On Saturday, February 11th, we’re joining the NYC Parks and Environmental Protection Departments, PlaNYC, Million Trees NYC, NYC Service and many more to host the Grow Our Grassroots Summit! You can look forward to workshops and panels on topics that range from tree watering to grassroots fundraising to using social media to organize your community! It’s bound to be an extremely interesting event, and we can’t wait to see all of you there! Check out the site here for more details, and don’t forget to register for the event here.
Change by Us NYC 2.0 arrives next month! The upgraded website will look and feel very similar to the one you currently use, but with better search capabilities and some exciting new features. Specifically, Change by Us 2.0 will allow you to:
-List “Needs” and “Events” on your project page to help specify what items, skills or volunteer assistance you need and when
-Upload images and documents to your project page
-Share projects on Google+
-Invite Facebook friends to your project directly from CBU’s website!
Check the Change by Us NYC Recent News blog and Tumblr for continuing updates on the switch, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns. Change by Us 2.0 could not have happened without the success of the original website, which was fueled by dedicated users like you. On behalf of Local Projects, Change by Us NYC and the City of New York, thanks for making CBU such a success. We hope that you’ll use Change by Us NYC 2.0 to create many more groundbreaking projects that continue to make our city a greener, greater place to live.
The New York Restoration Project’s Gardens for the City grant program has a pretty great track record for making big changes and positive impacts all over New York City – from a revitalized juvenile center in Brownsville, to a schoolyard in Clinton Hill, to a housing complex in the Bronx, previous winners have made their project sites into flourishing green spaces. Yours could be next! If you need some help getting your community garden project off the ground, now’s your chance to get the funding you need. Check out the program’s website, and make sure to submit your application by February 15th!
This Saturday, join Grow NYC, the Staten Island Hunger Task Force, St. John’s University, and many more great organizations for their Grow to Give conference. The event gives volunteer organizations, students, and charitable groups the opportunity to connect with each other, and develop relationships between community gardens and Staten Island’s food pantries. It’s an exciting way to bring the products of community gardens to those in need, and we can’t wait to see what happens. Check out the flyer on our Tumblr for more details, and learn even more about the event on Facebook. See you there!
Are you looking for more funding for a park-related CBU project? Good news – Partnerships for Parks is giving grants that range in size from $250 to $5,000! Whether you’re just starting out or have been established for some time, apply here by the February 1st deadline for consideration. Only projects that take place on the property of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are eligible, though, so make sure yours qualifies before you apply.
It’s that time of year again: Christmas trees are strewn by the thousand across New York City’s curbs. Luckily, there’s a way to give your tree a second life. Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC for “MulchFest” this weekend to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. Last year was as huge success – close to 17,000 trees were recycled citywide, and hundreds of New Yorkers took part in the event. Not only does this effectively remove curbside trees, the mulch is critical for winter tree upkeep. Mulching a ring around trees, with space between the trunk and the mulch ring, insulates the soil from the cold and prevents salt and other pollutants from infiltrating the soil.
Sound like a good idea? There are several fun ways to chip in! Drop your tree off at any of the drop-off sites by January 8th and have your tree mulched for you later. You can also bring your tree to a chipping site this weekend, January 7th or 8th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and take home a free (biodegradable!) bag of mulch. Drop-off and chipping sites are listed here (or visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest ).
Since CBU launched, we’ve attracted:
…and counting! Our grantwinners have some pretty impressive achievements to their credit, too. 19 different projects across all 5 boroughs have improved 16 neighborhoods. 611 volunteers have given more than 3,804 hours of service, maintaining 85 trees and processing upwards of 4,646 pounds of food and 4,700 pounds of yard waste in 18 different community gardens and composting sites. And this isn’t even counting the immeasurable impact this work has had on NYC communities! Congratulations to everyone who has helped make CBU such a success so far!
Does your project need more funding? Citizens Committee NYC has made a tremendous impact on a number of CBU groups with their Love Your Block grant (recent winners include 462 Halsey and Unify and Beautify West 150th Street), so be sure to check out their terrific new grant opportunity!
What is it?
The New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant is awarded by Citizens Committee NYC to volunteer-led groups from all five boroughs who address important community concerns and contribute to building stronger communities.
When is it?
Applications are due January 31st, 2012.
How do I apply?
Just click on over to Citizens Committee NYC and download an application. You’ll have to describe a project that can be accomplished in ten months, estimate a budget, and request grant funds accordingly. And don’t forget about the application workshops if you want to get a little help!
What can I win?
You can win between $500 and $3,000, as well as project planning assistance, skill-building workshops, and access to the Citizens Committee Loan Library, which has resources like a microphone system, canopies, and a DVD projector.
Click here to download the application, and for more information about the grant and grant application workshops. Get clicking!