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Apply for a Grant to Help Improve Your Neighborhood

By Gwynne Hogan | January 19, 2016 1:26pm
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Last year, a production called "Journey of a Brown Girl" earned funds to help pull together performances in three community venues. The play explores the experiences of Filipina women and migration.
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BUSHWICK — Looking for some extra funds to turn a vacant lot into a garden or get a community arts project off the ground?

You have a week left to apply for micro grants from the Citizens Committee of New York City that are eligible for residents all over the city.

Projects can earn up to $3,000 each, and the organization has $1.6 million to dole out this year to more than 500 projects.

"The grants may be small, but for a small group or one that’s just getting started, it can be transformative," said City Councilman Antonio Reynoso whose district covers parts of Williamsburg and Bushwick and which earned $31,400 in grants last year.

Last year's funds went towards 17 different projects around the neighborhood including composting projects, community gardens, youth groups, a community mural painted by local high schoolers, local theater productions and more than a dozen others.

The deadline to apply for a grant is Jan 25. Visit the Citizens Committee of New York City's website for more information on how to apply.