COVID-19 News

Black-led Grassroots Orgs Most Eager Community Group in NYC to Implement Police-Community Relations Projects 

One of nation’s oldest micro-funding organizations says Black & Brown groups willing to do the work even in the face of racism 

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Under its new All In Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee has awarded $250,800 in grants to 64 resident-led organizations that are addressing critical community needs in all five boroughs of the city and filling in wide service gaps revealed by the pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home order. 

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Under its new All In Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee has awarded $236,950 in grants to 73 resident-led organizations that address urgent community needs and fill in service gaps, which COVID-19 stay-at-home orders revealed. Additionally, second round grantees engage youth, advance community journalism, and improve community/police relations in the wake of unprecedented mobilization citywide for equality and racial justice. Each grantee will receive up to $10,000, and groups will have access to Citizens Committee staff knowledge and resources to implement their projects. Grantees in all five boroughs are organizing food pantries, seed exchanges for subsistence farming, remote wellness checks, youth summer opportunities, workshops for community reporting, and more.

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Our grantees are shifting gears to meet the most urgent needs of their communities.

Read their stories. 

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It's time to be #AtTheirService for all they have done for you! Funds raised through #AtTheirService will go directly to New Yorkers working in the service industry.

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Thanks to Spectrum NY1 for featuring West Side Small Business Grants along with Citizens Committee CEO Rahsaan Harris! Grants are available to small businesses in Chelsa, Hudson Yards, and Hells Kitchen. Rolling application deadline. APPLY HERE: https://bit.ly/2RZu3db

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Eleven Manhattan small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will receive $93,000 in relief money for rent, employee pay and more from Citizens Committee for New York City. 

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Thank you Bronx Net for featuring CEO Dr. Rahsaan Harris to speak on the #AtTheirService campaign! #AtTheirService supports #NYC's service industry heroes—hair & nail salons, dry cleaners, dog groomers, trainers, etc. Donate to our #COVID19 small business response fund: https://bit.ly/2ymNSV3

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Survey conducted by Citizens Committee reveals greatest needs, challenges among the New York City's most vulnerable communities

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Resources and services that we have gathered from various sources to help you navigate the COVID-19 crisis

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West Side Community Fund Announces COVID Relief Grant Program Supporting Small Businesses in Chelsea, Hudson Yards, Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhoods

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Check out our COVID Conversations sessions that are live on Facebook where we discuss our community survey results and invite a special guest to speak about what they are doing in their community during the pandemic. 

Our first COVID Conversations features Karen Washington, a Bronx-Based grantee representing Gardens of Happiness, and urban farmer 

Our second COVID Conversations is a special edition where we discussed the murder the George Floyd, the protests that gripped the nation afterward, and the push to end police brutality and systemic racism in America. Our special guess is Nicole Lee, who is a Queens-based black small business owner, mother, and grantee addressing the special education system and beauty industry. She represents two groups, Journey through Seth's Eyes & WinkBeauty in the Rockaways. 

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Stay up to date with what we are doing to support New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis

In our nearly 50 years of existence as one of the country's oldest micro-funding organizations, we've provided  small grants of up to $3,000 to block associations, community gardens, beautification projects, after-school programs, skills workshops, and more.

Now more than ever, this is the moment for us at Citizens Committee to leverage the outsized impact of that work: a highly engaged network of community leaders on the front lines of change in neighborhoods across New York City.