In May 2020, a coalition 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 is intended to respond to the most urgent needs facing the City’s parks and open spaces, while spurring policy-makers to address ongoing systemic challenges, and provide adequate funding to maintain and improve them. The Fund was launched in response to the efforts of the Parks and Open Space Partners – NYC coalition to raise awareness of the financial impacts of the pandemic on open spaces.
During the summer of 2020, the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund awarded 194 grants to nonprofits and community groups that provide essential maintenance, stewardship, public programming, and management of parks and open spaces across the five boroughs of New York City. The NYC Green Fund is currently reviewing proposals to support innovation and systemic changes that will enable New York City to manage open space more effectively, equitably, efficiently, and collaboratively. Grantees will be notified by the end of February 2021.
A recent review by the Central Park Conservancy’s Institute for Urban Parks looked closely at critical parks and open space-related issues in New York City at the request of the NYC Green Fund [see report here]. The report and subsequent discussions with practitioners provided guiding areas to strengthen the parks and open space sector and inform grant-making.