NYC Green Fund

The NYC Green Fund is a pooled grant program intended to support an equitable and resilient network of parks and open spaces to benefit the well-being of all New Yorkers.  

Learn more about our programs here. Read our most recent press release here. Read our recently published 2020-2023 NYC Green Relief & Recovery Report here.

Interested in contributing to the NYC Green Fund? Please contact Billy Fidler at bfidler@cityparksfoundation.org or donate online here.

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Are you a past grantee looking to submit reporting? Please visit our Grants Portal.

GRASSROOTS GRANT PROGRAM

The NYC Green Fund Grassroots Grant Program supports community groups and organizations providing open space programming and stewardship across NYC with annual operating budgets under $175,000. This grant program is intended to advance grassroots initiatives across public spaces in all five boroughs. 

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PATHWAYS GRANT PROGRAM

The  NYC Green Fund: Pathways Grant Program supports systemic changes needed in the open space sector to create a more resilient and equitable open space network in NYC. 

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TREETOPS GRANT PROGRAM

The NYC Green Fund Treetops Grant Program provides funding for mid-size organizations that program, steward, and advocate for parks and open spaces across NYC’s five boroughs, and supports a range of projects, including open space stewardship, environmental action, organizational development, health and wellness, youth engagement, and live arts and culture.

This application has closed, and recipients have been notified of decisions. Please check back in summer 2024.

SUPPORT

Generous private support for the NYC Green 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, The Monarch Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Prospect Hill Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, and many philanthropic individuals.

History of the 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. 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.

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READ OUR 2020-2023 REPORT

 

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DONATE

Contribute to the well-being of your fellow New Yorkers by donating to the NYC Green Fund – a fund created to support organizations that help keep our parks and open spaces clean, green, and vibrant centers of community.

More than ever before, New Yorkers have come to rely on parks and open spaces, the most fundamentally democratic and accessible of public resources. Parks and open spaces are critical to New Yorkers’ health and well-being – offering respite, recreation, and connection to nature – and a crucial part of our city’s infrastructure and environmental resiliency.

Please contact Billy Fidler at bfidler@cityparksfoundation.org to donate to the NYC Green Fund.

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GRANTEES SUPPORTED

2023 Announcements

City Parks Foundation Announced $913,000 In Grants Awarded

City Parks Foundation announced the selection of 32 grantees through the NYC Green Fund’s Treetops Grants program. These 32 NYC-based nonprofits received either one- or two-year grants of up to $40,000 annually to support a wide range of projects in parks and open spaces in New York City, including stewardship, environmental action, organizational development, health and wellness, youth engagement, and live arts and culture. Overall, a total of $913,000 was distributed to organizations. Read the full announcement here. 

NYC GREEN FUND GRANTS NEARLY $500,000 TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Today, City Parks Foundation and Partnerships for Parks announced the selection of 68 grant recipients through the NYC Green Fund’s Grassroots grants program. These 68 NYC-based community groups will receive grants of up to $30,000 to support open space stewardship, environmental action, organizational development, health and wellness, youth engagement, and live arts and culture programs in parks, gardens, and open spaces.  Read the full announcement here.

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