We want to try and give more and more projects a chance to share in the spotlight. That’s why every now and again we’ve been changing the featured projects on our homepage. We’d love to be able to feature absolutely every project all at once, but we’ve only got space for six! This week we’re featuring projects from Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and another that reaches across all five boroughs! They range from a composting project to a local foods supper club, from a revitalization project to a stormwater management project focused on our City’s marinas! Thanks to everyone for making Change by Us NYC into an exciting place to collaborate with other New Yorkers to make our city better!
We’ve been up and running for just over a month now, and the response has been outstanding. With more than 1,200 active members and 190 dynamic projects, Change by Us NYC is already the city’s premier site for community collaboration. We recently pointed to some projects doing exciting work, but there are a whole lot more cropping up everyday. We look forward to highlighting even more.
But before we get there, we want to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming grant application deadline on Monday, August 15th. We’re looking for composting, tree and park stewarship, and community gardening and agriculture projects to help support with $500 – $1,000 grants. So click here to download the guidelines and application.
If you have questions about the grant application process, feel free to contact Saleen Shah of Citizens Committee for New York City at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 822-9566.
The grant application deadline is coming up on Monday, August 15th, but there’s still plenty of time to get your project together and apply. To provide a little guidance about the ins and outs, we’re holding another grant application workshop together with Citizens Committe for New York City (CCNYC) next Monday evening, August 8th, in the Bronx. We hope you’ll join us.
The last workshop was amazing. We had people in the room from 30 different organizations serving residents throughout the five boroughs, and the converstation was really lively with everyone learning about Change by Us NYC and connecting with one another. We’re looking forward to a similar turn out this time. Here are the details:
Monday, August 8th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp.
555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Call or email Bryan Jimenez to RSVP: (212) 822-9563/ email@example.com.
For the grant application form and more information, click here to visit the Change by Us NYC page on the CCNYC website.
Actually, it’s more than one project, but we couldn’t resist the reference. You may have seen that we’ve recently started tweeting about Change by Us NYC projects for our followers. But there’s only so much you can do in 140 characters, right? So we’ve turned to our trusted blog to applaud some of the terrific community collaboration happening on the site.
This week’s projects are brought to us by the borough of Brooklyn. And they each give a really good sense about how New Yorkers can use Change by Us NYC to organize, engage, and act to make a lasting impact in local neighborhoods.
Compost for Brooklyn:
• Members: 41
• Mission: At Compost for Brooklyn, we transform our community’s organic waste into compost, which is used to cultivate healthy urban ecosystems throughout NYC. (www.compostforbrooklyn.org)
• Coming Up: Raising funds to buy a leaf shredder for project LeafDrop in the fall!
Project Beekman Compost:
• Members: 24
• Mission: Composting can provide paid positions for young adults. Today’s youth face high unemployment rates. With the support of PLGNA (plgna.org) we plan to create opportunities for them in the green economy!
• Coming Up: Creating a collection bin to temporarily store collected food scraps—so we don’t have to use freezers and fridges!
Myrtle Village Green:
• Members: 19
• Mission: Myrtle Village Green is a community of green conscious individuals who want an IMMEDIATE & INTERIM park/garden built on Myrtle and Kent Avenue in the Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn, along with an inclusive participatory planning process.
• Coming Up: Block Party, September 24th!
The activity on Change by Us NYC continues to grow. The website’s been live for a little less than a month, and we already have 180 projects! So check back soon to see what projects we write about next – and which are featured on the homepage.