The application deadline is 12PM noon on Friday, May 28, 2021. In fairness to all applicants, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of status by the end of June. Grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2022 at the latest, with required reporting at 6 months and at completion.
Organizations with demonstrated experience working in NYC’s open space arena and annual operating budgets of more than $15,000 are eligible to apply to the NYC Green Fund Round 1 opportunity. An applicant may only be the lead on a single application, but may participate as a partner in other submissions. Joint applications from two or more organizations (with one identified as the lead recipient of funds) that propose to share services and/or solve problems jointly are welcomed. Organizations that received emergency funding from the NYC Green Fund in summer 2020 that still have open grants are eligible to apply, but 2020 funds must be spent and the final report received prior to receiving the next grant. 501(c)3 status is not required, applicants may utilize a fiscal sponsor.
Examples of eligible applicants include:
Grants of $10,000 to $50,000 will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to support spaces that are open to the public the majority of the time. This includes funding for:
Eligible expenses include:
We do not fund: Electioneering, lobbying, or litigation.
Funding decisions will be based on:
City Parks Foundation (CPF) manages the day-to-day administration of the NYC Green Fund, which is governed by a steering committee of funders. Grants will be made from City Parks Foundation and all reporting information will be submitted to CPF.
Collaborative Funding Opportunity with the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund – Philanthropy New York (Nov. 18, 2020)
The SNF Continues Its Pandemic Relief Efforts with New Grants Totaling over $10.8M – The National Herald (Sept. 29, 2020)
New Yorkers Step in to Keep City Parks From Turning Into ‘Junkyards’ – Curbed (Sept. 17, 2020)
NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund Announces Support for Parks and Open Spaces – Arch Daily (June 18, 2020)
COVID-19 update – Brooklyn Daily Eagle (June 18, 2020)
Park advocates call for full funding during coronavirus pandemic – AM New York (May 14, 2020)
Gowanus Green Spaces Vital During Coronavirus: Conservancy – Patch (May 14, 2020)
Relief Fund Launched for NYC Parks – Arch Paper (May 14, 2020)
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)