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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 $7.2 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, Carnegie Hall will help teens across the City use digital media to compose, produce, and share music.
  • With $50,000, Code/Interactive will teach young people in the South Bronx how to design and promote digital and web-based projects that address critical social issues.
  • A grant of $73,000 will let Grand Street Settlement adapt “gadgITERATION”—a program created by Parsons The New School for Design that gets youth to make creative projects using electronic circuitry, recycled toys, and other materials—and implement it at seven sites in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.
  • With $100,000, Iridescent will start an after-school program that gets teens and their families to tackle real-world challenges in engineering and science.  
  • The Knowledge House is using $20,000 to take South Bronx middle school students on trips to media and technology organizations across the City; engage them in technology-driven projects; and introduce them to professionals working in film, computer science, and other fields.
  • A $20,000 grant to the Lower Eastside Girls Club will get teen girls coding and sharing their work on GitHub, a social network for software developers.  
  • With a grant of $100,000, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will bring two projects—Eyebeam’s “Rap Research Lab,” which engages participants in research on rap and hip-hop; and Global Action Project’s “Media History Timeline,” which gets teens to explore the relationship between media, social justice, and public policy—to 10 City parks.
  • New York Public Radio is using $100,000 to train educators from the Police Athletic League and Global Kids to teach young people about journalism and multi-media storytelling.
  • The Partnership for After School Education is using a grant of $17,500 to help Hive NYC members prepare to spread and scale their digital media projects, and serve more local teens and educators.
  • With $25,000, the Police Athletic League will replicate the New York Hall of Science’s “Collect, Construct, Change” program at two of its Bronx facilities, allowing more teens to use tablets and smartphones to gather and study data about urban pollution.  
  • With a grant of $19,900, Wagner College will train Staten Island teachers and teachers-in-training to help special needs youth create podcasts and digital animations.
  • A $250,000 grant will allow the YMCA of Greater New York to develop a digital app for the “Y-MVP Teen Fitness Challenge,” which gets teens to exercise by using digital badges to recognize and reward the completion of weekly fitness missions, like biking, swimming, or using free weights.

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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