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RFPs, LOIs, & additional funding opportunities  

In addition to our competitive grants, we periodically issue requests for proposals (RFPs) or seek letters of interest (LOIs) for specific issues or funds. Several are described below. Current RFPs and LOIs are available on our Grantseeker Portal.

A girl smiles as she listens to music in front of an audio mixing board
Willie Mae Rock Camp offers music education, centering girls and gender-expansive young people who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

National & International Environment Program  

The National and International Environment Program’s application process begins with an LOI, which you can submit through the Grantseeker Portal during three-week windows each fall (late September) and winter (late February). These LOIs should be no more than four pages and include a description of the project, proposed activities, and a preliminary budget.

An offshore windfarm
Block Island Wind Farm

Arts Capacity Building

The annual Arts Capacity Building RFP is suspended this year as we develop a new arts and culture grantmaking strategy and navigate a staff transition. Visit the What We Fund page to learn about additional funding opportunities.

An Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performance 
Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform with special guests Sahr Ngaujah and Wunmi Olaiya (pictured) along with Tosin Aribisala and Bryan Vargas. Photo: David Garten, courtesy of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance 

Van Lier Fellowship Program

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program makes grants to arts organizations to support historically underrepresented artists at two important stages of their artistic development: pre-professional, which describes the training and artistic growth of young people ages 6 to 18, prior to attending college or conservatory programs; and young professional, during which adults ages 18 to 30 seek to establish a career in the arts. We issue a separate Request for Proposals (RFP) for each level of development, typically in alternating years.

Composer Jessie Montgomery, a Van Lier fellow. Photo by Ari Mintz

Funder Collaboratives

Bringing funders together to make a bigger impact

Our funder collaboratives bring foundations, corporations, government agencies, and charitable individuals together to address issues such as democracy and workforce development. They include GoVoteNYC, NYC Workforce Development Fund, and others. They issue RFPs or solicit nonprofits to apply.  

A group of people attend a forum. A man hands a microphone to an audience member.
Photo courtesy of the Mosaic Network. A forum at Weeksville Heritage Center helps arts nonprofits connect with the funding community.

The Heisman Trophy Trust

The Heisman Trophy Trust established the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund in The New York Community Trust. The fund supports charitable organizations that integrate athletics, academics, and youth development activities to help young people up to age 18 develop social, emotional, ethical, cognitive, and physical skills. The Fund issues an annual Request for Proposals, usually in the early spring.

Students in Harlem playing lacrosse.
Harlem Lacrosse is a grantee of the Heisman grantmaking program at The Trust. It brings athletic and academic enrichment to communities across the region. Photo by Allison Zaucha

The Fund for Astrophysical Research

Funding for researchers

The Fund for Astrophysical Research annually awards grants to support scientific investigations and research, primarily in astronomy, astrophysics, and allied subjects. We typically issue an RFP each spring in our Grantseeker Portal.   

Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund

The Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund (LIUUF) is a field-of-interest advised fund that ignites and strengthens progressive social change on Long Island.