that programs we fund will be run primarily by volunteers. In cases of paid non-profit staff, salaries must come from a different source. *Exceptions are made for outside consultants such as educators or performers who provide a needed service or expertise; and intern stipends when projects provide meaningful youth employment related to parks. 

For any questions regarding the grant guidelines, application, or issues with submitting your proposal contact: Grants@cityparksfoundation.org or call 212-602-5349. 

Great, let's get started...


Grant Type
Please note: you can only submit one type of Capacity Fund Grant application per round.
A Note about Website and Publication applications: 
Website and Publication applications are specifically for working with PfP's Art Director and is not for funding an outside design consultant. If you would like to work with an outside design consultant, you must apply through the Project application. 

PLEASE NOTE: Based on your choice to engage an external design consultant, you should apply through the "Project" grant application. Please change your previous answer to Project in order to complete the correct application.

If you have any questions about this, please reach out to grants@cityparksfoundation.org

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Capacity Fund Grant. Please complete the following information in order to submit your application. 

As you work on your application, please note: 
  • You must complete all *required* fields. You will not be allowed to submit the application if there is a missing required field. 
  • Some sections have multiple questions in a field, please make sure to address all questions listed. 
  • You have the option to "save and resume" your application.  
  • If you would like to have your application draft reviewed before final submission, save your draft and email grants@cityparksfoundation.org by November 1, 2019
  • If you have any questions or issues while working on your application, please email grants@cityparksfoundation.org
  • Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 15, 2019

Step 1: Group Name


Please type the name of they park this proposal will support.


Step 2: Applicant Information






Please use state abbreviation.









Step 3: E-Newsletter, Social Media, and Website

Please enter all applicable media outlets your group uses. 







Step 3: E-Newsletter, Social Media, and Website

Please note:
E-newsletter information and at least one media account must be listed.








Step 4: Collaboration With Partnerships for Parks (PfP)



250 words or less

Step 5: Group Status



If awarded, groups with 501(c)(3) status will receive a check directly from City Parks Foundation. 

Please choose one of the group statuses listed below that best matches your group's situation. This information impacts how City Parks Foundation is able to administer funds to the group if awarded a Capacity Fund Grant. 

Group Status









Step 6: Group Information




Step 7: Tell us about your Project






Examples of capacity building goals for your project:


Outreach and Communications

  • Developing a group identity and visual brand
  • Increasing group visibility
  • Reaching diverse audiences

Group Development

  • Recruiting volunteers or members
  • Strengthening leadership
  • Formalizing group structure
  •  Building skills, training
  • Developing strategic plan
Events and Programming

  • Starting new program or expanding program
  • Expanding audience
Resources

  • Recruiting donors
  • Increasing fundraising ability
Partnerships
  • Collaborating with local residents, institutions, community-based organizations, other park or garden groups, or government


Examples: flyering, door knocking, social media campaign, etc.

Examples: the adjacent school, a local church, Business Improvement District (BID), etc.


Examples: other grants, Materials for the Arts, business donations, etc.


PROJECT TIMELINE

Indicate the timeline for tasks required to achieve your project and indicate the person(s) responsible. Grant activities should not begin until after the award date (2 months after the deadline) and must be completed one year after the grant is made.
Task Completion Date Person(s) Responsible
Please provide a specific date.

PROJECT BUDGET

NOTE: Keep in mind we do not fund staff time, capital improvements, transportation, overhead, or items to be sold for profit. Please refer to the grant guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.
Examples

Please list project expenses (see examples above) and specify quantity of items: 

Priority Item  Qty Purpose Subtotal $
$
This section is auto-calculated based on your budget items above.

Step 7: Tell us about your Publication Project




Examples of capacity building goals for your publication:

Outreach and Communications

    • Developing a group identity and visual brand
    • Increasing group visibility
    • Reaching diverse audiences

Group Development

    • Recruiting volunteers or members
    • Strengthening leadership
    • Formalizing group structure
    •  Building skills, training
    • Developing strategic plan
Events and Programming

    • Starting new program or expanding program
    • Expanding audience
Resources

    • Recruiting donors
    • Increasing fundraising ability
Partnerships
    • Collaborating with local residents, institutions, community-based organizations, other park or garden groups, or government






Examples: other grants, Materials for the Arts, business donations, etc.


PROJECT LEADERSHIP


NOTE: To be eligible for the grant, groups must have 3 to 5 members who meet regularly. Please list the names of up to 3 individuals who will be involved in working on this project. 


You will be asked to designate who will be the primary point of contact for the duration of the project. This includes 

attending meetings, content sharing, and etc.  








PUBLICATION TIMELINE



PUBLICATION BUDGET


Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. We will use your answers to determine your award package. 






Step 7: Tell us about your Website Project

Please provide a copy of the most recent e-newsletter:





CAPACITY BUILDING AND WEBSITE FUNCTIONALITY

Examples of capacity building goals for your project:

Outreach and Communications

  • Developing a group identity and visual brand
  • Increasing group visibility
  • Reaching diverse audiences

Group Development

  • Recruiting volunteers or members
  • Strengthening leadership
  • Formalizing group structure
  • Building skills, training
  • Developing strategic plan
Events and Programming

  • Starting new program or expanding program
  • Expanding audience
Resources

  • Recruiting donors
  • Increasing fundraising ability
Partnerships
  • Collaborating with local residents, institutions, community-based organizations, other park or garden groups, or government





Examples: other grants, Materials for the Arts, business donations, etc.


PROJECT LEADERSHIP


NOTE: To be eligible for the grant, groups must have 3 to 5 members who meet regularly. Please list the names of up to 3 individuals who will be involved in working on this project. 


You will be asked to designate who will be the primary point of contact for the duration of the project. This includes 

attending meetings, content sharing, and etc.  








WEBSITE PROJECT TIMELINE


PROJECT BUDGET

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. We will use your answers to determine your award package.





Final Review

You are almost done! By clicking confirm below, you will get to review your application and make any corrections before submitting. Please review and ensure all of your information is complete and accurate.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 15, 2019.