This mailing has three sections -- GREEN WARRIORS UNITED (the news from 596 Acres as an organization), NEWS FROM THE ACRES (news, resources and invitations for participation from the decentralized projects on the 596 Acres) and GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN (funding opportunities). We're just testing this out, and would love your feedback. Let us know how it's working!
NEWS FROM THE ACRESNews, resources and invitations for participation from the decentralized projects on the 596 Acres; this section is built from your submissions. Submit every week by Wedneday 8pm for Friday's mailing. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Februry 23, 6:30pm
The Java Street Collaborative is presenting their proposal for community space in Greenpoint on land owned by Housing Preservation and Development tonight at theParks & Recreation Committee of Community Board 1. If you would like to attend, emailStella. Space in the venue is limited. Cross your fingers for them!
435 Graham Avenue (corner of Frost St).
If you live or work in Bed Stuy and are looking for a project -- there's a wonderful sunny lot on Putnam and Patchen with a community group just starting to bud around it. HPD has already said that the space is available for at least the next 5 years. Join them! Spring is full of possibilities!
GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
Chances to See...Thursday, February 23, 6pm
Paula Z. Segal will be speaking at Parsons as part of the In The Urban Crisis series. She will be talking about the work of 596 Acres, #whOWNSpace and local community coalitions as part of a wave of democratizing projects for New York City. Come say hello.
Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Saturday, February 25, 4:30-6pm
The Just Food Conference Expo
We'll be there! If you're attending the conference, come say hello!
Monday, Februray 27, 12pm
#F27 We will join Occupy Our Food Supply for a Seed Exchange at Liberty Plaza at noon!
Broadway and Liberty, Manhattan
Save the date: 596 Acres will be at the Making Brooklyn Bloom conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on March 10. It's a wonderful event this year, full of really practical workshops and chances to meet seasoned greenspace warriors. More details here.
Vote for Us - once a day every day until March 8!Please take a moment today and as often as you can to vote for 596 Acres in BigApps 3.0 -- we've entered a contest that allows each voter one vote per day! We are competing for being the best application using NYC data. We know you love it. (Vote daily until March 8 - we know that's crazy, but we really want to win!)
GREEN FOR YOUR GREENThis newsletter will highlight grant opportunities that may apply to your group's project. See a money opportunity you wanna share? Email it to Eva Meszaros email@example.com. Two new grants, and a fundraiser idea this week. And don't forget about The New York Community Trust (rolling deadline).
New York Foundation (Deadline March 1) This organization has a strong focus on community organizing and advocacy, as well as inspiring community members to become active in their neighborhoods.
JM Kaplan Fund: City Life Program (rolling deadline) The City Life Program lines up with our goals but emphasizes parks, so you may want to emphasize how your project does align with their efforts.
GrowNYC’s Open Space Greening Program holds its Annual Spring Plant Sale each May in order to provide community groups with perennial and annual flowering plants, herbs, ground covers, and vegetables from Greenmarket farmers at wholesale prices. Plants are for neighborhood open space projects only (e.g. community gardens, schools, block associations, churches, etc.) and may be sold to raise other funds. You need to pre-register for the sale by April 9 (click the link above). This could be a great fund raiser or fund saver for your group!
***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, Ioby is a great local option for fiscal sponsorship: if you have a project on IOBY.org, you get free fiscal sponsorship with it!