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In light of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the New York City Workforce Development Fund has decided to postpone the second phase of the Fund’s Request for Letters of Interest. A revised timeline will be announced in early 2021. The Executive Committee will use the next several months to identify opportunities to support workforce organizations through the immediate crisis and to develop strategies to strengthen the workforce system during the city’s economic recovery.

Applicants should begin by reading our Grantmaking Guidelines that describe the objectives of our 16 program areas. If, after reading the materials, you believe that your proposed project addresses the objectives of any of these programs, you may start the application process.

Creating a Proposal Cover Sheet, RFP or LOI is the first step in submitting a proposal to us. Initial LOIs must be completed in one session, but if you are unable to finish a general or RFP 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. You will be taken to a screen where you will be able to select an open LOI or RFP, or create a general Cover Sheet.

The NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund is no longer accepting applications.

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If you have started and saved a Proposal Cover Sheet that you have not yet submitted (or submitted an RFP whose Submission End Date has not passed), enter your information and 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. For RFPs that have been submitted, you will be able to replace your PDF if the Submission End Date has not passed.

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.

Here you can learn about applying for a grant, and other frequently asked questions.

What nonprofits are eligible for grants?
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 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.

When can we apply?
What nonprofits are eligible for grants?

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.

How do I apply?
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
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 outcome(s)
    • 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 fund. . .

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.

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