Grant Guidelines


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 various forms of inequity and oppression;
  • Develop emerging leaders;
  • See opportunity and demonstrate readiness to undertake social change efforts;
  • Are willing collaborators and seek alignment with allies that have similar and complementary goals; and
  • Prioritize gender and racial justice.


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 affect policy change. Advocacy may be carried out by those directly affected or by others working on behalf of a constituency.

We are open to startups and emerging organizations, and will consider:

  • Organizations working with new constituencies and in underrepresented neighborhoods;
  • 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;
  • Use a racial justice lens to inform all aspects of their work;
  • Value leadership that reflects underrepresented constituencies, particularly women and people of color;
  • Articulate the social and policy landscape in which they work; and
  • Articulate how a grant from the Foundation would make a meaningful contribution when compared to the size of the organization’s budget.

What We Do Not Support

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 relevant to the guidelines listed above. Our charter prohibits us from making grants outside the United States.

How and When to Apply>>

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