MillionTreesNYC offers grant programs through our various partners in order to provide funding for community environmental projects across New York City.
There are many ways in which individuals and organizations can seek funding to further greening within their own communities. The competitive grant opportunities below from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporate sponsorships provide resources for tree planting, tree care, and environmental remediation at the neighborhood level. Please bear in mind that the grants below are not managed by MillionTreesNYC. Contact the sponsoring organization for more information about these programs..
Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grants
The Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant provides funding to community groups working in NYC parks to strengthen their outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity. Community groups can receive small grants (ranging from $250 to $5,000) for brochures, tools, websites, fees to file for 501(c)3 status, programming in the park, etc. For example:
- Culinary Kids Culinary Arts Initiatives in Queens was awarded $1,600 for tools and supplies for the Farm Rockaway Project.
- First Street Green in Manhattan received $1,200 for 501c3 filing fees, outreach materials, and materials for workshops to establish sustainable programming.
- Friends of the Woods in the Bronx was awarded $2,500 for outreach materials and printed program materials for a new health initiative in University Woods Park to show how parks can help people improve their health, and to gain support through membership recruitment and increased attendance at events.
- Friends of Wingate Park in Brooklyn received $800 for outreach materials to recruit volunteers and boost group development and identity.
- Kayak Staten Island in Staten Island was awarded $1,700 to expand its free public kayaking program by purchasing boats, printing brochures, and starting a website.
For more information, please visit the Partnerships for Parks website
Fruit Tree Orchard Grant
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. FTPF’s unique mission, which has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Today Show, benefits the environment, human health, and animal welfare—all at once!
Our orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for the trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. If selected for an orchard donation, FTPF will provide high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, organic soil amendments, equipment, planting volunteers, and on-site orchard design work, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training—with the goal of improving the surrounding environment and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community. We also help coordinate all aspects of the planting, and offer an educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree planting. Free community arboricultural workshops are also available the day of the planting.
Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that 1) own the planting site (or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site), 2) are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, 3) have a source of irrigation nearby, 4) and can help coordinate local volunteers to join us on the day of planting.
For more information, please visit the FTPF Resources website.
The Hub Hero Awards -- Call for Nominations
generationOn has partnered with The Hub to launch a new recognition program that will be aired on The Hub's weekly entertainment magazine show, Hubworld! generationOn wants to shine the spotlight on the young volunteers who are doing great things across the country to help their community with The Hub Hero Award. The Hub Hero Award recognizes outstanding kids who show that you are never too young to make a difference.Young people will have the chance to be recognized on national television and inspire thousands of other young people by sharing their story of service!
A Hub Hero is a young person between the ages of 5-14 years old who has shown:
- An ongoing interest in contributing to the community/world.
- "Self-starting" traits -- this is the youth who comes up with the service ideas and encourages their peers to join them.
- Has the ability to talk about the issues/projects that he/she is engaged in and feels comfortable in front of a camera.
How does someone become a Hub Hero?
- Teachers, Kids Care Club facilitators, and non-profit partners nominate an outstanding youth volunteer by completing The Hub Hero Nomination Form.
- To request a nomination form, please reply to [email protected] with Hub Hero Request in the subject line.
- The nomination is submitted for consideration to a committee of people from generationOn and The Hub.
New York City Environmental Fund
The fund supports projects that foster restoration, care, and public enjoyment of and education about the natural resources of New York City. It funds general environmental education programs and encourages community involvement. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, with average awards of $15,000. For application deadlines and more information, call 212.483.7667.
If you have an environmental project that is discrete, site-specific in a NYC neighborhood, with a small budget that needs funding or volunteers, apply to post your project on ioby.org. ioby stands for “in our backyards” and through a web platform connects donors and volunteers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods. To post a project, just go to ioby.org/projects/submit, create a username and password and fill out the online application.
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During Earth Month in April, ioby will be offering a very special 1:1 match for every project. That's right, double your contributions during Earth Month and be prepared for It's My Park! Day as well as spring and summer park projects!
Citizens Committee for New York City Grants
Citizens Committee offers small grants for volunteer-led projects that improve and strengthen communities, and that involve neighbors in a meaningful way. Our grants are for grassroots community groups in economically under-resourced neighborhoods. We do not award grants to individuals, agencies with paid staff, religious, fraternal, or partisan organizations.
New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards
Through New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods, Citizens Committee offers grants of $500 to $3,000 to grassroots community groups in economically under-resourced neighborhoods to work on creative community improvement projects that bring neighbors together.
Mollie Parnis Dress up Your School Awards
Through the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your School Awards, Citizens Committee offers grants of $500 to $3,000 to support student led projects that beautify schools or neighborhoods immediately surrounding schools.
For more information, email us or call Saleen Shah at (212) 822-9566 or Arif Ullah at (212) 822-9580.
Do Something Offers Grants for Community Action Projects
To be eligible, applicants must be no older than 25 and a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Do Something grants cannot be used to fund travel costs, individual sponsorships, shipping costs, individual school fees, or fundraising expenses. Do Something grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis.
Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program information, including judging criteria.
Garden Apprentice Program through Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as Senior Apprentice. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you. You are the future-help make it greener! Apprentices make a ten-month commitment to GAP, from March to December, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the academic year. See the tier descriptions for more information and application links. For more information, please email Brooklyn Botanic Garden.