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2023 New York City Organizing Grants for Grassroots Organizing


The North Star Fund is pleased to announce its 2023 New York City Organizing Grants.

Donor Name: North Star Fund

States: New York

County: Selected Counties

City: New York City

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 04/14/2023

Size of the Grant: $20,000


North Star Fund provides grants to organizations whose primary strategy is grassroots organizing. New York City Organizing Grants, in the form of general operating support, are intended for both new and emerging organizations as well as established movement builders with a track record of success.

North Star Fund provides grants to organizations in NYC and Hudson Valley whose missions are to advance grassroots organizing—the process of building collective power so that communities impacted by injustice can make systemic change. Grantees can articulate the root causes of the injustices, pointing to systems and policies affecting their community. These organizations see community members impacted by this injustice as essential stakeholders, from whom they recruit leaders and seek stories, ideas, campaign strategy, and organizational direction. These organizations have a vision for systemic change that is connected to campaigns to undo or replace specific laws and systems that create inequity. These organizations can identify policymakers, decision-makers, or institutional targets in their campaigns. Community members take collective action to influence these targets to advance their demands.

Funding Information

Grant Amount: $20,000

General Eligibility

Organizations funded by North Star Fund must also meet these criteria:

  • Must Be in New York City and/or the Hudson Valley
    • Must be a current grantee under any of the following funds: Hudson Valley, Let Us Breathe and New York City.
    • Builds community power in at least one of the five boroughs of New York City, or in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany and Schoharie counties. Grantees must be located either in NYC or within at least one of these counties, but do not need to work in all the listed locations. Local chapters of statewide or national organizations may apply.
  • Nonprofit Status or Fiscal Sponsorship
    • The organization has 501(c)(3) charitable status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations that do not yet have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor may apply, but must secure a fiscal sponsor before receiving a grant.
  • In Any Category, Only One Grant Per Year
    • Grants Based on Geography: Each organization can receive one of these grants per year, whichever is appropriate for their primary geography (NYC or Hudson Valley).
    • Grants for Black-Led Organizing: North Star Fund’s Let Us Breathe Fund supports Black-led organizations building collective power through grassroots organizing in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Organizations can receive one of these grants per year.

NYC Organizing Grants Eligibility

In addition to the criteria listed above, North Star Fund will consider applications from organizations that meet all of the following requirements.

  • Annual budget that falls under $800,000. This may include:
    • Organizations that have an annual budget under $800,000
    • Organizing projects of larger entities, such as direct services or legal services providers, that have an annual budget under $800,000, or
    • Hybrid community organizing and direct service organizations whose organizing expenses falls under $800,000
  • Building community power in at least one of the five boroughs of New York City.

For more information, visit North Star Fund.

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