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 support; 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 Pool, which grantees can request small supplementary grants for technical assistance, leadership development, and to expand their 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.

Strategic Opportunity Fund

The Strategic Opportunity Fund recognizes that funding is needed to support campaigns, collaborations, and coalitions launched by groups that see opportunity and demonstrate readiness to undertake pressing social change efforts. To learn more about this fund, click here.