Community Improvement Project Request for Proposal


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

Additional programming support with the NYJL is also available to our Community Improvement Project partners. We invite you to learn more about our areas of community impact.


  • We are now accepting partnership proposals through May 17, 2019, at midnight. We will only consider Manhattan-based projects with a maximum budget of $60,000. Short-listed applicants will be notified in late May. Specific proposal instructions are included in the request for proposal.
  • Submit completed proposals to If you have any questions, please email
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Selection Process and Application Deadline

  • A facility will be selected from organizations that submit a completed proposal. 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.
  • All finalists must be available to host a site visit of their facility for the NYJL volunteers the first weeks of June, 2019.

Good Faith Statement

  • All information provided by the NYJL in this Request for Proposal is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time. The New York Junior League 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.


  • Our Community Improvement Project follows the same principle as one of our most successful signature projects, Playground Improvement Project, which has been renovating New York City playgrounds in partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation 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.

Past Projects

  • 2016-2017 Community Partner: Harbor Science & Arts Charter School

  • In 2016-2017, we selected Harbor Science & Arts Charter School as our Community Improvement Project partner. The scope of the renovation project was to refresh and transform a middle school classroom into a modern, state-of the-art science lab within a $60,000 budget. Over the course of six work days throughout the winter and spring, our skilled volunteers worked closely with a team of designers and contractors to transform the space. Our volunteers painted walls, assembled furniture and shelving, organized new science lab supplies and equipment, and assisted in adding new flooring and professional science cabinetry.
  • Opened in 2000, Harbor Science & Arts Charter School is the third oldest operating charter school in New York City and serves 255 students each year across grades K-8. Its mission is to provide high quality education through a rigorous academic program, infusing character building, physical wellness and the arts.
  • 2015–2016 Community Partner: Hartley House

    Renovated Facility: Hartley House, 413 West 46th Street
    Project Scope: NYJL volunteers revitalized the multipurpose room into a versatile space for senior and youth education and entertainment, installed a new kitchen, and refurbished a classroom.

    Hartley House and the NYJL have had a long history of partnerships: NYJL first worked with Hartley House in 1905–1906 as part of the early settlement work. In the 1920s, Hartley House was one of four settlements the New York Junior League focused on. The partnership was revived in the 1960s when Hartley House hosted an afterschool childhood literacy program.

  • 2014–2015 Community Partner: Union Settlement

    Renovated Facility: Washington Community Center, 1775 Third Ave at 98th Street
    Project Scope: NYJL volunteers revitalized the multi-purpose room into a versatile space for senior and youth education and entertainment events.

    Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, Union Settlement has brought education, wellness, and community-building programs to its neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to improve their lives.

  • 2013–2014 Community Partner: New York Mission Society

    Renovated Facility: Minisink Townhouse, 646 Lenox Avenue at 142nd Street
    Project Scope: NYJL volunteers revitalized a theater, a community room with a library, and kitchen gathering areas.

    New York Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Their progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, and cultural enrichment programs provide those they serve with the tools to break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.

  • 2012–2013 Community Partner: Urban Dove and PS/MS 96

    Renovated Facility: Public School/Middle School 96, 16 East 120th Street
    Project Scope: NYJL volunteers refurbished the tween student space, including kitchenette, lounge area, and educational area.

    Based in New York City, Urban Dove specializes in after-school programs and life skills training for at-risk youth.

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We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

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