Two of our CBU projects have joined Love Your Block to beautify and improve their neighborhoods, and their block-rejuvenation events are taking place this weekend. Join Unify and Beautify West 150th Street for a planting, cleaning, and mulching event between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, and visit Harlem’s Rock Your Block for a tree planting, care, and stewardship workshop. These are terrific opportunities to make a huge impact on Upper Manhattan, and will help us make New York City greener and greater – one block at a time. And don’t forget to check out the Love Your Block website to learn more about this initiative of NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City and to get involved with projects like these in your area.
Our friends at ioby have gone national! The previously New York City-only crowdsourced fundraising site is now serving the entire United States, so environmental projects everywhere take note – now’s your chance to make an even bigger impact on your community. With ioby, community-led environmental projects can seek funding from their surrounding communities via micro-donations. So far, the site has helped raise more than $250,000 for projects in New York alone, and volunteers have committed more than 50,000 hours to hundreds of different projects. Congratulations to Erin Barnes and the entire ioby team on this terrific expansion.
Attention school gardeners: Grow to Learn has announced a new cycle of mini-grants! Eligible projects can win between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand school gardens. Applications are due by May 1st, and New York City public and charter schools registered with Grow to Learn are encouraged to apply. Check out the application here and visit the Grow to Learn website to learn more about this exciting program.
Thanks for applying for a 2012 Change by Us Mini-Grant! The application period of the process is now closed, and your submitted applications will now be reviewed and assessed by the CBU Team. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions on May 15th. Thanks again for applying, and we can’t wait to learn more about your projects.
You’ve started a project page, updated your needs, and come up with a concrete plan – now how do you get volunteers to join in on the fun? In order to be eligible for the 2012 CBU Mini-Grant, your project needs at least 20 members, and this tutorial is designed to help you achieve just that. Watch the above video to learn about promoting your project on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms in order to get as many interested people involved as you possibly can! And remember: one of the most important parts of attracting volunteers to your project is the amount of information that you make available, so be as detailed as you can be when filling out your profile page.