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5 Boroughs, 5 Results: A Sample of Grants with Local Impact

SENIORS: Painting, Dancing, and Studying in East Harlem

Carter Burden Center for the Aging
$53,000 | 2013

In 2013, the Carter Burden Center was awarded a contract from the City’s Department for the Aging to take over sponsorship of the Leonard Covello Senior Program on East 109th Street. A Trust grant helped the new management transform unused spaces into a computer lab and studios for art and dance. Seniors take Zumba, sing karaoke, and learn crafts. A redesigned dining hall serves sea bass and sancocho, a Latin American stew. It attracts 200 people for lunch. (Right: Shu-Yuan Chen, 75, comes to the center regularly to create dolls, quilts, and other crafts.) Photo by Amy Wolf / The Trust

EDUCATION: Teaching Artists to Teach

Staten Island Arts $140,000 | 2009-2011

Visiting artists expose public school students to weaving, papermaking, and theater. But Staten Island had few artists trained to visit classrooms. With our grant, Staten Island Arts started an institute that trains artists, then pairs them with schools and nonprofits. In the past three years, 78 artists participated, and 37 were hired as paid teaching artists, nearly doubling the number on the Island. (Above: A boy explores geometry concepts through sculpture.) Photo by Woodleywonderworks / Creative Commons

MEDIA: Covering the Bronx

City Limits $80,000 | 2012-2014

The Bronx News Network, a nonprofit site that tried to fill the borough’s news gap, was about to close in 2012. Trust funding allowed the urban affairs magazine City Limits to resuscitate the site. Now called the Bronx Bureau, it has reported on problems at the Department of Homeless Services, examined buildings on then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s Worst Landlords Watch List, and covered local elections ignored by other media. (Right: The Bureau uses a decrepit walkway to Jerome Slope Park in Highbridge to illustrate inequities in citywide parks funding.) Photo by Adi Talwar

ARTS: Bringing Sculpture to the Public in Long Island City, Queens

SculptureCenter $30,000 | 2012

Our grant was intended to raise ScultureCenter’s visibility, and it did. Attendance rose 22 percent. The Center also hosted 40 public events, including its first Long Island City Block Party.

HEALTHY FOOD: 94 Plots and Counting in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project $280,000 | 2008-2013

When The Trust, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Myrtle Avenue project teamed up six years ago to help seniors at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, bring healthy eating to their community, residents already had gardening gloves ready. In the Healthy Food, Healthy Communities project, local chefs show how to cook healthy meals, volunteers teach residents to use food stamps at the farmers market, and gardening plots burst with tomatoes, squash, collard greens, cucumbers, and flowers. The gardens so impressed the community, there’s a waiting list 40 people deep for a plot. (Above: A gardener from the Ingersoll Houses Garden of Eden displays her harvest.) Photo by Amy Wolf / The Trust

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