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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.

 

Highlights:

  • Over $8.9 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.

 

Sign up for more information on the NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund.

 

NYC GREEN FUND SUPPORTERS

Generous private support for the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund is provided by the Albert Giving Fund,
Altman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Charles H. Revson Foundation, Con Edison, 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, Monarch Foundation,
The New York Community Trust, The Prospect Hill Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation,
and many philanthropic individuals.

GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

NYC Green Relief & Recover Fund Grants $510,000 to 10 Organizations Promoting Equity and Innovation in NYC’s Parks and Open Spaces (March 23, 2023)

City Parks Foundation Grants $1.8M to 154 Organizations Supporting NYC’s Parks and Open Spaces Through NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund and Green / Arts LIVE Grant Programs (August 9, 2022)

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Grants $503,000 to 7 Organizations Promoting Equity in NYC’s Parks and Open Spaces (February 10, 2022)

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Announces $150,000 in Grants for 112 Grassroots Volunteer Groups caring for Parks and Green Spaces across NYC (September 20, 2021)

City Parks Foundation Announces 109 Grants through NYC Green Relief & Recover Fund and GREEN / ARTS LIVE NYC  (July 8, 2021)

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Announces $845,000 in Grants to Address Systemic Weaknesses in the Stewardship of the City’s Parks and Open Space System (March 4, 2021) 

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Announces $347,500 in support for 128 Grassroots Volunteer Groups and 4 Nonprofits in Caring for Parks and Open Spaces in NYC in Second Round of Funding; Three New Funders Have Signed on to Support the Growing Fund, Total Estimated Need is $40 Million (August 5, 2020)

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Announces Support for 62 Nonprofits Caring for Parks and Open Spaces in NYC in First Round of Funding; Six New Funders Have Signed on to Support the Growing Fund, Total Estimated Need is $40 Million  (June 17, 2020)

Foundations seed COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund to Support Nonprofits Caring for NYC Parks and Green Spaces (May 21, 2020)

NYC GREEN RELIEF & RECOVERY FUND GRANTEES AND APPLICANTS

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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