Granting Local ‘Wishes’

There’s more to the Civic Council’s work than just the initiatives approved by our trustees and members. Every year, we also provide up to $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits and noncommercial organizations that have an impact on the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The Civic Council is currently accepting applications for the 2011–12 grant cycle. The application deadline is Nov. 5, 2011, and grants will be awarded in early 2012. The program is funded by the Council’s annual House Tour.

The grants — which are awarded to community groups for projects in the arts, education, youth programs, and civic improvements that are open to residents of Park Slope — certainly make a difference to these groups. The awards range from about $500 to a single annual Community Builder grant of $2,000. Sometimes, these funds can fully cover an applicant’s project. Our grants can also provide seed money for initiatives, and give organizations the credibility they may need to help leverage larger awards from more-traditional funders.

Recipients for 2010-11 were the P.S. 39 Parents Association (a Community Builder grant), GALLOP Horse Show, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, Chocolate Chip Chamber Music, Park Slope Parents for Climate Protection, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, P.S. 321 School Garden, and Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc.

To download an application, find more about the program, or read about previous recipients, visit or e-mail

— Greg Sutton chairs the Grants Committee.

from the Fall 2011 Civic News