Ideas Marketplace



The goal of Fund for Public Housing's Ideas Marketplace is to provide a forum for sustainability initiatives, led by NYCHA residents and community organizations, to gain greater visibility and scale through connection with like-minded efforts across NYCHA communities. The Marketplace will enable skill-sharing; joint, multi-year philanthropic support; and greater reach and impact. 

Guiding Principles

  • Prioritize value creation for residents: uncover opportunities for residents, community-based organizations to collaborate, fundraise, and implement new ideas and projects.

  • Strive for innovative solutions: we recognize that tools and technology are always evolving to address previously intractable challenges. Ideas Marketplace seeks innovative and entrepreneurial ways to meet sustainability goals.

  • Build community beyond geographic boundaries: Ideas Marketplace strives to establish and strengthen alliances beyond the borders of NYCHA developments.

  • Minimize red tape: enable policies that don’t get in the way of residents' and community-based organizations’ pursuit of sustainability goals.

Ideas Marketplace would not be possible without ioby. ioby is a non-profit crowd-resourcing web platform for residents and community-led programs. In addition to ioby’s functionality to pool funding, the platform gives users the ability to organize many kinds of capital—social networks, in-kind donations, volunteer time, advocacy—from within the neighborhood, to make the neighborhood a better place to live.

Current Projects

Millbrook Gardens

Completed Projects

Door-to-Door Recycling Pilot

QB Compost Connection!

Ocean Bay Community Gardens


Submit Your Idea

Fill out the form below to tell us more about it. After you submit, we'll take a look and reach out to you with next steps.

Please note: If your idea includes a physical change to NYCHA gardens or grounds, the form below will ask you to complete and submit a NYCHA Gardens and Grounds Improvement Application. If your idea is to host an event on NYCHA property, the form below will ask you to submit a NYCHA Application for the Use of Space


Ideas Marketplace Application

Basic Information

About the NYCHA Resident Leader

About the Community-Based Partner Organization

About the Project

Give us a sense of the possible budget for your project. Your answer doesn't have to be exact, but a ballpark estimate of your costs will help us understand your fundraising needs.