WHDC Updates

WHDC Pre-grant Application is Now Available, Due April 18

April 2, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released the pre-grant application for the first grant cycle of 2014 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The application is available here. New applicants will have to create an online account to complete the application. Grant recipients from Cycle 1 of 2013 need to login and click on “Apply” on their dashboard. For funding consideration, Cycle 1 grant recipients will need to submit a preliminary final report before April 11, 2014 if you have not done so already. Grant recipients from Cycle 2 of 2013 are not eligible to apply during this cycle. If you have any questions about the application, please email grants@westharlemdc.org.

This cycle marks the organization’s bold new direction to invest for measurable impact. In line with its strategic vision, residents of Community Board 9 are WHDC’s customers not the nonprofit organizations. This deliberate emphasis is designed to ensure that needs are met and lives are improved while giving WHDC quantifiable data to use in leveraging additional funds for the community’s human capacity development.

“This new direction promises to make WHDC a model organization,” said Kofi A. Boateng, WHDC Executive Director. “By investing for impact, we will be able to make measurable and significant contributions to the lives of the people of West Harlem.”

In 2014, WHDC’s funding priorities will shift dollars towards areas of priorities, defined in our Sustainable Community Development Goals, and to good performers that will help the organization to solve the community’s problems. The priority areas will include education, workforce development, housing and health, while respecting the eight areas of need—which also include arts and culture, historical preservation, transportation and the environment—outlined in Community Benefits Agreement.

WHDC will use these priority areas as guides in its investing for impact while requiring measurable data that show who in Community District 9 is impacted and how. This move allows the organization to apply for additional funds from the government and foundations that require such measurable proof of impact in the community.

“When WHDC applies for funds, it must demonstrate measurable results. We shall demand no less from our grantees,” said Donald C. Notice, WHDC Board Chair. “This is the only way to tell a collective story of impact.”

Important dates of the grant cycle include:

  • Tuesday, April 2: Pre-grant application released
  • Friday, April 18: Pre-grant application deadline
  • Mid May: Grant application invitations to selected organizations
  • Monday, June 9: Grant application deadline
  • Late July: Grant awards announced