Organizers, activists and do-gooders–heed the call, get funded

by GWAPP on

If you want to better your neighborhood, now is a great time to make that happen. Between the GCEF’s $19.5 million and D33’s Participatory Budgeting, there is so much potential for positive change in North Brooklyn!

Do you have a burning desire to do something for your community–but feel like your voice is getting lost in the shuffle? Are you one person, or just a few people, not 501(3)(c) certified? Fret not. You can still turn your passions into projects!

Here are a few grants to consider for funding:

1. Citizens Committee of New York: Neighborhood Grants: Up to $3,000

“Through our Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city.

“Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.

“We look for projects that: are clear and thoughtful; address important community concerns; contribute to building stronger communities through neighbors working together; and result in concrete and sustainable improvements.

“We prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.

“Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status.”

Deadline: January 27, 2014

2. Citizens Committee of New York: #Conserve H20 Contest: $5,000

“Have an innovative idea to conserve or recycle water? New Yorkers have been getting smart about conserving and recycling water, with, among other things, rainwater harvesting systems, bio-swales, and rain gardens.

“But, we can do even better! That’s where you come in. We’re challenging you or your group to come up with the next great idea to conserve or recycle water, whether it’s in the form of a mobile app, a physical structure, or… you tell us. The clouds are the limit!

Deadline: December 31, 2013

3. The Awesome Foundation: $1,000

“For the Arts and Sciences and the advancement of Awesomeness in the universe.

“Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!”

There are 87 chapters across 18 countries. Here are a few of the NYC chapter projects.

Deadline: Ongoing

4. The Pollination Project: $1,000

“We believe in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

“We give $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers, every day of the year, emphasizing projects that expand compassion in the world. Issue areas we fund include environmental stewardship, animal protection, social justice, community health and wellness, and arts and culture.

“We fund in the following categories: compassion towards all life (people, planet, animals), environmental sustainability, justice in all of its forms, community health and wellness, putting consciousness into action, social change-oriented arts and culture.”

Deadline: Ongoing

–And let’s not leave out a large part of our community–the kids. Yes, activism can start at an early age.

5. The World We Want Foundation: $250 – 5,000

“We promote and support Young Global Citizens making positive social change in their communities and around the world.

“We believe that Young Global Citizens have the passion, talent, determination, and power to create positive social change when given the resources to help them address societal and environmental challenges.

“Teams of Young Global Citizens generate and conduct Social Action Projects and are guided by Mentors affiliated with Partner Organizations. This is the community on the ground working with the teams to help them conduct and implement their Social Action Projects.

The foundation is a crowd-fundraising platform (similar to Kickstarter), so that’s one way to get a project off the ground. But the foundation also awards micro-grants of $250 – $5,000 for projects.

Deadline: Ongoing



The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.