2020 Census

Announcing the Complete Count Committee and Manhattan Counts Funding Initiative

Brewer speaks into a microphone about the 2020 Census

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census, a country-wide count of everyone living in the United States. The next census will take place next year, in 2020. Achieving a complete count is key to ensuring funding and representation in Congress are distributed fairly for years to come.

Cities like ours, with diverse populations and large immigrant communities, are at risk of being under-counted. New York City can’t afford to lose resources or members of Congress. That’s why I launched a Complete Count Committee and am funding NYC-based, culturally competent efforts to help communicate the importance of the census through the Manhattan Counts Initiative. Read more below:

Complete Count Committee

Manhattan Complete Count Committee is an effort designed to ensure everyone in Manhattan is counted in the 2020 Census. The Committee includes leaders from labor groups, non-profits, business groups, and others.

Manhattan Counts Funding Initiative

I also launched a first-of-its-kind funding initiative, dubbed Manhattan Counts, for creative solutions to reach historically under-counted communities. I’m allocating a total of $50,000 to community based organizations who come up with innovative, impactful, and results-oriented ideas to count these groups.

10 organizations will receive $5,000 each to be spent in Manhattan neighborhoods. This is a reimbursement-based grant and the applicants that are awarded funding will have to sign a contract with one of the following agencies: DOHMH, DOC, DOE and DFTA. If the applicant is also receiving funds from the city or state, they will have to demonstrate how the Borough President’s funds will augment their project.

Examples of intended audience are people of color, recent immigrants, young children, renters, formerly incarcerated, homeless people, and residents in luxury condominiums. Proposals should clearly indicate the intended audience and demonstrate how it will increase the census response rate.

Review Criteria:

Each applicant must complete an online application, which includes questions related to the operations of the applicant and how awarded funds would be used. A review panel made up of the Borough President’s budget staff and the Complete Count Committee will assess the application based on the following criteria:

  • Organization’s ability to effectively manage grant funds: Evaluators will review responses to questions related to the organization’s fiscal, governance, and administrative structure and history.
  • Population served: Evaluators will review the defined population, its needs, and the evidence provided to support the population’s needs. We will also evaluate the organization’s recruitment strategies and how it collaborates with other organizations that serve similar populations.
  • Program description and ability to ensure evaluation and program success: Evaluators will review the proposal’s defined goal, objectives, activities, and outcomes
  • Program budget: Evaluators will review the application budget items to determine if the items are appropriate and reasonable to determine the impact and success.
  • Relationship of organization or program to the mission of the contracted city agency: Evaluators will review how the organization or program will advance and enhance the agency’s mission and goals.

How To Apply:

Applications are available via our Grant Portal.

For any remaining questions, or feedback, please contact our budget team:

Vanessa Diaz-Lopez at vdiaz-lopez@manhattanbp.nyc.gov
James Thomas at jthomas@manhattanbp.nyc.gov
Nelson Andino at nandino@manhattanbp.nyc.gov