City Council Neighborhood Grants

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Funding is available through the New York City Council for projects that help businesses thrive and provide a vibrant mix of goods and services for residents in New York City neighborhoods. We work with the City Council to manage these grants, helping each organization develop a scope of work, set timelines and deliverables, register agreements, process payments, and provide best practices.

Who Can Apply 

  • Nonprofit community-based organizations (BIDs, local development corporations, merchants associations, and other organizations) operating within the five boroughs of New York City;
  • Incorporated as nonprofit organization in New York State;
  • Compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements.

What City Council Neighborhood Grants Fund 

  • Business Attraction/Business Retention – Attract new businesses or retain existing businesses in order to ensure commercial corridors have a diverse retail mix to better serve the community and reduce the retail vacancy rate.
  • Merchant Organizing – Lead the strategic planning, outreach, and organizing efforts to create a new or revitalize an existing merchants association.
  • District Marketing/Local Tourism – Implement marketing events and campaigns promoting the commercial district and attracting local shoppers and tourists to the district’s businesses.
  • Placemaking/Plaza/Public Space Activation/Public Art – Cultivate a sense of place that capitalizes on the unique characteristics of the commercial corridor, incorporating key traits of the neighborhood and activating public space for the community.
  • Organizational Development/Project Management Support – Coaching, training, management, and strategic planning costs and personnel development for organizations actively engaged in commercial revitalization activities.

How to Apply

City Council grants are awarded by each Council Member on an annual basis. Contact your local Council Member’s office for more information and assistance with filling out the application.

City Fiscal Year 2017 Grantees Only


Project scoping has concluded for City Fiscal Year 2017. Please check back for when the grant program reopens.


Scoping Proposal Template

Project scoping has concluded for City Fiscal Year 2017. Please check back for when the grant program reopens.
Grant recipients are reimbursed for project expenses, and must submit Payment Requests to their contract manager on a monthly basis. Payment Requests are due on the 15th of every month (or next business day when falling on a holiday or weekend), beginning in August with the July Payment Request. If your organization does not incur program expenses in a particular month, you still must submit a Certified Financial Statement of Actual Expenditures to your contract manager for $0.00. For details on the required documents for payment requests, please review the fiscal section of the FY 17 Orientation Presentation or contact your contract manager. See below for links to the required documents and instructions on what to submit.


Organizations receiving grants over $25,000.01 must submit:

  • Certified Statement of Actual Expenditures
  • General Ledger
  • Timesheets for program personnel – use the first and second tabs of the excel document for the month of July. Use the second tab only when documenting program personnel expenses for the months of August 2016 through June 2017.
  • Reconciliation Form - use only if expenses on general ledger do not match expenses listed on the certified financial statement of actual expenditures.
Consult your contract manager first if you need to modify your budget. To initiate the process, you must complete the Budget Modification Form and submit to your contract manager with a written justification for the modification (sending an email is sufficient).You must receive the signed and approved budget modification form from your contract manager before executing the budget modification. Once the modification has been approved, you can incorporate the modifications into your payment requests via the Certified Financial Statement of Actual Expenditures. Keep the approved budget modification form for your records in the event of an audit. No budget modifications will be allowed after April 30, 2017.
Quarterly Reports are the formal method used to document and evaluate an organization's project execution throughout a fiscal year. When completing the document, only report on work completed within the designated quarter, as each report is a snapshot of work completed within a specific timeframe rather than a cumulative summary of all work completed to date. Please provide as much detail as possible and complete all relevant sections. FY 17 Quarterly Report is provided in the link below:


Quarterly Report Template

Quarterly reports are due by COB on the following dates:
Quarter 1 Report - Due October 14, 2016
Quarter 2 Report - Due January 20, 2017
Quarter 3 Report - Due April 21, 2017
Quarter 4 Report - Due July 17, 2017