Grant Portal

Welcome to The New York Community Trust's Grant Portal! Here you will find a Proposal Cover Sheet which must be filled out and submitted to start the proposal application process. If you are applying to the national/international environment program, you will need to start with a letter of interest (LOI). We will accept Letters of Interest to this program twice a year in September and February. The first opportunity to submit an LOI is September 19, 2016 to October 7, 2016. (Proposals will still be accepted to the NYC environment program.)

Please note: The New York Community Trust is closed from 5 pm on August 26 until 9 am on Tuesday, September 5. While you may submit information via the Grant Portal, we will not respond to inquiries until after Labor Day. Additionally, the office will not be able to accept deliveries via messenger, FedEx, or UPS during this time. Enjoy your summer!

To retrieve a proposal cover sheet that you have already saved, enter your Email and Cover Sheet ID:

Proposal Cover Sheet

Information on this form may be printed and/or saved at any time. When you provide the name of the person submitting the form and an Email address, a Cover Sheet ID will be assigned that you can use to retrieve the form later. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required. If you encounter a technical problem with this online form, please contact CoverSheet@nyct-cfi.org. We will respond within one business day.

The Trust’s communications with you about this cover sheet will be by email, whether notification of a decline, or notification of a grant. PLEASE ADD noreply@nycommunitytrust.org TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK SO THAT OUR IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN YOUR SPAM FILTERS.

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Frequently Asked Questions What nonprofits are eligible for grants?

Most of our competitive grants go to New York City public charities, or groups sponsored by one. In some cases, we support organizations headquartered outside New York City, but our environmental and social work education programs are national in scope. Grantees or fiscal agents should meet the governance and financial standards of the Better Business Bureau, including a board of directors with at least five members, and no more than one paid board member.

When Can we Apply?

You may submit a proposal anytime. We build in a long lead time for review of proposals and preparation of grant recommendations, leading to five board meetings each year. Program officers weigh many considerations in preparing a group of grant recommendations and cannot promise that any proposal will be considered at a particular board meeting. The dates in the table below indicate when applicants can expect to hear from us about a decision on their grant application.

Grant applications received by: Decision notification sent no later than:
February 12, 2016 October 14, 2016
May 6, 2016 December 16, 2016
October 14, 2016 April 14, 2017
February 10, 2017 October 13, 2017
May 5, 2017 December 15, 2017

If applying in response to one of our RFPs please follow its procedures and timelines.

Note to Arts Groups: If you are interested in applying for a grant to “strengthen the management of arts groups serving communities in the five boroughs,” please view the RFP for Small City-Based Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Groups to Build Capacity.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants should begin by reading our Guidelines for Grant Applicants and one or more of the four program area descriptions. If, after reading these materials, you believe that your proposed project meets our criteria, you may start the application process by completing the Proposal Cover Sheet in this portal.

Once you have filled it out and submitted it to The Trust, you need to submit the full proposal postmarked within one business day, in hard copy to:

Sheila Dinkins

The New York Community Trust

909 Third Avenue 22nd Floor

New York, NY 10022

Application Checklist
  1. A cover letter, on your letterhead, signed by your director.
  2. A copy of the Proposal Cover Sheet that you have submitted online.
  3. A proposal (no more than ten pages) that includes:
    • Agency background (mission, major activities, and credentials for carrying out project)
    • Project description: Brief statement of problem to be addressed
    • Goals and objectives
    • Who is served
    • Project activities
    • Expected outcomes
    • Plan for measuring project results
    • Project budget (expenses & income)
    • For renewal requests, an update on progress made through prior grant
  4. Information about your organization
    • Agency operating budget
    • A list of the Board of Directors
    • Latest audited financial statement, or if not available, the Form 990
    • Affirmative action policy
    • Note: Arts groups may submit cultural data project profiles in lieu of agency's latest audited financial statements and annual report. However, project budgets and current year agency operating budgets are still required.
We Do Not Fund. . .

We do not make grants to individuals and rarely for endowments, building campaigns, deficit financing, films, general operating support, or religious purposes.