WHDC Updates

WHDC’s Pre-grant Application for Cycle 2 of 2014 is Now Available!

September 1, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released the pre-grant application for the second grant cycle of 2014 on Monday, September 1, 2014. The application is available here. New applicants will have to create an online account to complete the application. Previous recipients need to login and click on “Apply” on their dashboard. Grant recipients from Cycle 1 of 2014 are not eligible to apply during this cycle. If you have any questions about the application, please email dmorris@westharlemdc.org.

WHDC is following a 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.

In 2014, WHDC’s funding priorities shifted 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. Find out more information about how WHDC has begun to implement this strategy with our first cycle grantees here.

Important dates of the grant cycle include:

  • Monday, September 1, 2014: Pre-grant Application made
    available online
  • Monday, September 15, 2014: Pre-grant Application due
  • Friday, October 10, 2014: Grant Application invitations sent
    and application made available to
    selected organizations
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014: Grant Application due
  • Early December, 2014: WHDC Grant Awards announced
    and issued