We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Change by Us mini-grants! We received dozens of applications from projects all over the city, and after much deliberation, we’ve chosen 10 terrific groups to take their projects to the next level. The next few months should bring a lot of exciting news from our grant-winners, and we can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Read more about the program and our partnership with MillionTreesNYC in the official press release from the NYC Parks Department, and check out the full list of CBU grant winners below.
462 Halsey Community Garden: will work in Bedford-Stuyvesant to expand their composting capabilities by building more durable compost bins and establishing their community garden program as a designated NYC Compost Project Demonstration Site. ($1000)
A.B.L.E. House Tree Guard Project: will train residents in East Harlem in the construction of durable metal tree guards, lead composting and stewardship workshops. ($1000)
Butterflies, Birds & Bees, Oh My!: will develop and lead workshops at community gardens in the Bronx and throughout the City to introduce better gardening practices and to help attract pollinators to the area. ($600)
Empowering Powell Street: will use their community garden in Brownsville as teaching center that will educate the surrounding community about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. ($1000)
Go Green Boerum Hill: will bring residents of a Boerum Hill block together to plant trees, flowers, and learn about stewardship.($300)
Help the Streets of Prospect Heights: will construct tree guards for neighborhood street trees along Vanderbilt Avenue. ($650)
M’finda Kalunga Community Garden: will install a turtle pond in their community center’s garden to diversify the wildlife in the Lower East Side/Chinatown area. ($900)
Roosevelt Island Garden Program: will enrich their school’s educational garden by introducing vertical agriculture and enhancing facilities on Roosevelt Island. ($500)
Vernon Cases Garden: Will revitalize and restore a community garden in Bedford-Stuyvesant with flower bed plantings and tree stewardship efforts. ($1000)
Unify and Beautify W. 150th Street: will organize continued planting, beautification, and revitalization projects throughout the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. ($1000)
Starting on Saturday, June 2, our friends at Citizens Committee for New York City will be hosting a week of workshops and networking opportunities at their offices in downtown Manhattan. These terrific events will give you the chance to learn everything from how to build your own website to how to get the media to know about your project – there’s even a tree stewardship workshop with MillionTreesNYC! Check out an abbreviated events listing below, and click here for more details.
6/2/12, 11 am – 2 pm: D.I.Y. Website
6/4/12, 6 pm – 8 pm: Media Tools
6/6/12, 6 pm – 8 pm: Tree Stewardship with MillionTreesNYC
6/7/12, 6 pm – 8 pm: Rat Abatement
6/9/12, 11 am - 2 pm: Learn How to Build a Tree Guard
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities and CBU events taking place near you? Check out the new Events Calendar by clicking “Calendar” at the top of the CBU homepage. You’ll find listings for CBU project-hosted events taking place all over the City – and you might even discover a new project that you want to get involved with. Head over here and take a look at all the great things that CBU’ers across New York are working on.