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