Community Engagement Assistance

It is important for community-based organizations (CBOs) to regularly engage with local businesses, residents and other stakeholders to identify neighborhood priorities and forge constructive relationships. Successful community engagement can greatly strengthen and sustain the work of CBOs to revitalize NYC neighborhoods. In partnership with Public Agenda, we provide group training and one-on-one assistance to CBOs to tackle engagement challenges and strengthen community relationships.

Organizations receiving one-on-one assistance through this program will identify a key engagement challenge and work with Public Agenda to improve their engagement efforts by applying new strategies and techniques. Guidance will be offered in areas such as:

  • Issue framing
  • Face-to-face and online meetings and discussions
  • Working with elected officials and other stakeholders
  • Designing engagement opportunities
  • Recruitment beyond the usual suspects
  • Managing engagement needs

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, with a preference for organizations serving low- and moderate-income neighborhoods;
  • Nonprofit organizations incorporated in New York State;
  • Organizations compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements. 

How to Apply

Applications have closed. Check back for updates on when applications open for next year's program.

Contact us for more information.