Strengthening Communities Program

Emergencies affect every community differently, but you can help your community be prepared and resilient. For the NYC Emergency Management's Strengthening Communities program, it pays to be prepared: The program offers grants to community networks to build their emergency preparedness plan and support local community resources.

The training program focuses on five key areas to build an emergency plan specific to their communities:

  • Create a needs assessment review
  • Design community maps of the area where they provide services
  • Build a directory of resources for after an emergency
  • Prepare a communications strategy to message their staff before, during, and after emergencies
  • Design plans on how to plans to manage donations and accept volunteers

The program (also referred to as the Strengthening Communities through Recovery program) is funded by the City as part of our ongoing commitment to direct support of our communities, and all training courses, coaching and innovative collaborations are provided by NYC Emergency Management’s community engagement unit.

2023 Strengthening Communities Application

The 2023 Strengthening Communities application is now open! Complete your application today. Find the application and more information at

Want more information about Strengthening Communities? Have a question about the application? Come to one of two information sessions!

Register now for one of two information sessions using the links below:

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday November 4, 12 - 1 p.m.