The 2015 Grant Application Submission Period is Now Closed:

Grant winners will be announced the week of November 24th.  

About This Initiative 

Love Your Block (LYB) is a special partnership between NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for City residents to transform and beautify their neighborhoods while leveraging City services.  Resident-led volunteer groups (grantees) receive a grant of up to $1,000 to transform a city block. 

LYB grantees receive project-planning and community-building assistance, as well as assistance with local media coverage for the project.

Additionally, LYB grantees are able to receive "one-stop" access to services provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Sanitation of New York to help improve their block. 

Past LYB grantees have received assistance with City services, including, but not limited to: trash collection, vacant lot cleanup, graffiti removal, dead tree removal, tree planting, providing woodchip mulch for gardening projects, repair of and installation of street signs and street lights, traffic safety surveys, and more.

The specific goals of the initiative are:

  • To encourage tenant, block, and civic associations throughout the five boroughs to engage their members in an organized, one-day event held between April 18, 2015 and June 28, 2015, that aims to beautify their block.
  • To support and provide resources in the form of a cash grant to associations.
  • To bring relevant City services that will support the efforts of each association.