NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund

In May 2020, a collective of national, family, and community foundations launched the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund to support stewardship organizations that care for New York City’s parks and open spaces. The Fund was created in response to the efforts of the Parks and Open Space Partners – NYC coalition to raise awareness of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on open spaces. The Fund was administered by City Parks Foundation and responded to the most urgent needs facing the City’s parks and open spaces, while spurring decision-makers to address ongoing systemic challenges and provide adequate funding to maintain and improve them. In coordination with City Parks Foundation, the Central Park Conservancy’s Institute for Urban Parks looked closely at the major challenges facing parks and open spaces in NYC and released the NYC Green Fund Literature Review.

Throughout its three-year term, the Fund was a lifeline of financial support for open spaces and stewardship groups during a time of unprecedented use and need, ultimately impacting millions of New Yorkers who benefit from access to local green spaces.


  • Over $8.6 million raised and distributed
  • 325 grants given to volunteer-run organizations
  • 184 grants given to open-space focused nonprofits 
  • 26 grants awarded for systems change projects


Going forward, City Parks Foundation will transform the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund from an emergency response program into a long-term campaign of financial and technical support for open space stewards with the goal of creating a resilient and equitable NYC parks ecosystem for the benefit of all New Yorkers.


Generous private support for the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund is provided by the Albert Giving Fund, Altman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Charina Fund, Con Edison, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Essex Avenue Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, The JPB Foundation, Klein Family Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Libra Fund, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Monarch Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Prospect Hill Foundation, The Charles H. Revson Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, and many philanthropic individuals.



If you are a current or past applicant to the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund, you can access your applications through the City Parks Foundation Grant and Funding Opportunity Portal.

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