MCC Community Benefit Fund & 2nd and 3rd Avenue Street Fairs

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Fund runs two of the oldest and largest street fairs in New York City.

This Year We Would Like to Present

2nd Avenue Community Benefit Festival

 

  • 32nd Annual MCC Second Avenue Community Benefit Festival
  • Saturday, May 31st
  • 12:00 – 05:00 PM
  • Third Avenue – 66th to 86th Streets (due to Subway construction)
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3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festival

 

  • 37th Annual MCC Third Avenue Community Benefit  Festival
  • Sunday, September 7th
  • 12:00 – 05:00 PM
  • Third Avenue – 66th to 86th Streets
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Reach One Million People by Renting a Booth at the Street Fairs
 
If you wish to reserve a booth or have organizational questions, please contact Clearview Festival Productions at (646)230-0489 or visit their 
website

3 easy steps: 

 

  • Obtain a Clearview ID – contact Clearview 
  • Fill in registration form
  • Promote your business

 

To download the registration forms, please click here:

 

 

 

2010 MCC 3rd Avenue Street FairThe mission of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Fund (CBF) (501c3 affiliate of MCC) is to support a wide range of nonprofit programs throughout Manhattan, encouraging volunteerism and garnering visibility and financial support for nonprofits seeking to improve the health, welfare, social and cultural lives of all New Yorkers.

 

 

The CBF encourages volunteerism in New York City, and also runs two of the oldest and largest street fairs in New York City - the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festivals held in June and September from 66th to 86th Streets. The profits from these large events are deposited directly into the CBF.

We are proud to announce financial support from the CBF in 201 totaling over $190,000 in grants, raffle and in-kind donations to more than 40 nonprofits on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Grant applications are sent out to the district's nonprofit agencies, who then apply for funding from the CBF for programs directly affecting Community Board 8 area, from East 59th Street to East 96th Street (from 5th Avenue to the East River).

2011 MCC 2nd Avenue Street Fair"The purpose of these popular street fairs is to support a wide range of community programs in Community Board District 8,” said Ronald Paltrowitz, interim Chamber chairman. “Each year, event proceeds are used to support a wide range of community-based nonprofit projects in the area.”

To date, the Chamber has given over $3,000,000 back to the community. Every August, nonprofit organizations in the Community Board 8 district are invited to apply for MCC Community Benefit Fund monies. Applications are due in October. Actual grant monies are distributed in December of each year.

In addition, the CBF Raffle Ticket Program helps nonprofit organizations to enhance their projects. Proceeds to the organizations traditionally range from $59,000-$76,000 per year in total. This year, $63,036 in tickets were sold by the organizations to raise money for their programs.

Year 2013 grant recipients include:

      • Asian American Film Lab
        Providing a platform, education and access for filmmakers and talent of color to share their stories and to provide family-friendly, diverse, innovative, original entertainment programming.
      • ASPHALT GREEN
        Description of Project: Recess Enhancement Program (REP) transforms recess into an active and safe time through games and activities that decrease conflict and increase physical activity, self-esteem, safety, and fun.
      • Civitas Citizens Inc.
        Description of Project: Presenting community events in Community Board 8, to bring Upper East Side residents together to develop local ideas for the future of East River Esplanade from 63rd to 96th
      • COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA /MOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM & GARDEN
        Description of Project: Funds requested to have the museum present a Summer Garden Concert Series in the Colonial Revival Garden.
      • Creative Arts Workshops for Kids
        Description of Project: In collaboration with the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center after-school program, CAW will provide an age-approproate, mixed-media class arts education programming for elementary school students.
      • DOROT, INC.
        Description of Project: DOROT provides a wide range of social services to an increasing number of frail and homebound East Side seniors.
      • EVICTION INTERVENTION SERVICES: Homelessness Prevention (EIS)
        Description of Project: Provides direct homelessness prevention services to households on Manhattan's Mid-Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.
      • Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
        Description of Project: Funding is requested for several projects, such as public walking tours, lectures and events, as well as recognition of restoration, renovation and other work being done on the Upper East Side.
      • God's Love We Deliver
        Description of Project: The requested funds will be used to prepare and deliver meals to low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
      • GRAMERCY BRASS OF NEW YORK, INC.
        Description of Project: Gramercy Brass of NY is requesting support in sending music students to attend the Gramercy Brass Band Camp, offering a full week of intense training in brass and persuasion music performance and techniques. 
      • Health Advocates for Older People, Inc.
        Description of Project: The project for which funds are requested, is the continuation of the Healthy Aging Program. This encourages safety at home, good simple nutrition and engagement in the community for the elderly.
      • Inwood House
        Description of the project: The Inwood House Continuum of Care serves NYC pregnant and parenting teens who are currently in foster care, homeless, runaway, adjuducated, or aging out of child welfare, as well as young fathers.
      • Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.
        Description of Project: JCE will take the New York Jazz Choregraphy Project to the Lenox Hill Neigborhood House as part of the Second Sundays Performance Series, which offers free or low-cost arts performances to the East Side community.
      • LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC
        Description of Project: Project Sundays at Two performance series of free informal recitals and presentations by professional and semi-professional soloist. Provide low-income older adults on the East side with social services etc.
      • LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC.  
        Description of Project: RealArts Afterschool offers age-appropriate arts education including theater arts, music, visual arts, dance, and digital animation and photography for children ages five through 13.
      • Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, Inc.
        Description of Project: "CHIRP" is a mobile information and referral program for low-income, homelss, and at-risk households utilizing over-taxed, under-resourced, NYC dinner programs for needy individuals.
      • New York Common Pantry
        Description of Project: Project Dignity's goal is to serve as a bridge back to health, well-being and economic self-sufficiancy for the homeless and hungry clients. 
      • New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble
        Description of Project: The NYSAE 2014 Spring Concert Series introduces three concerts. The mission of the NYSAE is to provide performance opportunities for amateur musicians and to present low-cost, high-quality symphony concerts.
      • Rhinelander Children's Center
        Description of Project: Requested funds will be used to support the dramatic arts component af Rhinlander's After School Program. Students will be writing, producing and performing their own short film. 
      • Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates
        Description of Project: The requested funds will help RICLA continue the support of the local cultural and educational nonprofit groups of Roosevelt Island, in their outreach, promotion and advertising.
      • Roosevelt Island Seniors Association
        Description of Project: Needs supplies for new computer lab. Ink, microsoft word, printers, and software for seniors.
      • SEARCH AND CARE, INC.
        Description of Project: Helping vulnerable elders residing in the Manhattan communities of Yorkville, Carnegie Hall, and East Harlem.
      • Service Program for Older People
        Description of Project: The SPOP Clinic helps various centers in Community Board 8 with clinic staff working on site the centers to provide comprehensive mental health services, or treatment in the home. 
      • Spanish Theatre Repertory (Repertorio Espanol)
        Description of Project: !Dignidad! is a Education and Outreach program, which brings the excitement of theatre to a population of New Yorker students. MCC funds will be used to support school-day matinee performances for students within Community Board 8.
      • Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
        Description of Project: Project Isaacs Growing Place is the beautification and environmental education that benefits NYCHA residents and senior, community and youth centers by involving members of both the onsite afterschool program and senior center.
      • The Annie Tinker Association for Women, Inc.
        Description of Project: Tinker beneficiaries reside in the MCC Community Board 8. For these 15 beneficiaries, Tinker are requesting an average of $300, each to help pay for basic cable and digital phone service. 
      • THE CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY / RHINELANDER CHILDREN’S CENTER
        Description of Project: The requested funds will be used to support Rhinelander's After School Program called "Arts & Smarts". This program is a strong complement to homework help and the performing arts curriculum.
      • The Doe Fund
        Description of Project: The Ready, Willing & Able is a 10-12 month  multi-phased program, designed to individuals overcome barriers to employement and achieve independent lifestyles in order to break cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism.
      • THE FRIENDS OF P.S. 169, ROBERT F. KENNEDY SCHOOL
        Description of Project: funds are requested primarily to pay for the summer camp program. The Friends wish to send another 40-50 children to Camp Ramapo next summer. 
      • THE NEW YORK CENTER FOR CHILDREN
        Description of Project: The Tutoring and Enrichment Program provides one-on-one tutoring to children who receive therapy services at NYCC, as a result of abuse.
      • The Senior Fall Prevention Institute, Inc
        Description of Project: The MOVE STRONG program is designed to help improve strength, flexibility, balance and confidence, and to reduce older adults' risk for falls.
      • The Young People's Chorus of New York City
        Description of Project: The requested funds will support the two annual self-produced concerts, which will give the choristers the opportunity to perform challenging music written by today's cutting edge composers.
      • TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL
        Description of Project: The requested funds will be used to support the music education partnership programs at P.S. 59 and P.S. 267. These programs will provide high quality music education to a total of 789 students.

 

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