Manhattan Community Award Program

The Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) provides small funding awards—between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools to help support programming or operational expenses. Each award is contracted through one of five City agencies (DFTA, DOC, DOE, DOHMH, or DPR). Proposals must relate to the specific agency’s overall mission and goals.

This year, the Borough President will also allocate funds to Manhattan organizations under the Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative, to support healthy eating and plant-based food preparation demonstrations at local supermarkets. In coordination with our office and with local supermarkets, the selected organizations will guide residents—including seniors and new families—through accessible recipes with healthy products that are available in their communities.

If your organization would like to be considered for the Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative, please indicate that in your application (questions 14-15c).

“Grants like these can make a big difference for local neighborhoods and the schools and organizations serving them. Whether it’s supporting a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, or a writing and mentoring program for girls in our schools, Manhattan Community Award grants support programs that can transform neighborhoods and change lives.”

– Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

Review Criteria

Each applicant must complete an online application. The application includes questions related to the operations of the applicant and information about how awarded funds would be utilized. A review panel 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 administration structure and history.
  • Population served: Evaluators will review the definition of the population, its needs, and the evidence that is given to support the population’s needs. It will also evaluate the organization’s recruitment strategies and how it collaborates with other organizations that serve similar populations.
  • Program description (if applicable) and ability to assure quality control and program success: If funding is being requested for a specific program, evaluators will review the program description to determine the thoroughness of the answer. For each application, evaluators will review the proposal’s defined goals and outcomes, and how each organization monitors program quality.
  • Program budget: Evaluators will review both the organization’s and the project’s income and expenses to determine the impact of grant funding.
  • Uniqueness of Service (15%): The proposed program/project provides a unique service within its discipline, and/or community, neighborhood, population, or borough and checks for duplicate programs in the area.
  • 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 City agency’s mission and/or goals. 

For any remaining questions, or feedback, please contact Vladimir Martinez, Director of Budget & Capital Projects at or 212-669-4814.

How to Apply

Applications for the Manhattan Community Award Program are scheduled to be open the week of July 23. Please check back on this website or email with any questions.

For organizations that did not apply last year, please take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Create an account
    • Select one login email address/password to be used for all of the organization's submissions
    • Provide the email address of the person who will be responsible for the grant administration. Important communication regarding your grant application will be via this email address.
  • Step 2: Create a profile for your account
    • Carefully fill out all the required entries. The profile you create for your organization will be used to identify your organization in our system.
    • Note: for organization address, please use your organization’s mailing address.
  • Step 3: Complete the online grant application
    • You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application.

For organizations that did apply last year, please take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Log in to your account on the Grants Portal
    • Please ensure that your organization profile is as complete as possible.
  • Step 2: Complete the online grant application
    • You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application.


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