The NYC Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) is pleased to announce the availability of Innovation Grants to encourage individuals, groups, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions to use their entrepreneurial skills to implement creative projects that promote community respect, prevent hate violence, and explore ways to address hate crimes, bias-motivated incidents, and discrimination through non-law enforcement deterrence. Applicants can propose projects including, but not limited to, community workshops, videos, events, conferences, and social media campaigns. Be creative!
OPHC’s goal is to inspire and support approaches that cultivate positive relationships among New Yorkers; increase community-led responses to hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents; improve reporting of incidents; build community cohesion; and develop educational programs that increase cultural competence, awareness, and respect for all.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Applicants must be 14 and older and those under 18 must have parental/guardian consent to apply.
- Must be NYC residents or non-profit organizations based in NYC, serving NYC residents. NYC agencies and other government entities are not eligible, but programs sponsored by city agencies, such as school and youth programs, may apply.
- Awardees will be required to submit a closing report, receipts, and invoices after the completion of the project; awardees may need to provide periodic reports on progress of project.
- OPHC will have the right to publicize all projects.
- Demonstrates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.
- Has potential for high impact in addressing hate violence and/or promoting community respect.
- Can be continued or scaled for further impact.
- Can reach under-served populations, especially those with language barriers, and underreporting.
- Has established metrics for measuring success.
Applications are now closed.