A significant portion of NYC Parks’ Capital budget is provided by Council Members and Borough Presidents who allocate funding towards park improvement projects. There are many ways to partner with your local elected officials to encourage them to fund park projects in your community.
- Discretionary Capital Funding: A block of funding which elected officials allocate each year to improve parks, libraries, schools and other City properties.
- Participatory Budgeting: A democratic process which engages community members to directly decide how to allocate discretionary capital funds in some City Council districts.
- Parks Equity Initiative: An opportunity for parks groups and non-profits to earn small City Council grants to strengthen their outreach and mission.
Come to this session to learn about how you can bring funding to your park. We’ll share everything you need to know about timelines and eligibility. You will also have the opportunity to hear directly from a park group that has been successful in raising funds from elected officials for a park in their district.
Kate Spellman, Chief of Community Outreach and Partnership Development, NYC Parks
Steven Kirby, Government Relations, NYC Parks
Emily Walker, Director of Outreach, NY4P, and Citywide Steering Committee for PBNYC
Marlene Pantin, Red Hook Conservancy