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2/11/13 - $4.5M in grants to help protect Sandy workers, create disaster plan for elderly, give teen dads a chance, and more.

February 11, 2013
Contact: Amy Wolf
(212) 686 - 0010 x234 or

New York City’s Community Foundation Makes $4.5M in Grants

Grants help protect Sandy workers, create disaster plan for elderly NYers, give teen dads a chance, and fix up neighborhoods.

In addition to helping nonprofits help their communities rebuild after Superstorm Sandy and prepare for the next disaster, the 45 grants below deal with the shortage of affordable housing, dating violence, an overwhelmed housing court, and a changing health care system.

Rebuild Wisely and Plan for the Next Disaster

  • Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, $250,000 for a public-private housing and neighborhood recovery fund. | Battery Park, Bowling Green, Chelsea, East Village, Kips Bay, and the Lower East Side in Manhattan; Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gowanus, Manhattan Beach, Red Hook, and Sea Gate in Brooklyn; Arverne, Bayswater, Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, and the Rockaways in Queens; Bloomfield, Charleston, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Oakwood, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Totenville, and Travis-Chelsea in Staten Island
  • New York Academy of Medicine, $185,000 to develop a disaster preparedness and response plan for elderly New Yorkers. | Citywide
  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, $60,000 to protect Superstorm Sandy workers from hazardous conditions. | Citywide
  • Pratt Institute, $50,000 to manage a community planning process for Sandy-affected neighborhoods. | Citywide
  • Pro Bono Net, $120,000 to provide online legal resources for people harmed by Superstorm Sandy. | Regional

Housing, Services, and Financial Help

  • New York University, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, $40,000 to advocate for improvements in the City’s housing courts. | Citywide
  • Northwestern Queens Financial Education Network, $80,000 to coordinate a network of four financial education and counseling services for immigrant residents. | Northwestern Queens
  • Picture the Homeless, $40,000 for research and advocacy to move foreclosed and other vacant properties back on the market to house poor families and individuals. | Citywide
  • Pratt Area Community Council, $70,000 to provide financial education and counseling to public housing residents. | Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Prospect Heights, and Red Hook in Brooklyn
  • Union Settlement Association, $50,000 for projects in East Harlem that will screen and refer job seekers, create an online guide of local social services, and design an online business-to-business directory. | East Harlem, Manhattan

Help for Cancer Patients

  • Cancer Care, $800,000 for financial aid to needy cancer patients. | Citywide
  • God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to provide nutritious meals for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. | Citywide
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, $100,000 to help people with cancer get treatment. | Citywide

A Changing Health Care System

  • United Hospital Fund of New York, $150,000 to advise State officials developing a health insurance exchange. | Statewide
  • Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $75,000 to train young practicing physicians to advocate for health care reform. | Manhattan

The History of AIDS

  • New-York Historical Society, $50,000 for an exhibit and educational program about the first five years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. | Citywide

Care for the Elderly

  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, $100,000 to help a leading elder-serving agency  become a managed long-term care provider. | Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York, $100,000 to train home health aides to provide post-hospital rehabilitation services to chronically ill elders. | Citywide

A Better Future for Young New Yorkers

  • Day One, $60,000 to prevent teen dating violence by training and evaluating professionals in the field, and building a coalition to advocate for improved policies and services. | Citywide
  • Harlem Children’s Zone, $65,000 to bring sports, dance, fashion design, and swimming lessons to three of its after-school programs for youngsters living in the Abraham Lincoln and St. Nicholas housing projects. | Central Harlem
  • MFY Legal Services, $50,000 to expand legal advice and representation for grandparents and other relatives caring for abandoned children. | Citywide
  • Resilience Advocacy Project, $53,000 to improve policies and enforce laws that could help young fathers get an education, good jobs, and be a part of their children’s lives. | Citywide
  • Public Interest Projects, $200,000 to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 and increase funding for alternative–to-incarceration programs. | Statewide

Civic Affairs

  • Citizens Committee for New York City, $100,000 for 50 “Love Your Block” cash awards to volunteer groups that work with City agencies on neighborhood improvement projects. | Citywide
  • Community Voices Heard, $70,000 to coordinate a participatory budget project in eight City Council districts. | Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan
  • Graduate Center of the City University of New York, $25,000 to create a centralized source of online information about political districts and City, State, and federal elected officials. | Citywide

A Less Toxic Tomorrow

  • Blue Green Alliance Foundation, $75,000 to train union and business leaders to advocate for stronger state and federal chemical policies and to help workers identify safer alternatives to hazardous substances. | National
  • Center for Health, Environment and Justice, $60,000 to promote non-toxic building materials for major upcoming renovations in City schools. | Citywide
  • Multi-State Mercury Products Campaign, $75,000 to phase out mercury in consumer products. | National
  • New Partners for Community Revitalization, $50,000 to make sure that community groups have the know-how and funding to remediate local brownfields. | Citywide
  • Product Policy Institute, $100,000 to reduce packaging waste by making product manufacturers responsible for its disposal. | National

Urban Planning

  • Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, $100,000 for partnerships between public sustainability directors and local foundations throughout the country. | National
  • Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, $50,000 to ensure a community voice in the redesign of the Sheridan Expressway. | Hunts Point, Bronx

Young Immigrants and their Families

  • Center for Family Representation, $100,000 to provide legal and social services for immigrant families involved in child protective proceedings. | Queens
  • The Door – A Center of Alternatives, $50,000 to help undocumented immigrant youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and permanent residency. | Citywide

Stronger Nonprofits

  • EmcArts, $150,000 to strengthen arts service groups and help them be more effective. | Citywide
  • New York City Arts Coalition, $35,000 to hire a new coordinator as an arts advocacy group’s founder retires. | Chelsea, Manhattan
  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, $125,000 to support an awards program promoting excellence in nonprofit management. | Citywide
  • Urban Arts Partnership, $60,000 for a strategic alliance between Urban Arts Partnership and Manhattan New Music Project. | SoHo, Manhattan

Art Spaces

  • New York Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group, $50,000 to conduct and coordinate research and advocacy on naturally occurring cultural districts, places where artists can live and work together and promote their collective creativity. | Citywide
  • Opera America, $75,000 to promote a new rehearsal center for opera companies. | Garment District, Manhattan

Improved Learning In & Out of School

  • Center for Arts Education, $60,000 to ensure that City public school students receive a well-rounded education by including the arts. | Citywide
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, $80,000 to help principals in Brooklyn and the South Bronx improve the social and emotional skills of their staff and students. | Brooklyn, South Bronx
  • Fund for Public Schools, $175,000 to provide summer instruction and enrichment in several Bronx public schools. | Bronx

About The Trust

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has made it easy for New Yorkers to be philanthropists. Through our donors, we have built a permanent endowment to support the nonprofits that make our city a vital and secure place in which to live and work for all New Yorkers. With thousands of charitable funds set up by individuals, families, and businesses—and an expert staff—we help donors with their giving today and enable their generosity to continue after their lifetimes, supporting the causes they cared about and solving problems we can’t now imagine. In 2012, The Trust ended the year with $2.1 billion in assets and made grants of $137 million.




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