Columbia Community Service Is Now Accepting Grant Inquiries

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Every year, Columbia Community Service (CCS) awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide community-based programs and services in the neighborhoods surrounding the university and that meet certain eligibility requirements. CCS prioritizes grant support for the neighborhood defined as the area north of West 86th Street, south of West 155th Street, and between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River. Organizations located north of West 155th Street can apply to the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund.

In 2021, CCS provided more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Harlem and Morningside Heights. This year, after a successful fundraising effort, CCS will prioritize funding to support organizations that fight hunger, provide social services, and promote literacy/STEM education.

All organizations seeking a CCS grant for the first time must submit a letter of inquiry via email by February 28. The letter must include a brief (maximum of 300 words) description of the proposed project and how it serves your constituents, a budget, a list of board members, proof of 501(c)(3) status, and any supporting material (e.g., brochure and/or mission statement).

The Columbia Community Service website provides detailed information on how to apply, previous grantees, and more.

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