Capital Grants (Formerly known as Resolution A (RESO A) Capital Funds)
Capital Grants are given to projects that improve property being used to serve New York City. Nonprofits and organizations that have operating contracts with the City of New York may apply for this funding.
The Center for NYC Neighborhoods’ FloodHelpNY is a platform that helps New Yorkers to protect their home and finances from risks associated with flooding. The website provides free home resiliency audits, free property vulnerability evaluations, guidance on flood insurance, other resources, and links to programs and benefits to help homeowners living in flood zones.
The Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) supports projects by nonprofits and public schools. Programs are funded by New York City’s Department for the Aging, Department of Correction, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. One-time awards range from $3,500 to $5,000. Organizations apply through an online application process.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is a 20-year old nonprofit organization that facilitates high-impact public-private partnerships throughout the New York City’s five boroughs. Nonprofits can apply for funding that conforms to the Fund’s current set of priorities.
NYC CoolRoofs provides free and low-cost installations of green and white roofs to non-profits, affordable and supportive housing organizations, select cooperatively-owned housing, and select organizations providing public, cultural, or community services. The program, a collaboration between NYC Service and the New York City Department of Buildings, also offers technical assistance and low-cost installation options for privately owned buildings.
Participatory Budgeting is a process through which constituents take part in deciding how funds will be allocated and budgeted within a government or nonprofit organization. New Yorkers can propose and vote for ideas associated with the Participatory Budget process through City Council ballots. Approximately $1 million of the New York City’s public budget is decided through the participatory budgeting process in Council Districts. City Council members can also allocate certain discretionary funds for projects. Information about New York City’s participatory budgeting process is found here: https://council.nyc.gov/pb/.
Some nonprofits also use participatory budgeting processes. Resources for nonprofits as they move from a traditional organizational budgeting process to participatory budgeting are available here: https://www.participatorybudgeting.org/.
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection provides 60-gallon rain barrels to constituents in the five boroughs. Rain barrels are connected directly to the property owner’s downspout to capture and store storm water. This approach saves residents money and prevents sewer system overflows by capturing water before it flows into the city’s sewer system. Offices of local elected officials should be contacted to find out when they are scheduling a spring or summer rain barrel event.