Manhattan Community Award Program


Manhattan Community Award Program Guidelines

Manhattan Community Awards Program are contracted through four city agencies: the Department for the Aging (DFTA), the Department of Correction (DOC), the Department of Education (DOE), and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Please note that applicants must select an agency and submit a proposal for a project that serves the overall mission and goals of the agency.

Award Size: One-time contract ranging from $5,000 to $7,500. The maximum funding for programs contracted via DOE is $5,000.

Award Type: This is a reimbursement grant. All goods and services must be purchased or provided no later than June 30, of the FY in order for an organization to receive the funding.

Focus: FY Manhattan Community Award Program prioritizes funding to organizations working with Manhattan communities and addressing the items listed below. Additionally, our office is seeking innovative, pilot projects, or established projects that identified an increase in participation addressing these issues.

Priority projects in FY ’23 include, but are not limited to:


  • Peer training and/or navigator programs focusing on outreach to homeless populations and those with substance abuse issues
  • Programs that research and educate populations regarding the long-term health impacts of Covid-19
  • Professional development programs targeting bias in healthcare delivery
  • Food pantry and emergency food access programs

Climate Mitigation and Resiliency

  • Public engagement around specific Manhattan-based resiliency projects
  • Study of the heat impacts on New York City and/or mitigation studies and education campaigns
  • Green roof projects, hydroponics, and community gardens


  • Training for literacy coaches and/or programs to provide literacy coaches
  • Sports and other after-school physical education programs

Anti-Gun Violence Initiatives

  • Anti-gun violence and intervention programs
  • Performance, literary and visual arts partnerships addressing social justice and the impacts of racism
  • School-arts organization partnerships pertaining to anti-gun initiatives


Check our website in July of 2023 for the FY24 application.

Manhattan Composting Initiative Application Guidelines

For FY 23, Manhattan Borough President Levine funded a pilot initiative by setting aside $50,000 to support composting programs throughout Manhattan. Reducing the amount of organic waste that enters our waste stream is one of the easiest and most effective ways to combat climate change.

Award Size: One-time contact ranging from $5,000 to $7,500. Please note that the maximum funding for programs contracted via DOE is $5,000.

Award Type: This is a reimbursement grant. All goods and services must be purchased or provided no later than June 30, 2023 in order for an organization to receive the funding.

Priority projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Composting and composting education programs for youth
  • Composting and composting education programs for seniors
  • Community engagement regarding the importance of composting and the many options for doing so throughout Manhattan.


Review Criteria for General or Composting MCAP Applications

Each applicant had to complete an online application with questions related to how the funding will be used and the applicant organization’s operations. A review panel made up of the Borough President’s budget staff will assess the application based on the following criteria:

  • Organization & Mission
    Reviewers will evaluate responses to questions related to the organization’s fiscal health, governance, administration structure, leadership, and history. Capacity for managing the proposed project and prior project excellence will be evaluated.
  • Project Description
    Applicants should propose a project that addresses the stated need of the population. The project description should outline achievable deadlines or timetables for deliverables, and criteria for evaluating the project’s success. Goals, objectives, and outcomes should be clearly defined, measurable, and timely. Reviewers expect answers to be succinct, clear, and thorough.
  • Project Budget
    Evaluators will review the project budget item listed in the application. Applicants may attach an additional organizational budget to determine the organization’s size and capacity.
  • Need for MCAP Funding
    The application should justify the need for funding by outlining a gap in services or resources that this funding would fill to make the project successful.

For any questions, contact our Budget Unit via email:
Amy Slattery, 212-669-2392,
Nelson S. Andino, 212-669 8145,
Maytee Cariño, 212-669-8858,