Compost Grants

Accepting applications from July 16-September 16, 2019!

Citizens Committee for New York City, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer have partnered to offer grants to start, expand, and grow composting programs in all five boroughs of New York City.

Grants of up to $750 are awarded to community groups working on neighborhood composting programs. Groups eligible for funding include community associations, community gardens, friends of park groups, housing development groups, nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private businesses. Grants can be used to purchase materials to start or expand upon a composting program.


2019 Winners

  • 462 Halsey Community Farm, 462 Halsey Compost Program Maintenance, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

  • Abrons Arts Center / Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Composting, Lower East Side, Manhattan

  • Astoria Values, Go Green Astoria, Astoria, Queens

  • BK ROT, BK ROT Food Scrap Drop-Off at Know Waste Lands, Bushwick, Brooklyn

  • Chestnut Street Community Garden, Build a 3 Bin Compost, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn

  • Council of the Peoples Organization, COPO Sustainability Initiative, Coney Island,Brooklyn

  • Digesters, BSF Larvae, Park Slope, Brooklyn

  • Eco-Eagles, Operation Compost, Harlem, Manhattan

  • Family Annex Nursery School, The Family Annex Gardening Initiative, Morningside Heights, Manhattan

  • Spot Compost Project, Jackson Heights, Queens

  • Fort Tryon Apartments Garden Committee, Fort Tryon Apartments Garden Committee Compost Project, Washington Heights, Manhattan

  • Greenbelt Environmental Education Department, Greenbelt Conservancy, High Rock Park Compost Demonstration Garden, New Dorp, Staten Island

  • Harlem Grown, Three Bin Compost System Build Out, Harlem, Manhattan

  • Heavens Gate Garden, HG Community Compost Initiative, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

  • Highland Park Community Garden, East End Compost Bins, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn

  • Joe Holzka Garden, Refurbishing Wire in 3 Compost Bins, West Brighton, Staten Island

  • Kelly Street Garden, Kelly Street Children's Garden, Longwood, Bronx

  • Kingsview Grounds Committee, Fort Green, Brooklyn

  • La Casita Verde, Automatic Compost Sifter, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn

  • LaGuardia Corner Gardens, Composting Garden Waste, Greenwich Village, Manhattan

  • Medgar Evers Tenants Association and Dr. Betty Shabazz Tenants Association, Gates Garden, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

  • Nascent Productions, Davidson Avenue Community Gardeners, Fordham, Bronx

  • New York Harbor School PTA, Compost Campaign and Bin Rebuild, Governors Island, Manhattan

  • P.S. 017 Henry David Thoreau, P.S. 17 Composting Project, Astoria, Queens

  • P.S. 39 Francis J. Murphy Jr. School, It's Compost Time, South Beach, Staten Island

  • Pleasant Village Community Garden, Rat Pad++, East Harlem, Manhattan

  • Pulse Garden Farrugut Houses Gardeners, Creation of a Composting Bin for Farragut Houses Gardens, Forte Green, Brooklyn

  • Riverdale YM and YWHA, Riverdale Y Composting Program, Riverdale, Bronx

  • Sherman Avenue Garden Team, Worm Bin Composting, Morrisania, Bronx

  • St. James Episcopal Church, St. James Compost, Elmhurst, Queens

  • Strawberry Fields Forever, Newbie Composters, Soundview Terrace, Bronx

  • Village Academy, Village Academy Beautification Project, Far Rockaway, Queens

Reduce, Reuse and Repair Grants

Apply Now! Accepting applications from May 2-September 16, 2019

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), Citizens Committee for NYC, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer invite community groups and individuals to apply for a grant to design and implement innovative projects that will help achieve New York City’s waste prevention, reuse and repair goals.

These projects should help the City of New York eventually reuse 100% of all waste that can be reused, repaired, refurbished, or salvaged for spare parts, and pioneer models that can be replicated in other parts of the City.

Since 2017, 33 grants for $50,576 have been awarded to reduce, reuse and repair projects in New York City.

2018 Winners

  • AnaCheza

  • Building 13 Association

  • Coney Island Houses Tenant Association

  • Pulse Garden Farragut Houses Garden

  • Grow Brooklyn Green

  • Guardian Team of Pachamama

  • Harlem Transformation Project

  • Labyrinth Arts Collective

  • Mill Basin Library

  • P.S. 368K

  • Q Gardens

  • Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board

  • Remade in Brooklyn

  • Staten Island Makerspace

  • The W.O.W. Project

  • WE ACT for Environmental Justice

  • Wear Together NYC


2017 Winners

  • Caldwell Enrichment Program

  • Fixers Collective

  • GOOD+ Foundation

  • HarborLAB

  • Los Herederos

  • Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

  • Mott Hall II Community School

  • Fix Up Repair (Apprentice Program)

  • Fix Up Repair (Citywide)

  • Remade in Brooklyn

  • RPGA Studio

  • Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

  • Smiling Hogshead Ranch

  • Staten Island Arts

  • Sue Rock Originals Everyone

  • Time’s Up!


MSWAB is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of their Citizen Action Program.  OSI is a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions should be made payable to "Open Space Institute, Inc./Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board" and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.