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ABNY Foundation Grant Application


The ABNY Foundation grant application is now available online

Please note the 2023 Priority Areas of Giving in the theme of New York City’s Inclusive Economic Recovery, Revitalization, and Growth

  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment: Programs that promote cultural experiences throughout New York City’s business districts affected negatively by the economic downturn created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Supports programs that encourage a range of activities that promote economic development, commercial revitalization, and street activity through outdoor programming, ground floor retail activations, and providing new ways for New Yorkers to enjoy cultural programming, build community, and contribute to the economic base of the local community.
    • Examples include music, dance, and theatrical performances in public plazas; pop-up theatre performances on commercial corridors; street fairs with local artisan entrepreneurs; partnerships between local businesses and cultural organizations to produce a “dinner and a show” experience.
  • Public Realm Revitalization & Improved Livability: Projects and efforts that reimagine neighborhood and economic revitalization through public space and streetscape improvements in commercial districts.
    • Focuses on programs that support business district revitalization driven by innovative and creative solutions that improve New York City’s commercial areas incorporating social, environmental, and economic priorities shaped by those who live, work, and run businesses within the communities.
    • Examples include projects that reimagine open dining and sidewalk café designs; improvements that integrate transit safety for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians; assistance with open streets/culture/storefront applications; jobs created through booster campaigns ie. art installations by neighborhood artists
  • Public Safety: Programs that safeguard the public from crimes, disasters, and other potential dangers and threats.
    • Supports community-based programs focusing on formerly incarcerated re-entry programs, gun violence prevention, and community/police relations.
    • Examples include support for violence interrupters, job placement for gang members and homeless individuals, domestic violence victims, and re-entry programs.
  • Small Business Support: Services to support new and existing small business operations and resources to help them open, re-open, operate, sustain, and grow.
    • Focuses on sectors hit hardest by the economic downturn created by the COVID -19 pandemic- restaurants, arts/entertainment/recreation, hospitality, minority/women/veteran-owned businesses; small businesses in commercial corridors and business districts with high retail and office vacancies.
    • Examples include loan and grant application support; small business counseling; commercial corridor revitalization; vacant storefront utilization programs.
  • Workforce Development: Services that support, sustain, and grow a viable and diverse New York City workforce.
    • Supports programs that provide on-the-job training and education, financial stipends, job readiness and soft skills training, and direct job placement for a diverse workforce pipeline.
    • Examples include job training and placement assistance to unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers from communities with high unemployment rates; training and job placement assistance in underrepresented industry sectors; assistance to job seekers who have been recently displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic; training and employment support to those working in industries and sectors negatively affected by the economic downturn created by the COVID-19 pandemic i.e. hospitality, service retail.

Funds shall be distributed for the inclusive economic recovery of New York City to support the financial and physical well-being of communities throughout the five boroughs and the organizations that serve them. Grants will be provided for the economic recovery of commercial corridors, business districts, and lower-income and underserved neighborhoods in New York City. 

Fund will be distributed for operational and programmatic support of initiatives that directly support one of the above-stated themes.

Grants will prioritize small and midsize 501 c(3) nonprofit organizations of 50 employees or less within the five boroughs of New York City. 

Applications are reviewed by ABNY staff and The ABNY Foundation Board of Trustees. Applicants are informed by the last day of each application submission month whether their organizations have been selected as awardees.

Applying organizations should be designated under the 501(c) Section of the United States Internal Revenue Code or possess Fiscal Sponsorship from a registered 501(c)3 organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. For profit organizations are not eligible for grants awards from The ABNY Foundation.

Application deadlines for 2023:

  • Wednesday, February 1
  • Monday,  April 3
  • Thursday, June 1
  • Tuesday, August 1
  • Monday, October 2
  • Friday, December 1

Applications are due by close of business on the above dates. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applying organizations will be eligible for one grant award per 12-month period. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $15,000. 

Please contact the ABNY team at with any questions.

The ABNY Foundation is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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