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Funding Resources

External Funding Opportunities

The following funding sources are from a variety of organizations that invest in efforts similar to the ABP mission. These grants may assist you in finding additional funding for your civic engagement project.

Project Orange Thumb
It’s time for Fiskars Project Orange Thumb to begin another year of neighborhood beautification, and this is your chance to bring their community gardening initiative to your area. If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, your organization could receive $5,000 in cash and garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Your group could even be the recipient of a complete garden makeover, in which the Project Orange Thumb team comes to your neighborhood and turns unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day! Grant recipients will be announced March 31, 2014.

Award: $5,000
Deadline: December 31

Columbia University's Davis Projects for Peace

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative supports the design and implementation of grassroots conflict resolution projects. Individuals or groups of students are invited to submit innovative proposals for projects that break down barriers to peace. 

Award: $10,000
Deadline: January 22

Citizens Committee for NYC
Through our Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. We prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.

Award: Up to $3,000
Deadline: January 27

Monsanto Fund - International
The Monsanto Fund accepts grant proposals for programs outside of the U.S. in the following areas:

•Providing basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs
•Meeting critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs

International grant applications are accepted on an invitation only basis. To request an invitation code, go to the “Contact Us” page on Monsanto's website and provide your name, email address, select the country in which the project will occur from the drop-down box, and a short description of your project, including project location, and amount requested and submit. The Monsanto Fund regional representative will contact you if they are interested in supporting your project.

Award: Varies
Deadline: January 1 - February 28 OR July 1 - August 31 Seed Grants offers grants to groups working on community action projects and programs. Strong applications are ones that have projects that are youth led and driven, strives toward a measurable change, focuses on improving community problems, strives toward long-term problem-solving action, is creative, and promotes diversity. 

Award: $500
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

The Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation offers grants to projects that help build local communities and/or impact a community in some major way. The application process is streamlined, but the site recommends having a detailed overwiew about the process and goals of you project in order to imporve your chances of winning the grant money.

Award: $1,000
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

Repair the World AB Micro-Grant
This grant is being offered to student groups looking to partake in an Alternative Break program that specifically target s the Jewish community, or works with Jewish Community leaders in a significant way. In order to be eligible, the groups must meet basic service committments and must have either a facilitator or advisor that is either a Hillel professional or a trained Jewish service-leaning educator.

Award: $2,500 - $5,000
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

Wells Fargo Community Investment
Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen communities. Through the efforts of our enthusiastic team member-volunteers and our contributions, they share their success within their communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues. Wells Fargo directs giving to areas that they believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success: community development, education, and human services.

Award: Varies
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

TD Bank Grant
The TD Charitable Foundation provides financial support through its grant application process to organizations providing service in the areas of focus outlined in their mission statement: Affordable Housing, Education/Financial Literacy and the Environment. The TD Charitable Foundation supports organizations and programs that improve the lives of community members within their geographic footprint.

Award: Region based. See here for details.
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

American Express Grant
American Express' funding priorities are Historic Preservation, Leadership and Community Service. Commuinty service efforts encourage community service and civic participation, and deliver measurable outcomes that have a lasting impact on communities. Compete the eligibility quiz on their website in order to recieve an application.

Award: Varies (Note: Will not cover travel costs.)
Deadline: N/A -- Rolling

Volunteer Forever
Volunteer Forever offers a crowdfunding platform where you can create a customized page highlighting your project and fundraising needs and receive online donations towards your civic engagement project. The Volunteer Forever crowdfunding tool allows you to tap into the power of social media and your extended networks to reach out to as many people as possible. The donation process is simple and even allows for donors to share your campaign with their own networks! Check out this PDF on how to best focus your efforts.

Scan Grants
A variety of cartegory specific grants, with categories as specific as bioterrorism, dyslipedemia, and family planning. See if any of these categories relate to your group's work!

Alternative Break Program


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-1371

Fax: 212-854-6972

9:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.