Be A Buddy: A Community-Based Climate Health Resiliency Pilot Project

DOHMH and FPHNY seeks to strengthen the capacity of New York City residents, communities, and the organizations that serve them to withstand extreme weather emergencies by increasing social cohesion, which will increase community resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to adverse health impacts of extreme weather. To this end, it is launching Be a Buddy NYC, a community-led preparedness model that promotes social cohesion. The initiative is a two-year pilot that will promote community resiliency to extreme heat and other weather emergencies in key heat-vulnerable communities in the South Bronx, Upper Manhattan, and Central Brooklyn. Local organizations, supported by DOHMH and FPHNY, will create an infrastructure that can disseminate extreme weather preparedness and safety messaging during non-emergency periods and, during emergency periods, activate and document check-ins to help those most at-risk for health impacts during extreme heat events.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued by the Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY), on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) to solicit proposals from qualified community- or faith-based organizations or service agencies located in the South Bronx (CD 1, 2 or 3), parts of Upper Manhattan (CD 9,10 or 11) and part of Central Brooklyn (CD 3, 4, 5 or 16) to work with the FPHNY and NYC DOHMH and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) in creating a system to build community resilience and improve recovery from extreme heat, coastal storms, power outages, and other weather emergencies in at-risk communities.

Interested community-based organizations must complete the Request for Proposals Application.

Extended Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

Please find the RFP Document, Application, and Budget Template Guidance here: 

Please find the Q&A Document here:

Important dates:

December 20, 2018: RFP is released

January 10, 2018: Questions regarding RFP due by 11:59PM to Zahra El Alami at

January 16, 2018: Answers to all RFP questions will be posted on this page.

February 21, 2018: RFP due by 11:59PM to

April 1, 2018: Contract begins

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