2007-09-14 / Community

Grant Program Awards Grass-Roots Organizations

Get Involved, Improve Our Community

Senator Malcolm A. Smith is urging his constituents to take advantage of a new program to help make our neighborhoods better places to live, work and raise a family. Smith noted that a program called "New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods" (NYBYN) is providing small grants between $500 to $3,000, as well as training and hands-on technical assistance, to wellknown and new, volunteer-based, grass-roots organizations in the city.

"Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity to make their own contribution to improving our community," urged the Queens legislator. "There are a lot of success stories out there waiting to happen and this program provides the opportunity."

Senator Smith explained that Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), which runs the grant program, helps communities re-engage citizens and create unity. "The New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods awards are great opportunities to expand current community projects," noted the Queens Senator. "This could be your chance to formulate new, uplifting ways to inspire cooperative spirit and introduce proven concepts from neighboring communities that would be in everyone's mutual interest."

Senator Smith said CCNYC stimulates and supports self-help and civic action to improve the quality of life in New York City and its neighborhoods. Aside from appropriating funds, the CCNYC also provides tools to jumpstart the rejuvenation of community power. The organization also offers personable client collaboration on forecasts for optimal viability of community programs looking to expand operations, as well as new plans of actions yet to be conceived.

In recent years NYBN awards have improved the quality of life for lowincome neighborhoods with community gardens; contributed to community outreach programs for free tax preparation sites; facilitated immigrant assimilation and language activities; and child enrichment programs.

The next grant application deadline is September 30. To find out how to get support for a new or ongoing project, visit www.citizensnyc.org. For further information, call or e-mail Arif Ullah at 212-822-9580 or grants@citizens nyc.org.

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