Manhattan Community Award Program

The Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) provides small funding awards—between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools to help support programming or operational expenses. Each award is contracted through one of five City agencies – Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) or Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR). Proposals must relate to the specific agency’s overall mission and goals. 

“Grants like these can make a big difference for local neighborhoods and the schools and organizations serving them. Whether it’s supporting a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, or a writing and mentoring program for girls in our schools, the Manhattan Community Award Program is makes a difference in the communities we serve.”

– Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

Review Criteria

Each applicant must complete an online application. The application includes questions related to the operations of the applicant and information about how awarded funds would be utilized. Review of the applications is based on the following criteria:

  • Organization’s ability to effectively manage grant funds:  This will help us understand how organization’s fiscal stability, governance structure, and administrative capacity.
  • Population served: Define the population, its needs, and the evidence that is given 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 (if applicable) and ability to assure quality control and program success: If funding is being requested for a specific program, evaluators will review the program description to determine the thoroughness of the answer. For each application, evaluators will review the proposal’s defined goals and outcomes, and how each organization monitors program quality.
  • Program budget: Evaluators will review both the organization and the project budgets (revenue and expenses) to determine the impact of grant funding.
  • Uniqueness of Service: The proposed program/project provides a unique service within its discipline, and/or community, neighborhood, population, or borough and checks for duplicate programs in the area. 
  • 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 City agency’s mission and/or goals. 

For any remaining questions, or feedback, please contact our Budget unit via email at or call Sania Ahmed at 212-669-2969 or Debbie Timothy at 212-669-2029.

How to Apply

For organizations that did not apply last year, please take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Create an account
    • Select one login email address/password to be used for all of the organization's submissions
    • Provide the email address of the person who will be responsible for the grant administration. Important communication regarding your grant application will be via this email address.
  • Step 2: Create a profile for your account
    • Carefully fill out all the required entries. The profile you create for your organization will be used to identify your organization in our system.
    • Note: for organization address, please use your organization’s mailing address.
  • Step 3: Complete the online grant application
    • You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application.

For organizations that did apply last year, please take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Log in to your account on the Grants Portal
    • Please ensure that your organization profile is as complete as possible.
  • Step 2: Complete the online grant application
    • You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application.

Deadline: Friday, September 15th, 2017