To access matching funds, your project must:

  1. Provide a public benefit to residents of one of the following geographic areas of New York State:

  • Clinton County

  • North End, Niagara Falls, NY

  • Near West Side, Syracuse

  • Lower East Side, Manhattan

  • East Harlem, Manhattan

  • Mott Haven, Bronx

  • Hunts Point, Bronx

  • Claremont, Bronx

  • Morrisania, Bronx

  • Brownsville, Brooklyn

  1. Be focused on improving public health outcomes for residents of one of the eligible geographic areas in a specific and direct way.

  2. Not be aimed at making private profit for a specific individual, family, or business entity.

  3. Be led by or be implemented in partnership with the residents of the neighborhood where the project is taking place.

  4. Be implemented by September 2018 at latest.

  5. Be specific and concrete. Please note that all ioby campaign pages must include a budget outlining how funds will be spent.

Eligible Expenses:

Funds raised as part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge can be used to cover any cost directly related to your specific project, including:

  • food and other event costs

  • event permitting fees

  • volunteer rewards such as T-shirts

  • advertising and marketing

  • materials and equipment

  • educator, performer, speaker or intern stipends

  • local travel

  • software and hardware

  • contracted services

  • consultant fees

  • staff salaries and administrative overhead, prorated for the time spent on the project

Examples of eligible projects:

 

  • Food - Projects that promote food justice, or improve the production, distribution, affordability or popularity of healthy food in your neighborhood.

    • Community gardens

    • Farmers markets

    • Healthy cooking classes for the community

    • Kitchen facility upgrades in a community facility

    • Soup kitchens and food security programs

    • School gardens or school-based nutrition education programs

  • Active transportation and recreation - Projects that help to make your neighborhood more bikeable and walkable, and to encourage people to choose active transportation and recreation.

    • Bike safety workshops and helmet giveaways

    • Pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy work

    • Youth fitness programs and extracurricular sports activities

    • Free exercise classes offered in a community space

    • Community walking or running groups

    • Free or affordable dance classes

    • Active-living amenities such as exercise equipment in parks, new walking trails, improved lighting or signage along existing trails.

  • Green space - Projects that make your neighborhood greener through caring for parks, gardens, or street trees, and that encourage resident use of and engagement with green spaces.

    • Improving park playgrounds

    • Free yoga or exercise classes in a park

    • Planting new street trees

    • Park clean-up days

    • Community events held in parks or gardens

    • Converting a vacant lot into a community garden or pocket park

  • Education and access - Projects that educate your neighbors about health and wellness, increase access to and understanding of health services, or encourage adoption of healthy lifestyle choices.

    • Block parties with free health tests and information about disease prevention

    • Awareness-building events about a specific disease

    • Reproductive health initiatives or education programs

    • Anti-violence work

    • Programs that support those managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma

    • Community organizing initiatives focused on health equity

    • Anti-smoking campaigns

    • Emergency preparedness initiatives

    • Aging-in-place initiatives

 

Check out all the inspiring funded projects from 2016 and 2017 for more specific examples of eligible projects!

Examples of ineligible projects:

  • Arts or cultural projects that lack a primary focus on impacting health outcomes, such as general performances or exhibits.

  • Social service projects that lack a primary focus on impacting health outcomes, such as job training or affordable housing programs.

  • Charitable projects that lack a primary focus on impacting health outcomes, such as clothing and gift giveaways.

  • Projects that improve community life, generally, but lack a primary focus on human health outcomes, such as recycling initiatives, environmental education programs, murals and beautification projects, feral animal management, street festivals and block parties, or literacy and tutoring programs.

  • Events limited to the membership of a specific organization that are not reasonably accessible to neighborhood residents.

  • Fundraising for a pool of funds to be re-granted to others or used for an unspecified purpose in the future.

Want to discuss your project and see if it’s a good fit? Contact Ethany Uttech, ioby Partnerships Manager, at ethany@ioby.org or 917-464-4515 x 5.

 

If your project isn’t the right fit for the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge, you may still be eligible to fundraise on ioby without matching funds, which will still give you access to our training materials, low-fees, fiscal sponsorship, and one-on-one support from an experienced Leader Success Strategist.

 

Share your idea today to get started!

 

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