Applicant FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

All CEANYC member organizations are eligible whether they are 501c3 nonprofits, incorporated as cooperatives or LLCs, or are unincorporated. This include groups who joined CEANYC through shared membership agreements with NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives and Urban Homesteading Assistance Board or who are members of  National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions or NYC Community Gardens Coalition. Groups that are members of networks such as Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, and Just Food may also apply, but priority is given to groups covered under shared membership agreements.Individuals may apply but must be sponsored by a group in the above categories. Groups may only receive funding once per a calendar year. If you aren’t sure about your eligibility you can check the Membership Directory to see if your organization, or a network your organization belongs to, is listed. If it is not you can join CEANYC for at no cost by filling out a membership form.

How can funds be used?

Funds may be used to cover a range of  expenses and activities including, but not limited to:

  • Event Sponsorship (This includes fundraising parties or galas, conferences, public events, or gatherings.)
  • Scholarships to attend conferences, trainings, and events, or to access technical assistance or coaching (This might include large gatherings or individual training or assistance from a cooperative or solidarity enterprise expert.)
  • Crowdfunding campaign matches (This is only available if your group is a 501c3 nonprofit or is partnered with a 501c3 nonprofit that can receive the funds.)
  • Emergency assistance (This might include recovery from a climate or natural disaster or responding to a crisis that jeopardizes your group.)

We have left these categories as broad as possible to allow us to distribute funds with the most flexibility.

How much money is a grant for?

Grants are made in amounts of $500-$5,000.

How are decisions made?

In the 2018 cycle CEANYC’s Board of Directors will be determining gift allocations. The Board uses the following criteria to determine funding:

  • Group meets eligibility requirements
  • Need (Can this money come from anywhere else or is CEANYC the only or a primary source of funds?)
  • Sectoral diversity (Gifts are spread evenly across our membership of credit unions, worker co-ops, food co-ops, community gardens, CSAs, housing co-ops, community land trusts, and co-op or solidarity economy organizations.)
  • Mission-alignment (Gift meets CEANYC’s mission to serve low-income communities and advance racial justice)

List of grantees and any information about limits to funding a particular sector can be found here.

How can a group apply?

Any eligible group can apply at any time in the calendar year by filling out this short form.

What does CEANYC require once a gift has been made?

It depends on your gift. There is always some paperwork we’ll require to address legal concerns. While not required, we also appreciate recognition and documentation, i.e. a thank you on social media or at the event, photos of your activities. Such recognition and documentation helps us share the value of this funding and helps us raise more money to give away.

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