NYJL Community Improvement Project application


Through our Community Improvement Project (CIP), we provide a team of trained NYJL volunteers to help complete the project as well as funding support and in-kind services for capital improvements. Previous CIP partners include Harbor Science and Arts Charter School, Hartley House, Union Settlement, New York City Mission Society, and Urban Dove.

Additional NYJL Programming is also available to our CIP partners. To learn more about our areas of community impact, click here.

Apply for NYJL’s Community Improvement Project


The NYJL Community Improvement Project follows the same principle as the NYJL’s Playground Improvement Project, one of our most successful signature projects, which has been renovating New York City playgrounds in partnership with the City Parks Department since 1991.

The goal of the NYJL Community Improvement Project is to create a partnership with the facility selected for a one-year duration to assist the facility in increasing its community impact. An assessment of need will be conducted after the one year period to determine whether there is an ongoing need for further volunteer assistance from the NYJL but no additional funding beyond the initial $60,000 will be provided.

Last Years Project


In 2015-2016, the NYJL selected Hartley House as the CIP community partner.   The scope of the renovation project was to refresh and and transform three rooms at the facility that are used for adult and children’s education community programming within a $50,000 budget. Over the course of six work days throughout the winter and spring, the NYJL volunteers worked closely with a team of designers and contractors to transform the space. NYJL volunteers painted bookshelves and bathrooms, assembled furniture and shelving, boxed and organized art supplies and books, and removed old bulletin boards to make way for new ones.  

Hartley House, a community service organization located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, is one of the only settlement houses in NYC that remains in its original, 120 year old facility comprised of four interconnected brownstones. For more information about Hartley House, click here.

Selection Process and Application Deadline

A facility will be selected from organizations that complete the RFP in its entirety. Finalists will receive a site visit before a final facility is selected. All applicants must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501(a) (public school) located in Manhattan.

Completed applications should be submitted online no later than midnight on Sunday, May 21, 2017. In addition, all finalists must be available to host a site visit of their facility for the NYJL volunteers May 29-June 9, 2017.

Questions about NYJL’s Community Improvement Project? Please contact cip@nyjl.org.

Good Faith Statement

All information provided by the NYJL in this RFP is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time. The NYJL makes no certification that any item is without error. The NYJL is not responsible or liable for any use of the information contained herein or for any claims asserted therefrom.

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The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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