Community Engagement

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Downtown Far Rockaway Storefront Improvement Program (Department of Small Business Services)

The Downtown Far Rockaway Storefront Improvement Program is an initiative of the city's Department of Small Business Services and the New York City Business Assistance Corporation with the support of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The grant provides a 75 percent match of funds (up to $10,000 per storefront) to help local business and property owners to complete storefront renovation projects. The program will enhance commercial corridors through targeted improvements to small businesses in Downtown Far Rockaway.

Learn more about the Downtown Far Rockaway Storefront Improvement Program


NYCitizenship (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs)

NYCitizenship is a public-private partnership focused on expanding access to legal services for immigrant New Yorkers in City public schools and public libraries. Through coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Fund and several other city agencies and organizations, the initiative aims to connect eligible, foreign-born New Yorkers to information on the naturalization process, free immigration legal assistance, and free financial counseling and services, helping them apply to become United States citizens. By combining a myriad of services into a single program and launching it in safe, familiar settings, NYCitizenship is leveraging a previously untapped opportunity to address common barriers to naturalization.

Learn more about NYCitizenship in Schools and NYCitizenship in Libraries.

Diversity Initiative

Diversity Initiative (Department of Cultural Affairs)

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) launched the Diversity Initiative in January 2015 to promote diversity among the leadership, staffs, and audiences of cultural organizations in New York City, in alignment with Mayor de Blasio’s vision for a more equitable city and as an investment in the long-term viability of New York City’s cultural field. As resident demographics continue to shift, the Mayor’s Fund and DCLA believe that a workforce, leadership and audience that reflect these changes will help to position cultural organizations to continue to meaningfully engage New Yorkers, strengthening the cultural sector as a whole. In order to achieve its goals, the Diversity Initiative will be conducting a demographic survey of DCLA’s nearly 1,000 grantee organizations to examine race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, and other factors. Once the survey is complete, the Initiative will begin to develop recommendations for action to boost diversity throughout this important sector.

Learn more about the Diversity Initiative in the press release.

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Cities United for Immigrant Action (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)

Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA) is a coalition of nearly 100 mayors and municipalities that are leading the effort to support stronger, safer and more economically prosperous cities and counties through immigration action. Supported by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Fund and the Open Society Foundation, these leaders have joined forces to defend and implement the President’s executive actions on immigration and advance comprehensive immigration reform by shaping the national debate and welcoming new immigrants.

Learn more about CUIA on the Office of Immigrant Affairs' website.

Family Justice Centers

Family Justice Centers (Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence)

New York City's Family Justice Center Initiative aims to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing essential advocacy, case management, legal and housing assistance – and even mental health support – all under one roof. Services are provided with the involvement of partner agencies, including nonprofits, city and state agencies, district attorney's offices, and faith-based organizations. Since the launch of the first Family Justice Center in Brooklyn in 2005, three more centers have been opened in Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Development for the City’s fifth Center in Staten Island began is currently underway.

Learn more about the Family Justice Centers on the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence website.

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Women’s Leadership Program (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)

With the support of the Mayor’s Fund and Unbound Philanthropy, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs launched a fellowship for immigrant women leaders in New York City. Over the course of four months, 15 fellows representing diverse sectors from domestic violence prevention to the arts, discuss challenges and best practices to organizational management, meet with the immigrant women leaders of City Hall, and advance their personal and professional development.

Learn more about the Women's Leadership Program on the Office of Immigrant Affairs' website.

We are New York

We Are New York (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs)

We Are New York (WANY) is an Emmy-Award winning educational television series produced by the New York City Mayor’s Office, providing useful information on essential City services and showing how people working across ethnic lines can access resources and solve common problems. With the support of the Mayor’s Fund and Revson Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is training 200 bilingual, immigrant New Yorkers to use WANY to facilitate English-language discussion groups in New York public libraries.

Learn more on the We Are New York website.

NYC Civic Corps

NYC Civic Corps (Office of the Mayor)

As part of NYC Service, the initiative to promote volunteerism in New York City, NYC Civic Corps was launched on April 20, 2009 to match individuals with local public and nonprofit organizations to build sustainable-impact volunteer programs. The initiative continues to help drive volunteer activity to the issues where our city's needs are greatest: strengthening neighborhoods and helping neighbors in need; supporting efforts in education, health and emergency preparedness; and protecting our environment. NYC Civic Corps members receive a monthly living allowance, health insurance, educational awards, and other benefits.

Learn more about NYC Civic Corps on NYC Service's website.

Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Neighborhood Opportunity Network (Department of Probation)

The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) initiative is committed to linking probation clients to resources they need to fully reintegrate into society, helping them to find work, continue their education and support their families so that they can contribute to the well-being and stability of their neighborhoods. Working with educators, businesses, community organizations and government agencies, NeON has established community-based probation offices in Brownsville, Harlem, Jamaica, Staten Island, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx to engage clients as well as local residents, and build stronger, safer and more vibrant communities. The Mayor’s Fund has worked with Department of Probation to support a number of NeON initiative projects, including the recent NeON Nutrition Kitchen, which is connecting probation clients and community members to affordable, nutritious food in order to promote healthy living.

Learn more about NeON on the Department of Probation's website.

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City Hall Portrait Conservation

The City Hall portrait collection, an integral, historical component of the interior of City Hall, offers a visual history of the people whose actions and contributions – whether political, military, or social – made a significant impact on the City, from New York City mayors to United States presidents to political leaders who worked in City Hall or visited New York City. The collection consists of more than 100 paintings and is considered to be one of the most outstanding groups of portraits by American artists in the United States. Funds raised by the Mayor’s Fund supported the conservation of individual portraits and frames while simultaneously creating an endowment for the entire collection. The endowment provides for regular maintenance as well as ongoing conservation to guarantee that the needs of the entire collection are addressed strategically over the long term.

Learn more about the conversation effort on the New York City Design Commission's website.

Free Harlem WiFi

Free Harlem WiFi (Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications)

The Mayor's Fund has partnered with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications on a new outdoor public WiFi network in Harlem, which will increase digital access at no cost for approximately 80,000 Harlem residents, including 13,000 public housing residents, as well as businesses and visitors in the area. The Harlem WiFi network will extend 95 city blocks, from 110th to 138th Streets between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue, making it the largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in the nation.

Learn more about the Free Harlem WiFi project.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion (Office of the Mayor & Gracie Mansion Conservancy)

The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1981 to preserve, maintain, and enhance Gracie Mansion - one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of The Historic House Trust. The Conservancy's mission is to raise funds to restore and maintain the historic structure and acquire furnishings that illustrate the rich history of New York; improve the surrounding landscape and gardens; and provide educational services, including publications and tours.

Learn more about Gracie Mansion on the Conservancy's official website.


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