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Format: 2017-11-18
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"I've talked to people who have had their lives and their communities improved with a relatively modest amount of money," said Peter Kostmayer, the group's chief executive officer. "So it's really not the money. It's really the idea of bringing people together to work on a project."

Non-Profit Offers Seed Money to Lift Neigborhoods
WNYC
November 26, 2011

PLG Arts is a community organization that promotes the arts, supports local artists, and builds community through celebrating the vibrant collective creativity of the residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood. Major support for PLG Arts is provided by the Citizens Committee for New York City Trailblazers Grant.

Community Art Show
Caribbean Life
November 10, 2011

Forbes kept calling various organizations to ask for grants. “I called back the Office of Emergency Management again and said, ‘I really want to have this program’,” Forbes recalled. “They said no.” Eventually, the intrepid organizer won an initial $500 community grant from Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives. The grant helped her assemble the first batch of 40 volunteers for the 11 weeks of training required for certification.

Evacuation Expert Fights to Rescue Morrisania
The Bronx Ink
November 02, 2011

"The Neighborhood Show," a presentation of work from a variety of local artists in a variety of mediums, will then take its place between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The show is sponsored by the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association, PLG Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Citizens Committee for New York and the Puffin Foundation.

Art Amid the Downturn
Queens Tribune
October 20, 2011

The grants were awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to support projects in three categories: community gardening and agriculture; composting; and tree and park stewardship-some of the focus areas outlined in PlaNYC, Bloomberg's sustainability outline.

Grant Money Funds Grassroots Green Projects
Queens Ledger
October 20, 2011

Children were spotted on the transformed area at the bottom of Arden Avenue last Thursday as Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and Kate Kamish, president of the homeowners association, met with Peter Kostmayer, CEO of the Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), an organization that played an instrumental role in facilitating the makeover. 

Money is Available for Neighborhood Makeovers
Staten Island Advance
October 05, 2011

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“Neighborhood-level compositing brings communities together around sustainable practices, and spur innovations that can be replicated across the city,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in a statement. “This grant program is just one piece of the puzzle,” Citizens Committee for New York City CEO Peter Kostmayer added in a statement. “Still it clearly demonstrates that New Yorkers can take control of the nutrient cycle locally and sustain it over time.

East Harlem Garden Uses Coffee from Local Cafes for Composting Project
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DNAinfo
June 06, 2017

The College Avenue Block Association received a $1,000 "Love Your Block" grant to revitalize a lot in Mott Haven. The group is just one of 25 organizations that received grants from the Citizens Committee for New York City, which helps low-income neighborhoods enhance and improve public spaces.

Bronx Block Association Gets Grant to Clean Up Empty Lot in Mott Haven
Spectrum News | NY1
May 21, 2017

CEO Peter H. Kostmayer of Citizens Committee for New York City said: “Whatever may be happening in Washington DC, the neighborhoods of the nation’s largest city are committed to reducing the impact of climate change, increasing recycling and composting, and doing it from the bottom up. Citizens Committee for New York City has teamed up with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to fund small community based groups doing all manner of environmental projects in neighborhoods across all five boroughs. In the absence of strong national policy to deal with climate change, New Yorkers are stepping up to do it themselves.

Volunteer Groups From Harlem To Hollis Receive “OneNYC Initiative” Neighborhood Grants
Harlem World
April 27, 2017

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