Application Guidelines

Applications are accepted from NYC Public Schools grades K-12.
  • Preference will be given to recycling and waste related projects
  • School must have a Green Team, or be in the process of creating one
  • Green Team must have at least five members
  • Students must have a signed photo release
  • Teacher has to submit application and be the primary contact
  • Green Teams can only be funded ONCE a school year
  • Grantees must complete Grant Agreement

Examples of projects we support include building or expanding a school garden, enhancing a school recycling program, creating school sustainability events, purchasing eco-friendly giveaway items, and providing uniforms/t-shirts for the Green Team. Projects must be completed by the end of the school year. Please plan your projects accordingly

Our grants are not for:
  • Individuals (including individual artists)
  • For-profit projects
  • Businesses (including businesses with non-profit projects)
  • Direct service or social work projects (e.g., job trainings or mental health counseling)
  • Fraternal and partisan organizations
  • Religion-based initiatives
  • Projects of staffed organizations
  • Projects with admission or participation fees
We also do not fund the following items:
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Web hosting and development
  • 501(c)(3) application fees
  • Training fees
  • Salaries
  • Speaker honorariums
  • Luxury items
  • Audio and visual equipment
  • Subscriptions
  • Back-to-school items
  • Block parties
  • Computer equipment

We do not fund existing school curricula (e.g., materials for an art class), long-standing programs (e.g., annual school play), and programs of staffed non-profits based in the school.

Submitting an application is easy:

Describe a project that incorporates your school’s Green Team, enhances sustainability at your school. Estimate how much it will realistically cost and request a grant amount that accurately reflects that cost.

Upon completion of a group’s project, we request that your results be posted on our website, nyc.gov/zws. The deadline for posting results on the ZWS site is the end of the school year. For account assistance, please email DSNY at schools@dsny.nyc.gov.

DSNY is happy to answer questions about the application. Please email us at schools@dsny.nyc.gov for application assistance or for any questions you may have.