How We Support Our Grantees


Core Grants

Most core grants fall into the following categories:

  • Start-up grants to new, untested organizations;
  • Grants to organizations for new projects that have a high probability of receiving future support or that anticipate operating for only a limited time period;
  • General institutional support, usually for relatively new projects or for organizations in transition.

Start-up organizations are eligible for five consecutive years of renewal; other categories are eligible for up to three years. Grants are made for one year at a time, and grantees must reapply annually.
Our core grants generally range from $40,000 to $45,000 for each year of eligibility.

Capacity Building Program

Once a core grant is approved, grantees have access to the foundation’s extensive Capacity-Building Program, which offers grantees one-on-one consultation with experienced providers of nonprofit management assistance; monthly trainings; and access to our Small Grants Program, which¬†offers up to $5000 in supplementary grants for technical assistance, leadership development, and increasing capacity to engage in community organizing.

Our capacity-building partners include: Community Resource Exchange, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Social Justice Leadership.

If you are a current grantee of the New York Foundation, and want more information about this year’s capacity building and small grants program,¬†click here.

Summer Internship in Community Organizing

The foundation also operates a summer internship in community organizing, which supports ten-week placements for young people who want to explore the field of community organizing.


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