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Community Based Organizations: Apply by Nov 3 for a 2021 CCNSF Grant

Community Based Organizations: Apply by Nov 3 for a 2021 CCNSF Grant

Attend an Info Session on Oct 19th or 21st

The New York Urban League and its partners invite community-based organizations (CBOs) to apply for a NYC Council Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) grant by November 3rd 2020 . Two info sessions, on October 19th and 21st are offered to help potential applicants review the criteria and process.

The New York City Council has established the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) and allocated $2.5 million to award grants to support Black, Latino, and Asian-led community-based organizations throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The first New York City Council fund of its kind, CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits in recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of the community.

These CBOs offer an array of services to New Yorkers and are being funded to address a variety of infrastructural needs including leadership development, financial management, and outcomes system development, among others.


This year’s Request for Application (RFA) for FY21 Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) grant is now available. The deadline to apply is November 3, 2020 at 5 pm for the 2021 grant.

The New York Urban League, Asian American Federation, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and Hispanic Federation in partnership will hold two briefings for community- based organizations so that organizations may learn all they need to know about applying for the CCNSF funding opportunity. 

The first session on October 19th will have a focus on Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. 

CCNSF Virtual Community Briefing Webinar with focus on Staten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn: 
Mon, October 19, 2020 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET; 
RSVP here

The second session will have a focus on the Bronx and Queens

CCNSF Virtual Community Briefing Webinar with focus on Bronx, and Queens: 
Weds, October 21, 2020 10:00am -11:30am ET; 
RSVP here

However, no matter which borough an organization is located in, register for either community briefing.

*RSVP is required. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration. Learn more about Community briefings at Visit to access the RFA and find out more.

"I encourage nonprofits to apply for this grant. I have seen organizations host their first board retreats and develop strategic plans, develop CRM systems and be able to track program impact and develop successful fundraising strategies and execute events and campaigns all as a result of this unique funding,” said Sarah Yvonne SmothersProject Coordinator, New York Urban League, Inc. “During this year of extreme hardship we hope that even more CBOs will apply for this grant, allowing them to reach out to and serve our communities, most impacted by Covid-19 and economic circumstances,” she noted.

Grants of $35,000 or $45,000 will be awarded, based on organizational budget. Visit to review eligibility criteria. 

In addition to granting these capacity-building awards, the coordinating organizations will conduct many trainings covering a variety of topics such as board development, financial management, and fundraising, offered to awardees and applicants. 

“NYUL is pleased to continue our partnership with the Hispanic Federation, Asian American Federation, and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families to better serve New York City neighborhoods. The financial support in core areas of nonprofit management, peer connection, and networking has greatly strengthened selected organizations. Over the past six years, this program has made measurable impacts in our city's valuable nonprofits and, in turn, has improved the lives of New Yorkers throughout the City,” said Arva Rice, Executive Director of the New York Urban League. 

More details, links and the list of CCNSF 2020 Awardees are below.

Questions? Contact  Sarah Yvonne SmothersProject Coordinator, New York Urban League, IncPhone:  212.926.8000 ext. 142, Email:

BACKGROUND In 2014, the Hispanic Federation (HF), Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), New York Urban League (NYUL), and Asian American Federation (AAF) formed an alliance to provide capacity-building support to Black, Latino, and Asian-led community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout New York City’s five boroughs. These four organizations, along with the Black Agency Executives, developed this initiative to generate new levels of support for the city’s organizations. As a result, the New York City Council allocated $2.5 million to establish the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) This initiative has supported 464 capacity-building projects for nonprofit organizations to date. The first New York City Council fund of its kind, CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits in recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of the community. CCNSF is also intended to promote learning among CBO leaders. Applications will be reviewed, and awards will be determined by the partner agencies in three separate funding streams, whose allocations were determined by U.S. Census data. An organization may apply to only ONE partner agency, even if it serves more than one ethnic group. Awarded organizations will be required to participate in a minimum of three technical assistance seminars on the subject of organizational development and may be visited by CCNSF staff and/or Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) staff for project monitoring, to showcase progress, and for delivery of additional technical assistance 

View the Request for applications at:


Three allocations panels carry the award decisions, each organized by one of the CCNSF. 

CCNSF will make awards of up to $35,000 for organizations with organizational budgets between $150,000 to $500,000 and awards of up to $45,000 for organizations with budgets that are $500,001 and above. Priority is given to community-based organizations with budgets under $2 million. 




To be eligible for funding, your organization must meet the following requirements: 

•    Have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and a history of at least  two years as an incorporated nonprofit, including faith-based institutions. 

•    Be a New York City-based, direct social service organization that serves primarily (75%+) New York  City residents (i.e., not an association or a re-granting or referral service). 

•    Have experience serving and currently serve communities where 51% or more of the population are  people of color. 

•    Have demonstrated record of outreach to communities of color for recruitment of the executive director  or CEO and members of the board of directors. 

•    Have an operating budget of at least $150,000. Organizations with budgets OVER $2 million will NOT be eligible.

•    Have demonstrated commitment to equal employment opportunities. 

•    Have demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver culturally competent services. 


The purpose of the CCNSF capacity-building program is to help organizations identify and address their most pressing organizational needs. Organizations can apply for funding in one of our seven areas, but MAY NOT apply for a project under an area that they previously were funded for through the CCNSF. The seven eligible areas are:


Management information systems design and development: 
This includes securing and/or designing software, and building related staff skills necessary for managing work more effectively (e.g., tracking client demographic data, service utilization, and progress toward outcomes). 


Financial management and planning: 
This includes assessment, planning, and development of financial systems, as well as staff skill-building to improve reporting systems and enable organizations to identify the most cost-effective services. 


Evaluation and outcomes system development: 
This includes efforts to implement systems to keep information related to client needs, referral sources, and services provided; implement systems to measure and/or service recipient satisfaction and/or service recipient outcomes; develop programmatic success measures; and develop evaluation capacity. 


Leadership development: 
This includes leadership succession planning; creation and implementation of volunteer management/recruitment plan; management/leadership training for staff; training for board of directors; and creation of board policies. 


New program planning and development: 
This includes conducting a needs assessment of community needs and assets, planning of new programs through research on effective practices, and staff development in support of the new initiatives. 


Strategy and organizational development: 
This includes efforts to create a staff performance review process; a strategic or operational/annual plan; a communications or marketing plan; and a fundraising or donor development plan. 


Collaboration and strategic alliances: 
This includes efforts to establish partnership agreements, create action plans to collaborate with other agencies, and develop a plan for organizational mergers.


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Asian American Federation
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
Hispanic Federation
New York Urban League


CCNSF 2020 Awardees 

A Better Jamaica 


Academy of Medical & Public Health Services 

African Film Festival 

Arab American Association of NY 

Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services 

Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway District Mgt. Assoc. 

Boys & Girls Club of Harlem 

Bronx Baptist Church 

Bronx Council on the Arts 

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities 

Chhaya Community Development Corporation 

Children of Promise, NYC 

Churches United for Fair Housing 

Community Voices Heard 

Council of Peoples Organization 

Cumbe: Center for African & Diaspora Dance 

Damayan Migrant Workers Association 

Drama Club 

Empowerment Zone 

Garden of Hope 

Girl Be Heard 

Girls on the Run NYC 

GRIOT Circle 

Hunts Point Alliance for Children 

I’Raise Girls & Boys International 

ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center 

Instituto Arte Teatral Internacional 


Latinas on the Verge of Excellence 

Life of Hope 


Mind Builders Creative Arts Co. 

Mixteca Organization 

Muslim Community Network 

Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC 

Network Support Services 

New York Women's Chamber of Commerce 

Noel Pointer Foundation 

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance 

Nuyorican Poets Café 

Peer Training. 

Qualitas of Life Foundation 

Raga Massive 

Reading Holiday Project 

Sadie Nash Leadership Project 

Sakhi for South Asian Women 

Society for the Prevention of Weeksville 

Society of the Educational Arts 


South Bronx United

Staten Island Community Job Center 

The Actors Theatre Workshop 

The Brooklyn Steppers 

The Classical Theatre of Harlem 

The Japanese American Association of New York 

The Young Women's Christian Association of Queens 

Trinity Healing Center 

Uptown Dance Academy 

Vibe Theater Experience 

Vision Urbana 

We Stay/Nos Quedamos Committee 

Wendy Hilliard Foundation 

Women for Afghan Women 

Word of Life International 

You Gotta Believe 

Youth Action Programs and Homes