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 facilitated access to services provided by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Transportation, and 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.


The 2015/16 Love Your Block Application is now closed. The 2016/17 Love Your Block Application will open in Fall 2016.