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What’s Happening NYC! July 2013 | Monthly Events & Opportunities


Hurricane Relief Grants

Citizens Committee for New York City is awarding grants of $2,000 to support volunteer-led hurricane relief efforts.

We are offering this short-term, high-impact grant opportunity because we understand that Sandy relief efforts go beyond the immediate aftermath. The grants are to help increase the overall capacity of volunteer groups to provide relief to hurricane-impacted areas and to support specific projects that address hurricane-related damage to community spaces (for example: waterfronts, sidewalks, school grounds, community gardens, parks).

The grants are for existing or newly formed volunteer-led groups. Unfortunately, we are not able to award grants to individuals or families.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, up to 11:59PM on Thursday August 1. We encourage groups to submit applications earlier.

Groups will be notified of our grant decision the week of August 12.

Approved projects must be completed by October 31, 2013.

For the online application or for more information: | 212-822-9566

Extend Your Gardening Season – Grow Vegetables through Early Winter

Citizens Committee Presents:

Extend Your Gardening Season
Grow Vegetables through Early Winter
Saturday, July 27, 10:30am-1:30pm  |  Brooklyn

Want to keep your garden growing through December? Plan now. Learn about cold frames, raised bed covers, planting schedules, and what vegetables can weather a little cold.

RSVP is required. To register, please contact Wilfredo Florentino: 212.822.9568/

This workshop is made available through a grant from the National Grid Foundation


Gardening & Greening Grant Deadlines

GreenThumb Summer Festival 2013: Celebrate GreenThumb community gardens across New York City in Harlem. WBLS will broadcast its radio show and will be accompanied by live entertainment. Come meet the many organizations NYC Parks GreenThumb partners with and learn about the many great resources they offer. There will be food vendors, free samples and food demonstrations. There will be a garden on display at the Plaza with tons of garden related items to giveaway.  July 13th.

Epsoma Environmental Stewardship Award: Espoma and the National Gardening Association want to recognize and reward the efforts of gardeners who are working to protect and improve the environment. That’s why they’ve created the Environmental Stewardship Award. This year they will select five home gardeners who are using the most effective, interesting, and innovative practices to help protect the environment and make their corner of the world a better place.  July 31st.

Espoma Environmental Stewardship Home Gardener Award: Espoma and the National Gardening Association want to recognize and reward the efforts of

gardeners who are working to protect and improve the environment. Five home gardeners will be selected from across the country who are using the most effective, interesting, and innovative practices in their gardens and landscapes.  August 1st.

Community Medicinal Plant Workshop at The New York Botanical Garden: What plants do you grow and use for medicine and healing? Participants should come to this workshop with cuttings of plants they use for healing purposes. They will share plant-based remedies as community gardeners do in the Bronx. This workshop will include a tour of the Wild Medicine Show at NYBG’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. R.S.V.P. required. August 3rd.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation:  The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation strategically donates orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, and low-income neighborhoods. Orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for their trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. FTPF accepts applications on a rolling basis.

New York Restoration Project: NYRP’s Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces.  NYRP lends materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools: Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply on a rolling basis to receive a salad bar for their school.

Aetna Foundation Regional Grants: Fund community wellness initiatives that serve those who are most at risk for poor health — low-income, underserved or minority populations. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent obesity and many chronic conditions. That’s why Aetna focuses on efforts that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being active.  Grants will target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people’s ability to be physically active.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


General Grant Deadlines

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grant Program: The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides funding of up to $5,000 to non-profit programs in which youth are provided the opportunity to learn and grow through education, the arts, and the environment.  July 10th.

The Rite Aid Foundation: The Rite Aid Foundation funds grants in the range of $1,000 to $20,000 in the communities it serves for projects that focus on health and wellness. July 15th.

Awesome Foundation Grants: The Awesome Foundation awards grants of $1,000 monthly to “awesome” projects.  If you or your community group has a great idea, apply for a grant by the last day of every month.

Pollination Project: The Pollination Project encourages applications from people who can envision and lead projects that have the potential to grow, blossom and truly change the world.  They want to fund the tangible stuff you need to send your project off on a path for success! 1,000 dollar grants with a rolling deadline.


Greening Events & Opportunities

LES Ecology Center E-Waste Recycling Events: Recycle your electronics at events held in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island throughout July and August.  Check the website for locations and dates.

2013 Teacher Programs at The New York Botanical Garden: Seasonal Institutes at The New York Botanical Garden offer six-day gardening education courses.  These programs provide hands-on, interactive immersion in plants, nature, gardening, and science.  Learn how to make teaching fun through field-tested, inquiry-based activities. Each session costs $200 and includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, and plants. Courses ordered throughout July and August.

Bronx Urban Farms Trolley Tours: Bronx Food and Sustainability Coalition, Bronx Tourism Council, Green Thumb, NYC Parks, and Bronx Green-Up are holding their third annual urban farm tour series.  Contact Bronx Food Summit for more information. July 13th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 12th.

New York City Compost Project in Manhattan: Learn how to convert your yard waste and kitchen scraps into a rich, organic fertilizer to feed back to your plants.  July 14th.

Green Series: Urban Gardening Design Challenge: Learn how to overcome basic obstacles like limited space, water, and shade through a hands-on design and construction workshop.  Participants will create site-specific gardens with recycled and salvaged materials.  July 16th.

Green Series: Gardening with Native Plants: Join a Brooklyn Bridge Park gardener in exploring the varieties of popular and lesser known indigenous plants that thrive in a personal garden, which in turn bolster the eco-system of local birds and insects supporting the health of your garden.  July 23rd.

Easy Lawn Care:   Maintaining a quality lawn area involves more than irrigation, fertilization and pesticide applications. Healthy grass demands proper mowing techniques, occasional de-thatching, and aeration.  Knowing when and how to apply these practices will lead to a dense, vigorous grassy area. July 27th.

Green Series: Designing Brooklyn Bridge Park: Hear directly from one of the innovative minds behind Brooklyn Borough Park’s award-winning design during a tour with one of their park experts.  July 30th. 

Hart Seed Co. Donations Department: Hart Seed is providing free seeds for missionaries interested in taking seed overseas, teacher looking for seed for a classroom project or school garden, or cooperative extension services, community gardens, or prison yards wanting to grow produce for low income areas or food pantries.

GreenThumb Community Calendar.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Calendar.

Bronx Botanical Garden Calendar.

Queens Botanical Garden Calendar.


Community Events and Opportunities

Queens Borough President Forum on Sustainability: The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Jackson Heights Beautification Group invite you to the 2013 Queens Borough President Forum on sustainability.  RSVP required.  July 8th.

It’s Allwrite: Journaling Series for LGBT Young People: LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, Harlem Pride, Citizens Committee for NYC, and The H.O.P.E. Within Project are sponsoring a series of six workshops on journaling for LGBT youth.  For more information contact Dr. Wilhemina Perry.

Minetta Brook Walk: Join urban explorer Steve Duncan of as he shows the Minetta’s 1.5 mile buried path and explains the waterway functioning both today and in the past. He’ll point out the secret code on the manhole covers, tell you what their placement means, and how different engravings indicate what lies beneath the city. On the walk, you can peer into ventilation holes and manhole covers to get a glimpse of the underground waterways. Afterward, you may never walk the city’s streets again without wondering what lies beneath. July 11th.

LES Ecology Center Fishing Clinic: Join LES Ecology Center for their catch-and-release fishing clinics. Bait and tackle will be provided, plus basic fishing instruction and other activities to explore the estuary. Fishing Clinics are free and open to the public. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. July 12th.

CPF Puppet Mobile at the Liberty Learning Garden: City Parks Foundation’s Puppet Mobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage productions and puppet-making workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the five boroughs of the city in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, they bring entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.  July 13th.

LES Ecology Center Paths to Pier 42 Events: The LES Ecology Center and the LES Waterfront Alliance invite you to pier 42 where a collaboration of local organizations and artists will offer public programming and create site specific installations and programs.  Register for July 13th or July 16th.

Mayoral Candiate Forum on the Future of Food in NYC:  Join Brooklyn Food Coalition and several of the city’s leading food systems, anti-hunger organizations and institutions convening a Mayoral candidate forum on the future of food in New York City.  July 17th.

Astoria Park Shore Fest:  The Astoria Park Alliance has been working with the DOT to plan three consecutive Sundays (August 4, 11, 18) of street closures on Shore Blvd in Astoria. Shore Blvd is the lone street between Astoria Park and the East River waterfront.It will include educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants.  August 4th, 11th, and 18th.


Opportunities for Individuals

Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is seeking a Public/Media Relations intern in its New York City office commencing in August 2013.  The internship is paid. The Media Relations intern will raise media and public awareness of neighborhood issues and neighborhood leaders by positioning CCNYC in the news media, developing media strategies for campaigns, cultivating relationships with reporters and editors, and responding to breaking news.

A 4 to 6-month commitment (3 to 5 days per/week, 8 hours/day) is required and we can work with your schedule. You’ll work in a friendly, positive environment, where your ideas will be welcomed and encouraged.

For more details, email with the word “Internship” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest.


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