Pratt Center Project

Sustainable Community Development

Taconic Fellowship

Bridging community development across Pratt Institute's diverse disciplines.


Pratt Center for Community Development is pleased to announce the sixth year of the Taconic Fellowship Program and to invite applications from Pratt Institute faculty, staff, and students. Made possible by a grant from the Taconic Foundation, the Fellowship provides financial awards for projects that align with Pratt Center’s urban planning and policy work in support of sustainable and equitable community development. The goals of the Fellowship are to expose more disciplines to community development work while supporting Pratt Institute’s commitment to collaboration, interdisciplinary projects, and service learning.

The Center is now accepting proposals for projects for the 2018-2019 school year that relate to neighborhood planning, economic development, community design, affordable housing, sustainable development, and/or other urban issues confronting low- and moderate-income communities in New York City. (See the “Project Eligibility” and “Evaluation Criteria” sections for more information.) In keeping with Pratt Center’s approach of closely partnering with communities to help solve local problems, applicants must  propose a project that directly serves a non-profit community- based organization, including but not limited to community development corporations, issue-based advocacy organizations, merchants associations, or other types of neighborhood-based and neighborhood-serving advocacy groups. Applicants can propose a project with a group they already know and with whom they already work, or with a group that is new to  them.

Pratt Institute faculty (including adjuncts, visiting instructors, part-time and full-time professors), full-time and part-time administrators, and students (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) are eligible to apply. Partnerships between faculty and students and between people in different departments are strongly encouraged.

Award amounts are between $1,000 and $10,000 per project. Awards will be disbursed to faculty members in the form of a stipend and to students as part of their Pratt Institute financial aid package. Application requests should not exceed $10,000 total; Pratt Center reserves the right to offer partial funding to some applicants. A detailed budget is requested as part of the application. Applicants are encouraged to make use of the budget template provided.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 1st, 2018 for projects that will take place between September 2018 and June 2019. We will consider projects that occur during Summer 2018 as well, but stipends will not be available for disbursement until Fall 2018. A panel of reviewers from Pratt Center and Pratt Institute will evaluate proposals for their feasibility, capacity to meet the project’s stated goals, and commitment to advancing equitable and sustainable urban development. Final selections will be announced by late March.

Project Eligibility:

Proposed projects must meet the eligibility requirements below.(Please note that Fellows from the 2017-2018 school year are ineligible for the 2018-2019 school year.)

Partnership with an organization that serves as a community-based client for the project
The Taconic Fellowship supports projects that use a ground- up, community-based approach to tackling issues of urban sustainability and socioeconomic inequity. In order to help ensure this, projects must directly serve and relate to a community client’s existing program or initiative area.

Project must address one or more of the following areas of urban sustainability and/or socioeconomic equity:

  • Affordable housing preservation or development
  • Climate change / resiliency
  • Commercial corridor revitalization
  • Community design
  • Community history
  • Community organizing for action
  • Community planning
  • Economic development
  • Energy efficiency and the built environment
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Land use
  • Open space
  • Public art
  • Social architecture
  • Transportation planning / public transportation
  • Urban design

Intention to make a meaningful impact
Taconic-funded projects should strive to make a meaningful impact on the community and/or community-based client that they serve. While consciousness-raising is an important aspect of making broader societal change, Taconic projects should be outcome-oriented and endeavor to make more tangible change.

Based in New York City
Only projects based in New York City will be considered. As such, the community client must also be located within the five boroughs.

Evaluation Criteria:

A panel of reviewers from Pratt Center and Pratt Institute will evaluate proposed projects for their feasibility, capacity to meet the project’s stated goals, and commitment to the principlesof equity and sustainability. Specifically, reviewers will make decisions based on:

1)  Significance and relevance: Does the proposal address a problem or question in the arena of urban community development and/or urban sustainability and/ or socioeconomic inequity?

2)  Community impact: Will the project meaningfully impact a community and work towards a needed change? How?

3)  Capacity for success: What are the qualifications of the team of students and faculty? How are their interests and skills a good match for the project?

4)  Approach and method: Is the project proposal adequately developed for the purpose of the project and commensurate with the stated project goal? Does the proposal allow for adequate collaboration and communication with the community partner to ensure feasible outcomes?

To Apply:

All applications must be submitted through our online portal here.
A budget template can be found here for your convenience.

Learn more about the current and past fellowship projects here:

2017-2018 Projects

2016-2017 Projects

2015-2016 Projects

2014-2015 Projects

2013-2014 Projects