New York Foundation

October 15, 2020

At the New York Foundation

Our grants support community-initiated solutions to solve local problems, constituents mobilizing for adequate and equitable resources, and groups organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard. Our grantees address a wide diversity of issues, but share a commitment to inspire New Yorkers to become more informed, active participants in the life of the city.

We support organizations that:

  • engage people most immediately affected by problems we seek to address;
  • develop emerging leaders;
  • see opportunity and demonstrate readiness to undertake social change efforts;
  • are willing collaborators.

We place a priority on supporting community organizing and advocacy.

  • We define community organizing as bringing people together to identify issues and take joint action to bring about change. Drawing on a broad constituency that shapes and guides their agenda, community organizing groups develop and train leaders, work to promote accountability, and bring about both personal transformation and systemic change.
  • We define advocacy as a strategy that raises or rallies public attention or action, in order to bring issues into the realm of public concern and effect policy change. Advocacy may be carried out by those directly affected or by others working on behalf of a constituency.

We are open to ideas in the field of community organizing and advocacy that involve a high degree of risk and will consider:

  • Emerging organizations working with new constituencies;
  • Untested approaches;
  • Issues that have not yet received public attention.

All organizations that apply for a grant, regardless of the strategy they utilize or the issue they address, must:

  • involve New York City or a particular neighborhood of the city;
  • address a critical or emerging need, particularly involving youth or the elderly; and
  • articulate how a grant from the Foundation would advance their work.

First, submit an initial funding request via regular mail or email as an attachment to The deadlines for submission are March 1, July 1, and November 1. All initial requests are reviewed by our three program staff and site visits may be conducted to select groups. Because we have a modest budget to make new grants, a limited number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals.

We do not make grants to individuals or to capital campaigns. We do not consider support of research studies, films, conferences, or publications. We do not consider requests outside New York City except from organizations working on statewide issues of concern to youth, the elderly, or the poor. Our charter prohibits us from making grants outside the United States.

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