Partnerships Lab

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A collaborative process of mentorship and engagement for organizations and agencies that care for parks and public spaces.

The Institute developed and launched the Partnerships Lab, our capacity building initiative, in spring 2019. Through an annual application, we identify and engage in a collaborative nine-month organizational mentorship with nonprofit organizations and agencies in New York City and across the country.

2021 Partnerships Lab Participants

Centennial Park Conservancy logo Denver Park Trust logo Downtown Detroit Partnership logo
Friends of Governors Island logo Hudson River Park Friends logo
Marine Park Alliance logo Neighbor Space logo

The application period for the 2021 Partnerships Lab is now closed. Please visit this site in November 2021 to apply for the 2022 Partnerships Lab.

To learn more about the Partnerships Lab, the process, and the application, please view a recording of our informational webinar.

Questions? please contact Grey Elam, Director of NYC Programs, [email protected] or Sarah Tracy, Director of National Programs, [email protected].

“The Partnerships Lab helped us step outside ourselves and see from a national perspective…it gave us the wind in our sails, the right kind of push we needed at the right moment.”

Meagan Elliott, Chief Parks Planner, City of Detroit Parks & Recreation

“The Institute team provided invaluable guidance on present-day challenges and worked with VCPA to develop and implement a roadmap for the future. I am ever grateful.”

Stephanie Ehrlich, Executive Director, Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Park Administrator, NYC Parks

Past Partnerships Lab participants include: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Balboa Park Conservancy, City of Detroit Parks & Recreation, Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation, Forest Park Conservancy, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Parks & People Foundation, and Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.