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News From the Acres - December 5, 2012

December 06, 2012

Winter wonder. 

We're heading back to Rockaway this weekend, to support community resilience projects oriented toward a more equitable and sustainable future. Come help theCulinary Kids TOMORROW, FRIDAY from 10am-3pm to clear a giant public lot on Beach 58th Street on the Bay side. The lot will house a farm stand in a hand-made tent and other programming and relief aid and we need your help to ready it for a tent-raising. Contact Moses & Malisa at Culinary Kids: 347.321.0423. Come back on Saturday at noon to actually raise the tent. Hands needed both days! Details here:

Then on Sunday, December 9 at 2pm, 596 Acres is holding a Rockaway Community Meeting at 183 Beach 96th Street. There are projects budding on the 596 Acres platform and conversations that have started in the last month that we'd love to continue in community. Please join us. 

Yesterday, we facilitated a super-productive meeting in Bed-Stuy, connecting existing organizations and community groups with one another and sites of potential land-based projects in the neighborhood. If you're group would like to invite us for a visioning session like this, we're available

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In response to your demands, we have added a Recent Activity feed to the front page of Now you can see at a glance what has changed recently in terms of Notes, Watchers and Organizers throughout the boroughs. 

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7pm - Lots of Land/Land of Lots release party. Super secret location to be announced soon! 

Before the year ends, remember that you can support our work with a tax-exempt contribution. 


Lower East Side, Manhattan - The Siempre Verde Garden is beautifying for winter! On Saturday, December 8 at 10am, come help clean and organize! Then on Sunday, December 9 at 1pm to bring the kids to decorate Siempre Verde Garden for the holidays! This garden was recently part of a tour of resilience on the Lower East Side, and was blogged: "Standing in front of the lot, supporters talked about the need to get people into the gardens, increasing the time when they are open, and helping build support for convivial social ties so social networks are in place to support these spaces..."  

Gowanus, Brooklyn - A Small Green Patch will continue to hold planning meetings at the Textile Arts Center (505 Carroll Street) for next year each 2nd Wednesday night and 2nd Saturday afternoon each month until next season. The next meeting is Wednesday, December 12 at 8pm.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - The Java Street Garden Collaborative just got a great winter dirt-lift courtesy of the good folks at GrowNYC. Stop by and check it out!

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - There's great momentum around a new community project atTompkins & Macon. Join in! This group is poised to start something sweet this spring!


This section of our newsletter highlights grant opportunities that may apply to your group's project. See a money opportunity you wanna share? Email it to Drew Tucker ( Check out our updated Green For Your Green page - it lists the grants below, plus others with longer deadlines, and sources for free materials.  

Home Depot is offering sweat equity grants up to $5000 to organizations using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards usable for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Accepting proposals for grants from November 12, 2012 through December 12, 2012.

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Ten applicants will receive $5,000 in cash and tools for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, and healthy, sustainable food sources; and one applicant will receive a complete garden makeover. Nonprofit organizations in the US are eligible to apply. Deadline: December 15, 2012.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) Gardens for the City can help you transform existing open areas into gardens or green spaces. They will provide your organization with building materials and support in construction, horticulture, forestry and environmental education. Submit an application to transform property that is accessible to the public. Deadline: January 11, 2013.

Citizens NYC Community Grants Citizens Committee awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to resident-led community groups in primarily low-income neighborhoods to work on a wide variety of community improvement projects. We also support Title I public school-based extra-curricular initiatives. Our 2013 application is now available. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

***Note that many grants require 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. If your group or organization doesn't have 501(c)(3) status, is a great local option for fiscal sponsorship.

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