Program Description                                         Deadline: December 2, 2022

Emergencies affect every community differently, but you can help your community be prepared and resilient. Your Community Network can receive funding up to $40K to work on a community emergency plan through NYC Emergency Management's Strengthening Communities Program.

A community network is a group or a coalition consisting of nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations that are organized around an issue important to their community such as climate change, gun violence, housing, disability rights, or other issues etc...*

The training program focuses on five key areas/deliverables to build an emergency plan specific to your community:
  1. Creating a needs assessment 
  2. Designing community maps of the area where you provide services
  3. Building a resource directory 
  4. Preparing a communication strategy
  5. Creating donations and volunteer management plans
NYC Emergency Management staff provides training, coaching sessions and tools that guide participating networks through the program. 

Criteria for Community Emergency Network:
  • Must be a network or coalition convening at least four times a year
  • Have been established for at least two years or more
  • Have established communication networks among its member organizations
  • Have connections within the community it serves
  • Committed to establishing a formal community emergency plan for their community
  • Able to identify two community organizers who are committed to leading and administering all mandatory deliverables
  • Participate in mandatory capacity-building training classes, led by NYCEM 

An application will be accepted only if it:
·       is completed in full;
·       meets the criteria described above;
·       is submitted by the deadline.    
Evaluation
All applications received by NYCEM will be reviewed and evaluated. NYCEM’s Community Engagement Unit will evaluate and rate applications based on the Evaluation Criteria described below:

Evaluation Criteria (Community Networks) Rating
A. The applicant meets the criteria laid out in the application. (Yes/No)
Yes – 3 pts
No – 0 pts
B. The applicant has relevant experience with community organizing, program management and/or project management. A = Strongly Agree –  5 pts
B = Agree –  4 pts
C = Neither agree or disagree –  3 pts
D = Disagree –  2 pts
E = Strongly Disagree –  0 pts
C. The applicant is committed to building and maintaining a formal community response and recovery plan. A = Strongly Agree – 5 pts
B = Agree – 4 pts
C = Neither agree or disagree – 3 pts
D = Disagree –  2 pts
E = Strongly Disagree – 0  pts
D. The applicant has experience in managing projects related to the deliverables (community mapping, needs assessments, communication strategy, volunteer management, or donations management). A = Strongly Agree – 5 pts
B = Agree – 4 pts
C = Neither agree or disagree – 3 pts
D = Disagree – 2 pts
E = Strongly Disagree – 0 pts
E. The applicant provides evidence of their active role in outreach activities and community involvement A = Strongly Agree – 5 pts
B = Agree – 4 pts
C = Neither agree or disagree – 3 pts
D = Disagree – 2 pts
E = Strongly Disagree – 0 pts
Maximum rating score possible is 23 points for the Community Network.


To fill out the application, click next.

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