New York Grant Resources

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Just as the Explorers Club Headquarters offers a treasure trove of artifacts and exciting stories from their explorations, we’ve got a wealth of information to help you find the golden currency (grants!) for today’s ever-evolving nonprofit sector. Aha, you might ask, but where to begin? That’s where we come in! To get you started, many top giving foundations and corporations based in New York appear in the “New York Funding Sources” section below.

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New York Council of NonProfits (NYCON) is a statewide association of over 3,100 charities with offices in Albany, NYC, Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, Rochester and Oneonta. NYCON provides products, services, information, and advocacy to strengthen nonprofits and their communities.

Nonprofit New York has created a community of over 4,000 nonprofits and offers training, resources, and networking for their members throughout New York.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) provides support for nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester by offering its members management services and monitoring governmental actions to promote the needs of nonprofit organizations.

Are you a small to medium-sized organization looking to strengthen your leadership, management, and financial sustainability? The Support Center in New York works in collaboration with both nonprofit and philanthropic clients.

For LBGTQ advocates, the Stonewall Community Foundation provide programs and support addressing a wide range of issues, from caring for aging adults and eliminating HIV to ending homelessness, helping youth and improving mental health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally donors and volunteers in New York.

Want to learn more about government nonprofit funding but can’t visit the state capital in Albany? Below are links for government offices which have useful grant info.


Government Offices:

New York Governor Kathy Hochul  

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

New York Senator Charles E. Schumer

If you’re looking for your local elected officials, use the Find Your Representative search tool. provides a wealth of resources for nonprofit organizations throughout New York State, from Buffalo to Whitehall and everywhere in between, compiled and monitored by New York Attorney General Letitia James .

NYC Nonprofits is a list of several units in the Mayor's Office that work together to strengthen NYC Nonprofits and includes City Council funding opportunities.

New York State Education Dept. - Grant Funding

New York State Dept. of Health offers information and resources for promoting and protecting public health, along with listings of funding opportunities which support public health.

New York State Council on the Arts Grant Funding


New York State Racing and Wagering Board Charities planning to conduct raffles must apply to this agency for authority to do so.


More Helpful Organizations:

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - 9 NY Chapters - Find the nearest chapter of this highly-respected organization with groups in: NYC, Western NY, Genesee Valley, Hudson-Mohawk Area, Central NY, Long Island, Finger Lakes Area, Mid-Hudson Valley, and Westchester.

Association of Nonprofit Specialists-NY is a network of independent consultants, specialists and organizations that provide management assistance to nonprofits.

Better Business Bureau Metro New York helps people find and recommend businesses and charities they can trust. Areas of geographic focus include: New York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson region.

charitySTRONG is a New York state focused organization, helping nonprofits build strong and diverse boards of directors through an innovative recruitment program and easily accessible director training aimed at the highest standards of board leadership, governance, and oversight.

Corporation for National and Community Service-NY provides connections with AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in New York.

FJC Fiscal Sponsorship Program New York - Not yet received your 501(c) (3) determination letter from the IRS? Fiscal sponsorship can be a way to receive grant funding in the interim. Many community foundations also offer fiscal sponsorship, so check with your local community foundation too.

Fractured Atlas is focused on arts sponsorship and management services (nationwide, based in NYC).

Lawyers Alliance for New York provides legal services from more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. In addition, publications, workshops and webinars provide guidance about formation, fundraising law, fiscal management, nonprofit governance and other legal aspects of operating a not-for-profit corporation.

New York City Bar Justice Center - The Public Service Network matches attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities for organizations in the not-for-profit sector.

New York Community Trust Fund connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits in NYC working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.

New York State Society of CPAs is a membership association of certified public accountants which answers technical inquiries, offers training in financial and tax areas and provides referrals. 

United Way of New York State working to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.


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New Year's Proposal Writers Resolutions

As the developer, writer and steward of funding proposals, you might consider approaching 2024 with new ideas and new energy for the task. It’s a wonderful/terrible tradition that we make resolutions at this time of year, so why not think about these for your proposal-writing list.

A Classical Approach to Grant Proposals

Before campaign advisors, spin doctors, influencers or ad men, there was the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. His treatise, The Rhetoric, laid out a durable blueprint for creating persuasive arguments and the elements he described are as useful today as they were in 4th century BC Greece. As proposal writers, we sometimes get lost in the weeds of data, logic models, detailed methods and other granular stuff. Preparing persuasive proposals can benefit from reviewing these classical principles.

Logic Models, in Plain English

There comes a time when a proposal needs to include a logic model. Many foundations don’t require one but an increasing number are asking applicants to go beyond objectives and show, in a descriptive chart, the route you plan to take to get to the destination.

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