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Grants Getting Results | 2008-2009


Sanctuary for Families Wins Sanctuary from Family

For years, Fareeda had concealed her abuse for fear that revealing it would get her family deported. But with deportation inevitable, and a death threat looming over her, she finally came forward about the abuse to a counselor at the shelter. Sanctuary for Families was called right away >>


Winning Funding for Public Schools

In 1993, The Trust made its first grant to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity to challenge the State funding formula for education that has historically shortchanged City students. After 15 years, and $3.1 million in grants, The Trust helped win a lawsuit that promises billions for City schools.

Protecting New Yorkers from Colon Cancer and STDs

The Trust funded two pilot projects—a Chlamydia education and testing program in high schools, and a patient navigator program to help black and Latino New Yorkers get colonoscopies. Both were very successful in catalyzing public funding for these screening and prevention programs >>

   Colonoscopy Chart

Early Grants Ease Hardship for New Yorkers

The Trust made $8 million in grants to 12 City nonprofits in February and March of 2009 to help needy New Yorkers who are being devastated by the recession. We’re impressed with what they’ve already accomplished—and they aren’t done yet >>

   Senior at a Settlement House

A Van Lier Fellow in 1993, a Pulitzer Winner in 2009

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Lynn Nottage is an inspiration to playwrights everywhere. But in 1993, long before receiving this honor, she received a New York Community Trust Van Lier fellowship with New Dramatists, an organization that helps playwrights develop their work >>
   Lynn Nottage

One El of a Park

With a grant of $35,000 from The Trust in 2003, Friends of the High Line was able to hire a fundraiser to help attract public money for the High Line, resulting in commitments of $74 million in City and federal funding >>

   Wolfie Langway on the High Line

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat to the Arts

To help Lincoln Center stay true to its mission, The Trust has made three grants since 2005 totaling $275,000 that have helped plan a discount ticket center and other projects that will welcome diverse audiences onto the campus and into theaters >>
   Lincoln Center Visitors Space

Winning Healthier Housing

Grants made from unrestricted funds left by generous donors resulted in tougher City regulations that require landlords to fix unsafe and unhealthy housing >>


Protecting Our Drinking Water

Our city has some of the purist drinking water in the country, and The Trust has worked for decades to protect this natural resource that is at constant risk of contamination >>



Opening Access to the Bronx River

The Bronx River, the City's only freshwater river is beautiful, but, until recently, was just too hard to get to. With support from The Trust, a coalition of more than 70 community groups and government agencies, came together to open the river to Bronx residents >>


Helping Community Gardens Thrive

The Trust has preserved many City community gardens by helping the land trusts that manage them to become self-sufficient >>


Growing Through Rowing in Queens

With Trust support since 2003, Row New York has helped hundreds of girls learn to row, improve their grades, and see college as a real possibility >>


Guns and Violence: A Teen's View in a Bed-Stuy Documentary

Terrence Fisher, a 19-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant teenager, wanted to show how guns were destroying his neighborhood. So, with guidance and assistance from Pro-TV, a project of the Downtown Community Television Center he was enrolled in to learn media arts, he began a documentary in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn about gun violence and culture.

  Bed-Stuy Documentary

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