The NYC Green Fund Crowdfunding Challenge provides up to $2,500 ($3,000 for organizations based in Environmental Justice Areas) in matching funds for approved community projects that are hosted through an ioby crowdfunding campaign. Projects benefiting an NYC green space  (including parks and related green streets or street trees, playgrounds, GreenThumb community gardens, and non-GreenThumb community gardens) are eligible to have their ioby crowdfunding campaign matched. If approved, the NYC Green Fund contributes one dollar for every dollar raised-up to $2,500 ($3,000 for organizations based in Environmental Justice Areas)!

What's New in 2024:

  • Eligible organizations must be currently working and actively collaborating with Partnerships for Parks or GreenThumb and have an operating budget under $50,000.
  • Organizations are now eligible for up to $2,500 in match funding to double the impact of donations towards their local park, community garden, green street, street tree, or other green space projects.
  • If your organization's green space is based in an Environmental Justice Area (EJA), you qualify for $3,000 in match funding. This includes an additional $500 to further support your efforts in these crucial areas. Visit this page to determine if you are based in an EJA.

In Our Backyards, Inc. (ioby) is a civic tech nonprofit that gives local leaders the ability to crowdfund the resources they need to build real, lasting change from the ground up. ioby’s crowdfunding platform, including one-on-one coaching and support, helps connect local leaders with support and funding from their communities. 

Partnerships for Parks (PfP) is a unique public-private partnership between City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by providing the tools needed to advocate and care for neighborhood parks and green spaces. We equip people, organizations, and government with the necessary skills and resources to ensure these spaces are dynamic community assets.


Please review guidelines on ioby's website before starting the application.

For any questions regarding the guidelines, application, or submitting your idea contact: GreenFundGrassroots@cityparksfoundation.org

If your organization does not have a formal annual operating budget, you can think of this as your organization’s total expenses for the most recent full year.

Step 1: Contact Information

Please use state abbreviation.

Step 2: Collaboration With Partnerships for Parks (PfP) and ioby

Step 3: Group Status

Step 4: Group/Organization Information

Step 5: Tell us about your project idea

Please use the EJNYC Mapping Tool of environmental justice areas to reference.

Please use the NYC Council Members and Districts Map to identify your council district.

Please use the NYC Planning Community District Profiles to answer the question below.

Step 6: Fundraising Goal

Step 7: Timeline

Thank you for your interest in our crowdfunding challenge. Unfortunately you do not meet the eligibility criteria. 

For more information or if you would like to learn more about crowdfunding opportunities, please email GreenFundGrassroots@cityparksfoundation.org.