2020 Census Self-Response Begins March 12! Keep an eye out for your mailed invitation to participate in the Census! Complete the questionnaire online, by phone or by mail from March 12 to April 30, 2020.
“Whether Bronxites and New Yorkers know it or not the census count has a huge effect on what happens in our everyday lives. If we are not counted, our quality of life and our access to necessary services will undoubtedly be diminished. We need to make sure that every corner of this borough is counted.” -Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
The Census is a decennial count of every person living in the United States. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and participation is required by the law.
Why we need a complete count: The 2020 Census results will be used to determine how and where government resources will be allocated for the next ten years.
- Federal funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools and roads is determined by Census data.
- Federal programs such as Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance receive funding based on Census data.
The results will also be used to decide the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is happy to announce the #BronxCounts Challenge! This is an online, borough-wide creative arts competition calling on Bronx middle or high school students to submit an original song, rap, spoken word, dance performance or artwork, which educates and encourages their neighbors to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census count. The top 3 submissions with the most likes will be considered winners and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. may also use the 1st Place winner’s entry for official promotion of the 2020 Census!
A flyer with the complete rules can also be viewed at: https://on.nyc.gov/2OHEVdU
April 1: National Census Day in The Bronx
National Census Day is quickly approaching so now is the time to organize! April 1, 2020 is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the Census and encouraging community members to self-respond. National Census Day is celebrated with events across the country. April 1 is also a key date for Census completion. When completing the questionnaire, you are meant to include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020.
In order to maximize awareness of the Census, we encourage YOU to organize an April 1 Event. You could: hold a Census 101 Session to educate people about the Census; invite community members to use your organization’s computers or tablets to complete the Census; arrange transportation for senior citizens to complete the Census at their local New York Public Library; etc.
Please complete our Census Day Activities Form and email it to email@example.com to let us know about your event. We will promote your National Census Day Activities on our website and through our social media. The Borough President will be attending a few select events!
Learn About Your Council District!
The nonprofit Hester Street has come out with an amazing resource to help you Get Out The Count in your district. Their 2020 Census Council District Profiles include invaluable information about Hard-to-Count populations and areas, race and ethnicity, top spoken languages, internet access, and much more! Follow this link to access your council district’s profile: http://bit.ly/CensusAssetMaps
Dear Bronx Complete Count Committee Members:
As you may be aware New York State has recently released their application and guidelines to receive Census outreach funding. Borough President Diaz is looking for Bronx partners to distribute this funding to in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
In order for your organization to be considered eligible to receive this funding there are two (2) steps which require your immediate attention:
- Letter of Interest: The Office of the Borough President is requesting that any qualified non-profit interested in applying for these funds send a letter of interest to the Office of the Bronx Borough President, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 14th. (See additional details below)
- Pre-qualify with New York State (ASAP): All not-for-profits (NFPs) interested in receiving funds for census efforts from the counties and select cities to work on census outreach for hard-to-reach communities, must be pre-qualified prior to partnering with any county. The pre-qualification process entails each NFP submitting an application through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). For additional details visit: https://www.ny.gov/2020-census/census-2020-complete-count-outreach-grants-not-profits
Letter of Interest to the Bronx Borough President’s Office should include:
- the types of activities your organization intends to conduct,
- the Hard To Count (HTC) community/s you intend to target,
- and your estimated budget (requests cannot exceed 20% of 2020 operating budget)
Fundable Activities include:
- community outreach and activities to increase 2020 Census participation.
- distribution of literature
- door-to-door conversations
- conducting informational sessions about the Census and process
- conducting special events and census mobilizing
- development of digital media capped at 5% of the budget
- interpretation and translation of services
- implementation of developed targeted media campaigns
- informational kiosks and presentations
- development of outreach materials (brochures, fliers, newsletters, and other targeted advertising such as billboards and other outlets with broad reach)
- purchase of goods and services that directly support eligible budget activities
- purchase of consumable electronics limited up to $500 per item and not to exceed $2,500 in aggregate
Expenditures not allowed include:
- purchase, lease, or rental of any equipment or operational software
- political or electoral activities of any kind
- acquisition of voter registration data, voter profiles or similar programs or data commonly used in political campaigns
- awards of cash, gift cards, trophies or the like
- purchase, lease, and/or rental of: computers, mobile computing devices such as iPad, tablets etc., cellular telephones and related devices that exceeed $500 per
- item and are more than $2,500 in aggregate
- audit services
- acquisition, construction, or renovation of buildings or other real estate
- religious activity
- expenses incurred prior to March 10, 2020 or ESD Award letter date, whichever sooner
- cost of organized fundraising
- interest, taxes and penalties
- overhead expenses
- any other cost incurred in violation of the terms of the Grant Disbursement Agreement as defined in the agreement.
Good luck and thank you. We look forward to our continued partnership making sure that the Bronx counts!
Bronx 2020 Census Complete Count Committee
- February 21, 2020: Community Create-a-thon, Lincoln Center
- February 26, 2020: Bronx Complete Count Committee Census Conference, Hostos Community College
- February 28, 2020: Census 2020 Ambassador Training, Rubenstein 825 Eighth Avenue
- March 9, 2020: Census Community Forum, Castle Hill YMCA
- March 10, 2020: Behavioral Design for Census Outreach Workshop, FPWA Conference Center
- March 12, 2020: “The 2020 Count Begins Today!” Forum, Lincoln Medical Center
- African Advisory Council
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Eta Omega Omega Chapter
- Arab American Family Support Center
- Association for a Better New York
- Bangladeshi-American Community Council
- Bronx Chamber of Commerce
- Bronx Charter School for the Arts
- Bronx Community College
- Bronx Clergy Task Force
- Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
- Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos Community College
- Children’s Aid
- Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
- City Island Rising, Inc.
- Communications Workers of America, Local 1180
- Community Board 1
- Community Board 4
- Community Board 6
- Community Board 7
- Community Board 12
- Community Education Council, District 9
- CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
- Department of Youth & Community Development
- Diaspora For Puerto Rico
- District Council 37
- Dominicanos USA
- Emerald Isle Immigration Center
- Every Day is a Miracle
- Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church
- Fordham Manor Church
- Garifuna Church of the Bronx
- G & B Foundations
- Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
- Garifuna Community Services
- Health People
- Hispanic Federation
- Hostos Community College
- International Youth Fellowship
- Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
- LIFT – New York
- MBD Community Housing Corporation
- MHHC Boards
- Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
- Montefiore Health System
- Morrisania Revitalization Corp
- Mujumder Foundation
- NAACP Bronx Branch
- NAACP Co-op City Branch
- NAACP NYCHA Branch
- NAACP Parkchester Branch
- NAACP Williamsbridge Branch
- NALEO Educational Fund
- National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Co-op City Section
- NCNW – North Bronx Section
- Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation
- New York Botanical Garden
- New York Mennonite Immigration Program
- New York Public Library
- Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
- Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
- NYC Central Labor Council
- NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
- NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
- Parent Action Committee – AAC
- Phipps Neighborhoods
- R.A.I.N., Inc.
- Retirees Association of District Council 37
- Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District
- The Point Community Development Corp
- The Woman’s Organization Hope & Peace
- Violence Intervention Program
- We Count, Inc.
- Weiga Lets Eats
- Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation
- YMCA of Greater New York
- Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice