The Congressional Award: Amercia’s Award For Youth

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

For more information or to register online, please visit www.congressionalaward.org

Recap: “How to Apply for City Council Funding”

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On Wednesday, January 18th, I was joined by over 100 individuals who were eager to understand and ultimately engage in the application process for City Council funding. The potential growth of cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations is often intertwined with their capacity to secure funding to cover operational costs, expand programming, or undergo critical upgrades.

As the representative of Brooklyn’s Cultural District and a member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, I understand how vital it is to create opportunities and provide the necessary resources that will sustain their progress and increase their positive impact within our communities. Through this workshop, we were able to show every participant how to successfully navigate the application process. Thank you to Leora Estersohn of Nonprofit HelpDesk and our participants! I wish you all the best! See below for a recap on what we covered during the event, as well as important documents and contact information.

-Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo

Important Deadlines

  • Discretionary funding application due Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
  • All arts and cultural organizations seeking fiscal support from the Department of Cultural Affairs should note that all applications must be received by February 13th , 2017. 

Important links

 

Important documents

Forms in application

Contact Information

  • Presenter
    • Name: Leora Estersohn, NonProfit HelpDesk
    • Phone number: 718 449 5000 x 2267
    • Email address: leora@nphd.org
  • District 35 Budget Director
    • Name: Matthew Pitt
    • Phone Number: 718-260-9191
    • Email address: mpitt@council.nyc.gov
  • City Council Finance 
    • Email address: discretionary@council.nyc.gov

Community Exchange Series Event Schedule

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1/23/17 Deadline: Citizens Committee for NYC Neighborhood Grant Program

citizens-committee-for-nyc-ng-flyerHave a great idea for a community improvement project? Apply for our Neighborhood Grant! Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them.

Our next grant deadline is January 23, 2017. For a grant application and for more info, contact Imani at 212.822.9567 or ibrown@citizensnyc.org

Applications can be completed online or downloaded from our website.

11/7 Deadline: Love Your Block Grant

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2/8 Grant Deadline: The Cultural Development Fund

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) enables qualifying cultural organizations to apply for grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs. The agency encourages participation in the process by the widest possible representation of the City’s diverse cultural constituency. Currently, we receive applications from nearly 1,100 organizations and administer grants to more than 900 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors. The Fiscal 2017 CDF Application is now available online and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 8, 2016. http://ow.ly/XHyri

2/8 deadline: NYC’s Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations Funding

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) enables qualifying cultural organizations to apply for grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The agency encourages participation in the process by the widest possible representation of the City’s diverse cultural constituency.  Currently, we receive applications from nearly 1,100 organizations and administer grants to more than 900 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors.

The Fiscal 2017 CDF Application is now available online and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

For more information about the CDF application, click here.

For more information about applying, the application, and requirements, click here.