Creating a Proposal Cover Sheet is the first step in submitting a proposal to us. Note that if you are applying to an RFP or submitting a Letter of Interest, you need to click on those tabs. If you are unable to finish the Cover Sheet, you can save it and complete it at a later time. If you have previously created and saved a Proposal Cover Sheet, click on "Open a saved Proposal Cover Sheet". If not, click on the button below to get started.Create Proposal Cover Sheet
If you have started and saved a Proposal Cover Sheet that you have not yet submitted, click on the button below. You will need to enter the email address you entered in the Submitter Email field, as well as the Cover Sheet ID you received in your confirmation email.
Here you can upload a monitoring report. You will need to enter the email address you entered in the Submitter Email field, as well as the Proposal ID ("P#") you received in your confirmation email.
Active solicitations for Letters of Interest (LOIs) are listed here. We accept letters of interest for our national and international environment grants program twice a year: for three weeks in late February to early March, and three weeks in late September-early October.
Other solicitations include for programs such as the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund. Any current LOI requests are listed below.
The Trust issues a number of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) every year for our own grant programs and for our collaborative funds. Two examples are the Arts Capacity Building solicitation due in January and the Van Lier Fellowship Program due in late April-early May.
To see examples of these and other past RFPs, please visit our website here.
Here you can learn about applying for a grant, and other frequently asked questions.
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 funds administrators 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.
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 8, 2019||October 14, 2019|
|May 3, 2019||December 13, 2019|
|September 20, 2019||March 20, 2020|
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.
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:
The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
- A cover letter, on your letterhead, signed by your director.
- A copy of the Proposal Cover Sheet that you have submitted online.
- 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 outcome(s)
- Plan for measuring project results
- Project budget (expenses & income)
- For renewal requests, an update on progress made through prior grant
- 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 make grants to individuals and rarely for endowments, building campaigns, deficit financing, films, general operating support, conferences, performances, single events, or religious purposes.