New York Restoration Project’s community gardens are more than pretty green oases: they are community hubs. Each gardening season community members and NYRP hold hundreds of events in our community gardens and you can too! Host public events, such as community celebrations, educational workshops, or other public programs. There is no cost to use the space, for community members and non-commercial entities, but gardens must remain open and accessible to the public at all times.
New York Restoration Project has launched a community-wide request for programming in our community gardens. As such, we have created:
- An application to hold your event in an NYRP garden.
- A pilot equipment loan program, where NYRP will loan you event equipment for a limited time.
- A pilot program to disburse grants of up to $500 per event/ project. (Maximum of $1,000 per group)
Interested in hosting your next public event in an NYRP garden? Complete the NYRP event form, below, at least three weeks before your event. Submission of the form does not equal event confirmation, a member of the Community Engagement team will contact you to finalize event information and to confirm availability. If you have any questions, you can contact Community Engagement at 212-333-2552.
NOTE: This form is only to reserve space in a NYRP community garden that is ideal to host an event. To reserve space located in one of the public parks we maintain in Northern Manhattan (including the Riley-Levin Children's Garden, Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek Park and others) you will need to obtain a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Garden event policies:
- Only one event may be held in the garden at any time.
- Garden gates must remain open to the public during all events.
- No fee may be charged to reserve or enter any NYRP garden.
- Event hosts are responsible for acquiring sound or other applicable permits.
- Smoking, drugs, and/or alcohol are not permitted in the gardens.
- All events must end by 7pm. All persons and event materials must be removed from the garden and the garden gates must be locked no later than 8pm.
- Event hosts are responsible for leaving the garden clean and in order.
- A sound permit must be acquired from the NYPD for any event that will have amplified sound/ music at a loud volume.
Complete and submit the following form no later than 3 weeks in advance of your event. Submission of the form is not confirmation of your reservation. NYRP staff will be in contact with you to confirm your event reservation.
COMMUNITY EVENTS PILOT PROGRAMMING GRANT AND EQUIPMENT LOANING
FAQ's before you apply!
I don't need any additional support just a location to hold my event.
Excellent! Please click on the community events tab to fill out the form.
What kind of event can I hold in a community garden?
Music Performances, Poety Readings, Lectures, Movie Nights, Puppet Shows, Fitness Classes, Dance Performances, Cooking Classes, etc.
I am not a member of the garden, can I still apply?
Yes, however garden group approval is required before holding an event in thier space. We recomend you go to a garden meeting prior to applying to meet with the gardners and talk about the event you would like to hold in the garden.
How Can You Use the Grant?
Grants can be used to support the creation or execution of your publically accessible events for New York Restoration Project. Types of uses might include: materials, talent, or equipment. This money can not be used for food or beverages. Please note that if you are selected to receive a grant, receipt of funds is contingent upon an agreement of terms to be sent with acceptance notification.
Grant Selection Criteria
NYRP’s Public Programming Department will evaluate the applications based on:
- Ability to support NYRP’s mission and vision that nature is a fundamental right of every New Yorker.
- Thoughtfully crafted project or event idea with a clear community impact
- Demonstrated past success/high quality projects or events
- Clarity about how the grant will be utilized and why it is needed
- Garden availability and Garden Group approval.
Important Dates (Applications are accepted throughout the year but all events need to occur during the gardening season, April through October. Applicants may submit more than one event application. Up to $1,000 per individual/ CBO/ Garden Group will be awarded in one year.)
Friday, May 25: June and July Projects/ Events Deadline
Thursday, May 31: June Applicants notified
Friday June 8: July Applicants notified
Friday June 21, August Projects/ Events Deadline
Friday July 27, September Projects / Events Deadline