Open Streets Grant

People sitting at tables set up outside businesses on a street in Chinatown that has been closed to traffic

The Open Streets Grant will fund community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to support, operate, maintain, and enhance NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)-designated Open Street locations on commercial corridors. The Open Streets program allows communities to embrace new public space, drive economic recovery, and allow for a range of car-free activities that support local businesses. Learn more about the Open Streets program and/or become a designated partner here.

This first round of applications are for Open Streets that will occur in the 2021 calendar year. Applications for 2022 Open Street events on commercial corridors will open in winter 2021-2022.

This program is funded through the federal American Rescue Plan.

Open Streets Grant Opportunities

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Open Streets Grant – Single Neighborhood

Single Neighborhood Grants will be awarded to eligible organizations hosting Open Street events on a commercial corridor during the 2021 calendar year.

  • Grants of up to $50,000 in dedicated project funding may be used for the execution of Open Streets, including street management, cleanliness and beautification, streetscape enhancements, district marketing, and programming.
  • The amount awarded will be determined by the frequency and expanse of the designated Open Street event(s). More details on funding formula can be found in the program guidelines.
  • This first application round will cover Open Street events held in 2021. All events held on or after March 4, 2021, may be eligible for funding if successful completion of an event can be demonstrated. Priority for funding will be determined by community need, type of Open Street (preference will be given to temporary full closure for 2021), the number of businesses supported, the duration of the event(s), and funding availability.
  • The goal of this funding opportunity is to provide community-based development organizations (CBDOs) with the resources to support, operate, and maintain DOT-designated Open Street locations, including activities/materials, such as street management, cleanliness and beautification, streetscape enhancements, district marketing, and programming.
  • A key priority of the Single Neighborhood 2021 Open Streets Grant is to encourage business districts in underserved areas, especially those without an existing Open Street, to participate in the program with financial support from SBS.
    Please note: While groups are welcome to apply for funding, DOT must designate the applicant as an official Open Street partner prior to funds being awarded. It is recommended that interested groups first apply to become an official Open Street partner.

Read the single neighborhood Open Streets grant program guidelines for more information.

Who Can Apply

Nonprofit community-based development organizations (BIDs, local development corporations, merchant associations, and other organizations) operating within the five boroughs of New York City that are:

  • Designated by DOT as an Open Street partner (learn more and become a partner here)
  • Managing an Open Street on a commercial corridor (For purposes of this grant, a commercial corridor is defined as having a minimum of three storefront businesses located on the Open Street; view a map of commercial storefronts here)
  • Nonprofit organizations incorporated in New York State
  • Organizations compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements

How to Apply

The priority deadline for the Single Neighborhood 2021 Open Streets Grant application is October 15, 2021. Applications may still be reviewed on a rolling basis after this deadline depending on available funding. It is recommended that organizations apply by the priority deadline to guarantee consideration.

A separate application round will launch for 2022 funding and will coincide with DOT's call for 2022 Open Street partners. More information is expected to be available in Winter 2021 – 2022.

Apply for a Single Neighborhood 2021 Open Streets Grant here.

Citywide Open Streets Grant

Citywide Grants provide funding to community-based development organizations (CBDOs) serving multiple boroughs and neighborhoods across the city who can provide Open Street operators with technical assistance, physical assets, design interventions, materials, and/or other resources needed to successfully execute or improve an Open Streets program.

  • Grants of up to $100,000 in dedicated project funding may be used to support designated DOT Open Street partners, by providing programming or other resources that can enhance the Open Street experience and support local business.
  • A minimum of five Open Street locations on commercial corridors must be beneficiaries of whatever project or assistance the applicant is proposing. For purposes of this grant, a commercial corridor is defined as having a minimum of three storefront businesses located on the Open Street. View a map of commercial storefronts here.
  • All events held on or after July 1, 2021, may be eligible for funding, however priority will be given to new and innovative projects. The proposed project must conclude by June 30, 2022.

Read the citywide Open Streets grant program guidelines for more information.

Who Can Apply

  • Nonprofit community-based development organizations operating within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Nonprofit organizations incorporated in New York State
  • Organizations compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements

How to Apply

First round applications will close on October 22, 2021.

Apply for a Citywide Open Streets Grant here.