The West Harlem Development Corporation funds specific collaborations and capacity enhancements at nonprofit organizations and institutions located within, or which provide services to, Manhattan Community District 9 (West Harlem), which is bounded (south to north) by 110th and 155th Streets and (east to west) by Manhattan, Morningside, St. Nicholas, Bradhurst, and Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River.
In support of its mission, the community development organization is accepting applications for its Community Benefit Grant Awards program. Through the program, WHDC seeks to ameliorate the endemic issues of public school failure, chronic unemployment and the work skills gap, and rising housing costs and displacement. At least 75 percent of the services funded through the program must be provided to residents of MCD9 (although programs that are based in public schools and are located in MCD9 do not have to meet this qualification).
Awards ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 will support nonprofit capacity enhancement and/or direct service delivery. Grant amounts are subject to change prior to each grant cycle
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and, if not incorporated in New York State, able to provide a certificate to do business in New York. In addition, they must be physically located in MCD9 and provide services to its residents, or, if not located in MCD9, be able to demonstrate that they have provided services to MCD9 over the last twelve months.
See the West Harlem Development Corporation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a of past award recipients.