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Grants | Book Programs | Student Service Opportunities

Children for Children provides resources to New York City schools and educators via grants and hands on events and programs that invite and enable students to focus on helping others and gain personal skills, including responsibility and leadership skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, self-respect, character development and self-discipline. Young volunteers also find more motivation and engagement in studies, greater tolerance for diversity and broader perspectives. Studies suggest that even academic performance can improve across the socio-economic spectrum.  

CFC's Kids for Community, which easily links to school websites, offers a free database of NYC youth volunteer opportunities, as well as a host of resources for educators, parents and kids—even links for grants to support youth-led service projects. CFC's Grow Involved Club makes it easy and fun to record and receive recognition for acts of service and giving. Each student in a class can participate.


CFC's Annual Fund Grants support school resource needs. After the end of each year, CFC grants 100% of the Annual Fund, which is funded by Celebrations Program contributions and other donations not designated for programs or operations, to selected school applicants.

To qualify for grants, schools must demonstrate evidence of leadership and progress, despite typically serving a population in which 90% or more of the students qualify for the federal free lunch program. Grant school principals commit to lead their students in a service project benefiting children or others in their community, so that their students can gain from the many personal benefits of helping others.   In the past, grants have ranged from $5,000 to $28,000 providing materials such as musical instruments, microscopes, libraries and much more.

CFC visits potential grant schools and invites qualifying schools to apply. A short written application is required. Annual Fund applications are due by January 20th, and recipients are announced in the quarter of the year.

Learn more about CFC's Annual Fund Grants and download a nomination form.

Teachers' Aid Programsm (TAP) Grants recognize dedicated teachers serving under-resourced communities with smaller classroom resource and service project grants.

Learn more about CFC's Teachers' Aid Program and download an application.


Book Programs

Children for Children's Book Programs help build classroom libraries and address the chronic needs of students for books in schools serving under-resourced communities throughout New York City.

Read more about CFC's Ongoing Book Drive, Celebrations Book BasketsSM, and founding partnership in Project Cicero.


Student Service Opportunities

Children for Children offers student service opportunities for youth to "Grow Involved" and help build communities throughout New York City.

Read more about CFC's Special Events and Projects, Children's Action Board, Grow Involved Kits and Service Learning resources.

Schools that host a Children's Action Board project can gain a double benefit in that they introduce students to hands on service and new friends in an environment they know best, and the school gets the benefit of the volunteer work—whether it's a beautification project or other needed improvement.


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"The Children for Children grant enabled us to create effective teaching environments and an effective inquiry-based science program. So often in the past, our science teachers thought 'if I only had this instrument or kit my students could truly g.html this concept.' This Grant made it possible. And now CFC is funding an exciting new service learning school project, so our students can grow more involved in the community."

Marc Waxman, Co-Director, Future Leaders Institute