To access matching funds, your project must:

1.     Provide a public benefit to residents in Con Edison’s service area, which includes the five boroughs of NYC (except the Rockaways) and Westchester County.  

2.     Be led by an individual resident, informal group, nonprofit organization, place of worship, school, or business based within Con Edison’s service area.

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

4.     Be implemented by December 31, 2020 at the latest.

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

6.     Fit within one of following project areas (see details below).  

7.     Please note, current Con Edison grantees are not eligible for this match opportunity. 

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Environment - Projects that promote local solutions to environmental issues, such as:

    • Recycling or composting programs

    • Projects that promote biking, walking, and public transportation as greener alternatives to car travel

    • Green infrastructure projects

    • Tree planting

    • Environmental education

    • Environmental justice efforts

    • Projects that promote energy conservation or renewable energy

    • Initiatives aimed at emergency preparedness or building community resilience to climate change

  • 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, such as:

    • Improving park amenities

    • Street tree planting and stewardship

    • Park clean-up days

    • Community events held in parks or gardens

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

    • Expanding and supporting community gardens

  • Arts and Culture - Projects that beautify and enliven communities with the visual and performing arts, make art more accessible to a broad audience, or engage community members in the creation of art, such as:

    • Arts education programs

    • Murals and public art installation

    • Art parades and other participatory arts events

    • Free or affordable ticketed arts events 

Examples of ineligible projects:

  • Social service or charitable projects that lack a primary focus on arts, environment, or green space.
  • Projects led by an outside organization that aim to ‘serve’ a community, but do not deeply involve or engage residents of that community.
  • Arts or cultural projects that are not affordably priced for the community they are based in or do not have an accessible public component.
  • Fundraising for a pool of funds to be re-granted to others or used for an unspecified purpose in the future.

Eligible Expenses:

Funds raised as part of this match 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.

Want to discuss your project and see if it’s a good fit? Contact the Match Team at matches@ioby.org or 917-464-4515 x5.

If your project isn’t the right fit for the Power Up Neighborhood Match, 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 ioby Leader Success Strategist. Share your idea to get started!

 

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