Rosin Fund – Strengthening NY Communities

The Rosin Fund’s Strengthening New York Communities (RF SNYC) program will support a limited number of innovative, short-term, and high-impact projects that address the critical needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and build upon the values and priorities of the Core Fund program.  As such, RF SNYC reflects the Foundation’s belief that organized and active neighborhood residents are in the best position to identify problems and solutions, and to create long-term social justice outcomes. The Foundation also believes that this important area is routinely under-funded.

The RF SNYC will consider applications from:

  • Neighborhood-based groups using community organizing and advocacy to pursue significant social equity and economic opportunity goals and to achieve systematic social change.
  • Research and policy reform organizations that are engaged in targeted advocacy efforts that involve grassroots leaders and activists, genuinely integrating them into decision-making.
  • A single community-based organization, or a collaborative campaign involving multiple partners, including policy, planning, legal, and research groups. In the case of projects proposed by a single entity, an annual organizational budget at or above $1 million is preferred. While no numeric limit exists in the case of collaborative campaigns, close attention will be paid to the size and capacity of the various partners and the collaborative itself.
  • Direct service organizations that are seeking to use organizing and advocacy to leverage their service activities to create policy and systematic change.

Proposed Projects must:

  • Address a critical community need. Project issues to be addressed may include: affordable and safe housing, employment opportunity and workers rights, sustainable community development, and access to public benefits and income support. Cross-sector approaches, especially those jointly addressing environmental and social justice goals, are encouraged.
  • Present a new approach to the issues addressed, based either on changed political circumstances or an innovative strategy.
  • Emphasize community organizing, either as a singular strategy or as a core part of a multi-pronged advocacy effort.
  • Articulate a project plan with defined and measurable goals, achievable within three years. Proposals may include specific requests for funding of assessment and evaluation.  Projects that offer leveraging opportunities from other funding sources are encouraged.

Type & Size of Grants

Grants will range between $100,000 and $250,000 per year (with the possibility of larger grants for extraordinary opportunities) and cover one to three years.

RF SNYC will not fund:

  • Direct service delivery
  • Research and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes
  • Projects focused outside New York City

To see our current grantees, please see the Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.