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Hive Digital Media Learning Fund
in The New York Community Trust

The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund was established in 2010 to help New York City’s youth-serving nonprofits tap into the educational potential of digital media.

The Fund prioritizes support for organizations affiliated with the Hive NYC Learning Network (Hive NYC), a network of educators that work together to develop innovative, technology-rich after-school programs and learning tools. Hive NYC is housed in and managed by the Mozilla Foundation, and is independent of the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund and The New York Community Trust.

Hive NYC and its members are guided by the principles of connected learning, which means that they are dedicated to providing young people with equitable access to learning opportunities that are peer-supported, interest-driven, and academically oriented. Youth are able to create—as opposed to consume—original digital content, and share it with friends, family, and the public. In the process, they build important 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

To date, we have invested more than $8 million in strengthening the Network and seeding its members’ projects.

Current Donors

Altman Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Mozilla Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The New York Community Trust

Donor Briefings

To educate the broader field about the importance of digital media learning, the Fund regularly organizes briefings on topics such as coding, digital badges, and makerspaces. You can learn more about the issues raised during these discussions by reading our posts on Philanthropy New York’s PhilanthroPost blog, including:


Participants in Eyebeam’s “Playable Fashion” program learn to code and create computer games with wearable controllers. Photo credit: Erica Kermani 


Hive NYC Project Portfolio

Hive NYC's Project Portfolio includes lesson plans, how-to guides, work samples, and other documentation of Hive NYC members' projects. Please note that some, but not all, of these projects are supported by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund.


Hive Research Lab

Since 2013, with the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund’s support, a team of researchers affiliated with Indiana and New York Universities have studied and collaborated with Hive NYC as part of the Hive Research Lab. It regularly publishes reports and articles about the work of Hive NYC and its members, which are available for download at

Hive in the News

Fall 2015 Grants

Read our press release>>

  • With a grant of $100,000, Beam Center will provide technology-focused professional development to teachers-in-training.
  • With $100,000, DreamYard Project will increase the use of “digital learning portfolios,” which are websites or blogs featuring multi-media documentation of a young person’s learning process and accomplishments.
  • A grant of $81,600 will help Educational Video Center expand a media arts program that helps underserved high school students produce videos and websites exploring social issues.
  • With a $100,000 grant, Games for Change will present a series of daylong game design events that encourage youth to invent, adapt, and re-imagine the rules for different games.
  • $100,000 will allow Global Action Project train teens and educators to create media campaigns about social issues such as immigrants’ rights and school discipline reform
  • With $100,000, NYC Salt will teach digital photography and video production to teens affiliated with the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.
  • With a grant of $100,000, Reel Works will create web-based “digital badges,” and use them to assess and document the skills and achievements of youth participating in media arts programs.
  • A $54,000 grant will help Sheltering Arms teach teens in Far Rockaway and Jamaica, Queens, how to create, record, and edit digital music.
  • With $100,000, Tribeca Film Institute will help incarcerated and court-involved youth make films and other digital media.

Hive Grants Archive>>


A participant in WNYC's Radio Rookies program interviews his high school guidance counselor. With the Fund's support, Rookies is training educators from other nonprofits to teach students about multi-media journalism. Photo: Andrew Mambo


A grant from the Fund helped Carnegie Hall and Building Beats start an after-school digital music production program. Here, educator Reginald Sinkler (aka DJ P.U.D.G.E.) leads participants in a warm-up exercise. Photo credit: Winston Struye



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