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News From the Acres - December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

I could be a... garden? 

We put new signs up in the East New York and Weeksville neighborhoods last week and we are already getting some response! See the photo album here. Stay tuned for the next sign delivery expedition. 

We collaborated with Culinary Kids last weekend to help facilitate community resilience in Rockaway and make way for a new community space at Beach 58th Street on the Bay side of Rockaway - a warm tent for the winter! See photos of the raising here. TheAwesome Foundation has named this tent as its November grantee -- making it possible for the tent to be warm through the winter! If you or your organization wants to help with programming on this public site, there is a meeting this Saturday, December 15 at the site at noon. For more info or if you would like to be involved and can't attend, contact


Thursday, January 10, at 7pm - "In Conversation: Gentrification and Globalization"with Paula Z. Segal at the Brooklyn Museum. 
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 15 at noon, come decorate the garden and bring your kids for the kids decorating workshop!

Rockaway, Queens - Some momentum is building around a Department of Transportation-owned lot in Far Rockaway. We're so excited and curious!

Bushwick, Brooklyn - There is renewed momentum around a lot owned by the Police Department on Stockholm Street. The group is fanning out through the neighborhood, talking to EVERYONE and formulating a plan. Join them!

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.

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.  

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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