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New Capacity Building Program: Community Engagement Workshops

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Free Community Engagement coaching and workshops available to your organization – offered in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services!

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is partnering with the Municipal Art Society (MAS) to provide community-based organizations with a series of facilitated workshops designed to provide their neighborhoods with the knowledge and tools needed to advocate for change. MAS has been offering this community engagement-focused training—called the Livable Neighborhoods Program—since 2007, and has trained nearly 1,000 New Yorkers on basic concepts of zoning, city government, and community activism.

This new version of the Livable Neighborhoods Program will focus on commercial revitalization and community engagement strategies in four (4) communities with up to two (2) partner organizations—including local development corporations, merchants associations, business improvement districts, and others—in each community. Resources will be available to community-based organizations for outreach materials, space rental, and interpretation and translation.

Benefits to participating organizations include:

  • Understanding the various planning and development processes in New York City;
  • Becoming active partners in community planning;
  • Researching and analyzing data related to commercial revitalization;
  • Advocating for improvements to local commercial districts.

This program is free, but competitive and available by application only. For complete program guidelines, email SBS at the Neighborhood Development email or APPLY NOW through the online application.