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Citizens Committee to award $1.6 million to nabe-based volunteer groups

Grassroots group Citizens Committee of New York announced on Tuesday, November 24 that it would award over $1.6 million through its Neighborhood Grants program to more than 500 neighborhood-based volunteer groups across the five boroughs.

Through the program, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of $500 to $3,000 to various volunteer groups – which do not need to be registered nonprofits – to work on community and school improvement projects. In fact, neighbors forming a volunteer group for the first time are especially encouraged to contact Citizens Committee directly to learn more and apply for their first-ever grant.

“Every day New Yorkers from Wakefield to Stapleton, from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Flushing, and everywhere in between should join together with their neighbors and apply for a grant to improve their neighborhoods,” said Peter Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee. “Whether the neighborhood needs more greenery, access to fresh foods, after-school projects for kids, or any other improvement to quality-of-life, I encourage New Yorkers who want to engage their neighbors and help improve their corner of the city to apply for our one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Grant.”

Last year, an estimated $1.6 million in grants were shelled out to 366 grassroots projects in 108 city neighborhoods, mobilizing over 7,300 New Yorkers and directly improving the quality of life for approximately 117,000 city residents.

For more information about Neighborhood Grants and the rest of Citizens Committee’s grant programs, contact Tehmina Brohi at tbrohi@citizensnyc.org or call (212) 822-9563.

The deadline for grant applications is January 25, 2016.

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