Grant Guidelines for Nonprofits | New York Community Trust

Get a grant for your nonprofit

We support nonprofits that take on projects that match our grantmaking priorities. Some we have worked with before; others are new to The Trust.

As a community foundation, we focus primarily on New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. Our competitive grants support projects that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, with an emphasis on promoting healthy lives, promising futures, and thriving communities. Every year, we give away about $50 million to carry out the wishes of donors who have left us bequests.

About our Grantmaking Program

Learn more about our main program areas and the grant guidelines for each.


With our grants portal, we’ve made it easier for applicants. Find out the basics here.


Discover additional funding opportunities for your organization through current Requests For Proposals or Letter of Interest opportunities.


Find out what you need to report and how often grantees should be in contact with us.


You can learn more about applying to our competitive grantmaking in our FAQ video.

Questions answered include:

  • Why don’t program staff meet with potential grantees before they submit proposals?
  • What do program officers look for when reviewing proposals?
  • What makes a proposal competitive?
  • What’s the difference between an organizational, project, and grant budget?
  • Does the Trust renew or make multi-year grants?
  • What is a donor-advised fund and how can we contact them?
  • Why doesn’t The Trust provide general operating support?
Watch the FAQ Video

Apply / Grants Portal

Applicants should begin by reading our Grantmaking Guidelines, which describes the objectives of our 16 program areas. If, after reading the materials, you believe that your proposed project addresses the objectives in any of these programs, you may start the application process by completing the Proposal Cover Sheet and following the instructions in the Grants Portal.

Learn about Applying For a Grant