Small Grants Program
Additional Funds for Community Organizing and Capacity Building
Grantee partners are eligible to apply for additional funds through the Foundation’s Small Grants Program, which offers up to $7,500 per grant for technical assistance, coaching and support, and increasing capacity to engage in community organizing.
A small grant can be used to strengthen your organization’s capacity to sustain and advance its work, especially during these unpredictable times. As we continue to hear from you about the ongoing challenges your organization faces due to the pandemic and its aftermath, we aim to be as understanding, flexible, and responsive as possible.
Applications are at the bottom of this page. If you are unsure whether your request fits, please contact your program officer. Edna Iriarte [email protected]; Maria Mottola [email protected]; Zabrina Collazo [email protected].
What do small grants cover?
Small grants can be used for:
- Strengthening your community organizing and advocacy work. Grants can cover the costs of training and coaching opportunities, direct action activities, attending trainings and conferences.
- Developing your organization’s infrastructure. Grants can cover consultants to assist with management, fundraising, media and communications, special event planning, executive coaching, technological assistance, board development, and other organizational development projects.
- Carrying your organization through a challenging period. Grants can cover expenses related to activities and tools your organization may need when pivoting strategies in order to meet its mission.
What is the maximum amount of a small grant?
In 2021, small grant requests can range from $500 to $7,500.
Only current New York Foundation grantee partners will receive funds through the Small Grants Program.
To ensure as many groups as possible can draw from the small grants pool, priority will be given to grantees that have not yet received small grants in 2021 or have limited budgets.
How can you apply?
To submit a request, use this form to apply and email us at [email protected] describing the need and how you intend to use the grant.
We accept applications on a rolling basis until all funds for the calendar year are allocated.
Have more questions?
Feel free to email your program officer to discuss further: