Manhattan Counts Initiative

I 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.

DEADLINE: August 16, 2019

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

Vanessa Diaz-Lopez at
James Thomas at
Nelson Andino at