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District 38

Carlos Menchaca

Red Hook, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights and portions of Windsor Terrace, Dyker Heights, and Boro Park

As many of you know, the budget can be a powerful tool to help address necessities in our community and I am privileged to support the work that you do. As such, I would like to encourage all organizations actively serving our district to consider applying to receive funding from the Council, including first-time applicants and organizations that are less resourced. 

The instructions below provide guidelines on the budget process.

Discretionary Expense Requests

All not-for-profit community-based organizations that wish to apply for expense funding for FY2022 must submit a Council Application here. Applications to receive expense funding will be posted on the Council’s website on Monday, January 4, 2021, and the submission deadline will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Submitting an Application

Organizations that are interested in receiving expense funding must submit an application to the Council. For first-time applicants, we encourage you to reach out to our office or the City Council Finance Team at discretionary@council.nyc.gov to find what further steps you must take to be eligible to receive discretionary expense funding. For organizations that received funding in FY2021, you must re-submit an application to receive funding in FY2022.

*Please note that if an application is not submitted within the filing period, the community-based organization will not be eligible for FY2022 funding.

Capital Requests

Non-City Capital Funding

All not-for-profit community-based organizations that wish to apply for capital funding must submit an application in the CapGrants System. To learn more about non-city capital funding and project eligibility guidelines please refer to the following documents:

Submitting a Non-City Capital Funding Request

Application instructions and more information about the non-city capital funding process can be found here.

Deadlines:

  • Friday, February 28, 2021 (tentative, based on last year’s date) – Non-City Capital applications for projects that will be funded jointly between the Borough Presidents and the City Council are due in Capgrants.
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm (tentative, based on last year’s date) – Non-City Capital applications for projects that will be funded solely by the City Council are due in Capgrants.

City Capital Funding

City capital projects are for properties and equipment that will be owned by the City. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Properties or equipment must have a useful life of 5 years for non-information technology projects. Information technology projects must have a useful life of 3 years.
  • Properties or equipment must have a minimum cost of $50,000.

Submitting a City Capital Funding Request

City capital projects do not require a CapGrants application. NYC agencies submit projects to NYC Council. Our office will discuss proposed city capital projects with the respective agencies to determine eligibility and cost. Schools in District 38 are also eligible for City Capital funding. Agencies and school representatives may contact Nancy Corona, Budget Director, at ncorona@council.nyc.gov for further questions.

Participatory Budget

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend a part of their Council Member’s capital discretionary funds. This year in New York City, 34 Council Members are asking residents how to spend at least $35 million in capital funding. Community members propose ideas to meet local needs in their districts, such as improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public spaces. Through a public vote, residents determine which proposals to fund.

For additional information on participatory budgeting, you may contact our Director of Legislation and Participatory Budget Coordinator, Cesar Vargas, at cvargas@council.nyc.gov.

Requesting a Meeting

Our office is in the process of preparing for FY22 budget meetings. Due to a large amount of meeting requests, we will not be able to accommodate every single request. However, we will attempt to do so as much as possible and will otherwise review your application and take your requests into full consideration.

For additional information on the budget, you may contact our Budget Director, Nancy Corona, at ncorona@council.nyc.gov or review council.nyc.gov/budget. I look forward to hearing from you and supporting the work that you do in making District 38 even stronger and more vibrant.

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