NYC Service is excited to announce its 20 recipients of the NYC Civic Impact Funding! Read the press release "De Blasio Administration's NYC Civic Impact Funding Awardees Provide High Need Communities COVID-19 Relief.

These 20 funding recipients were selected from more than 500 applications and are supporting NYC-based volunteer and civic engagement efforts in response to COVID-19. Preference was given to organizations supplying and/or serving food in high need areas, with an emphasis on those developing robust volunteer programming to deliver critical services and demonstrating the greatest need and impact relative to scale.


Allen AME Church

Astoria Mutual Aid Network

Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services Corp.

Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center Inc.

Children of Promise

Hope Empowerment And Development Zone Incorporated

Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS)

Invisible Hands Deliver Inc.

Laal NYC

Mayday Space

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns - Northeast

People In Need, Inc.

Red Hook Initiative

Roots Food Pantry

South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)

Sunnyside Community Services

Sustainable United Neighborhoods Inc

The Bronx Parent Housing Network, Inc.

United Sikhs

Wyckoff House & Association, Inc.



The NYC Civic Impact Funding supports nonprofit and community-based organization efforts to engage volunteers who help deliver essential services to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations across the city are on the front lines – along with their volunteers – supporting residents in a multitude of ways. Food distribution and support is a particularly high needs area, so this funding focuses support on food supplying and/or serving organizations and helping organizations strategically leverage volunteers to deliver essential services during (and after) this crisis, as well as strengthen community engagement and support at a time when it is desperately needed.

Requirements & Priorities

The Civic Impact Funding is open to all community serving organizations and nonprofits, but preference will be given to those that are food supplying and/or serving organizations that are engaging (or working to engage) volunteers to deliver services to communities. It also targets organizations in areas of the city lacking support from city agencies and/or other support networks.

In order to be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  or have a fiscal sponsor 
  • Use funding exclusively to support NYC-based volunteer and civic engagement efforts. Organizations that also operate outside of NYC are eligible to apply, but must use this funding for their NYC programming.

Preference will be given to the organizations that:

  • are community-based
  • Supply food and/or serving organizations – particularly those lacking support from city agencies and/or other support networks
  • Engage (or working to engage) volunteers to deliver critical services (e.g. volunteer food distribution, meal preparation, logistical support, tracking data)
  • Serve and/or partner with poverty-affected communities
  • Demonstrate the greatest need and impact, relative to scale (based on organizational budget size, staff capacity, and project scope and budget)

Other Funding Details

Applicants may request one-time funding for up to $10,000 which must be used by June 30th, 2020. A successful application will demonstrate that funding will be used to support the implementation or expansion of volunteer efforts who help deliver essential services to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Funding recipients may propose funds to be used in other ways, as long as the request supports volunteer engagement efforts during the crisis. For further questions, please contact Jamaica Carter, NYC Service Capacity Building Coordinator, at 

Funds May be Used for:

  • Permanent employees directly supporting or leading volunteer engagement efforts to deliver critical services
  • Temporary employees or consultants to help build capacity
  • Volunteer stipends (e.g. travel costs via metro card)
  • Volunteer training set up and/or materials
  • Supplies and/or food for volunteer support
  • Volunteer background checks and recruitment and/or outreach materials

Funds May Not be Used for:

  • Office furniture/equipment , general operating costs (e.g. rent, insurance, and/or utilities), and general administration fees

Recipient Expectations

Selected funding recipients must:

  • Submit a final report upon completion of the funding term
  • Submit timely receipts and invoices for services rendered within the funding agreement. All funds must be used by June 30th, 2020.
  • Coordinate with NYC Service to co-brand relevant projects and promote on external channels
  • Participate in a debrief session at the end of the funding term with NYC Service and other recipients

Next Steps & Application Instructions

The application deadline was May 14th at 3pm and is no longer accepting applications. Subscribe to receive information about trainings, funding opportunities, and other resources for community-based organizations.