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February 2013

Emergency Grants for Sandy Relief

(Above) New York Cares held a feast prepared by award-winning New Orleans chefs at Middle School 53Q in Far Rockaway. More than 50 volunteers made the day special for residents by serving food and providing holiday cheer. Photo: Josh Winata, New York Cares

(Below) Though most of its Rockaway branches were severely flooded, Queens Library’s buses provided a place for families to take refuge from the cold. Outside the mobile library, volunteers and library staff distributed supplies and grilled hamburgers.

Within hours of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, many of New York City’s nonprofits mobilized, organizing and distributing donations; dispatching volunteers; and helping people find food and shelter and apply for FEMA assistance. Libraries, advocacy groups, community development organizations, and others worked around the clock, supplementing the work of the City’s first responders.

We weren’t surprised that Trust donors also responded immediately, contributing $500,000 in two weeks. In short order, we made $500,000 in emergency grants to help groups providing disaster relief. They are listed below.

The Trust’s Hurricane Sandy Fund is accepting donations and we will continue to make grants to help the City's communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare them for future disasters.

  • Astella Development Corporation, $15,000, Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, $15,000, Citywide
  • Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), $15,000, Lower East Side, Manhattan
  • Community Health Action of Staten Island, $20,000, New Dorp Beach, South Beach, and Midland Beach
  • City Harvest, $35,000, Citywide
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels, $15,000, Citywide
  • Food Bank for New York City, $35,000, Citywide
  • Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), $10,000, Lower East Side, Manhattan
  • Heritage Preservation, $15,000, Citywide
  • Institute for Community Living, $13,000, Long Island City, Queens
  • Mental Health Association of New York City, $15,000, Citywide
  • Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, $40,000, Rockaways, Queens; Staten Island; Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • New York Cares, $15,000, Citywide
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, $25,000, Rockaways, Queens
  • Project Hospitality/El Centro del Inmigrante, $50,000, Staten Island
  • Queens Library Foundation, $32,000, Rockaways, Queens
  • Red Hook Initiative, $30,000, Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, $15,000, Rockaways, Queens
  • Salvation Army, $30,000, Rockaways, Queens; Staten Island
  • United Neighborhood Houses, $60,000, Lower Manhattan

$1 Million for City Loan Program

The Trust also contributed $1 million to the NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program to give interest-free loans ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Priority is being given to organizations that have suffered the most severe losses and/or are operating in the most devastated areas. The loans will be made against expected claims filed with the nonprofits’ insurance firms, payout from FEMA, contracts, and grants.

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