CERSP Grant Program

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Harlem CDC’s Community and Economic Revitalization Support Program (CERSP) provides financial assistance for initiatives and events that advance HCDC’s mission.

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The Community and Economic Revitalization Support Program (CERSP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants for initiatives and events that advance HCDC’s mission. 

Funding for CERSP is provided through annual contributions from Columbia University pursuant to a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions which Columbia executed in connection with Empire State Development’s Columbia University Educational Mixed-Use Development Land Use Improvement and Civic Project.  HCDC’s departments of Business Services and Community Development are responsible for the review and processing of applications received for funding requests.

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Eligible activities include event sponsorship and support for projects and community initiatives that are located within Upper Manhattan or demonstrate a measurable benefit to Upper Manhattan residents, businesses and/or community-based groups, organizations or institutions. Please see program guidelines for more information 

Examples of Previously Sponsored Initiatives:

The Classical Theatre of Harlem: “The Tempest” – (Event)
This Harlem-based theater group performed the Shakespearean classic as part of its yearly Shakespeare in the Park series at the Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park.

SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center: MEOC Hospitality Training Program – (Project)
This tuition-free program educates students in the hospitality industry through three-stage training: coursework, certification preparation, and learning at a local hotel/restaurant (Experiential Learning Opportunity). This program also assists students with job readiness skills (resume writing, interview skills and workplace communication).

Harlem Park to Park: Harlem Local Vendor Partner Program (HLVP) – (Project)
The HLVP is an outreach program designed to provide local Harlem vendors with the opportunity to exhibit their products for Whole Foods foragers/buyers and Columbia University procurement representatives.

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce: Harlem Week – (Event)
HARLEM Week is a summer series of events and programs focused on celebrating the community, culture and development of greater Harlem.

Washington Heights & Inwood Development Corporation (WHIDC): Satellite Office - (Project)
The Satellite Office allows WHIDC to meet West Harlem's economic development needs by creating space for economic empowerment and greater self-determination for local residents, increase equity in the local economy and create new businesses, jobs and income streams.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted between March 11 and October 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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How to Apply

  1. Read program guidelines
  2. Download the CERSP Application form
  3. Gather required documents outlined on page 8 and other supporting documents.
  4. Save and submit: click the "submit" button on page 9 and add supporting documents -or- email completed application as an attachment along with supporting documents to [email protected].

**please note: The submit function may not be compatible with all web browsers. It is recommended that applicants download and save completed files before submitting the application.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Harlem CDC [email protected] or at (212) 961-5896.

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