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10/16/13 - New York City’s Community Foundation Announces $6.5 Million in Grants to 81 Nonprofits.


David Marcus, (212) 889-3963,



New York City’s Community Foundation Announces $6.5 Million in Grants to 81 Nonprofits

October, 16, 2013, New York – With $6.5 million in grants to 81 nonprofit groups, The New York Community Trust backs a citywide wholesale farmers’ market; helps Bard professors teach imprisoned women; gives dozens of young artists a career boost; builds the Rockaways back stronger; and wires-up the Lower Eastside Girls Club’s new clubhouse. This is the biggest round of 2013 Trust grants.

  • Civitas Citizens, $55,000 to engage East Harlem and Upper East Side residents in waterfront development planning and advocacy. | East Side, Manhattan
  • Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition, $100,000 to help attract more funding for social programs to the area, and improve those already in place. | Far Rockaway and Arverne, Queens
  • Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, $100,000 to coordinate development of resilient waterfront design standards. | Region
  • Pratt Institute, $100,000 to help Sandy-affected neighborhoods analyze and respond to government rebuilding proposals and develop their own resiliency plans. | Far Rockaway, Queens; Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn
  • Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, $75,000 to help people make better money management and investment decisions, and offer cash incentives to those who complete this financial literacy course and set up savings accounts. | Far Rockaway, Queens
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, $50,000 to help complete the Jamaica Bay Greenway and make other transportation improvements. | The Rockaways, Queens
  • Safe Space, $250,000 to expand college preparation, job readiness, anger management, and conflict resolution classes for young people in larger, renovated facilities. | The Rockaways, Queens
  • Bard College, $150,000 to provide undergraduate courses, taught by Bard faculty, in women’s correctional facilities. The college will also advocate restoration of public funding for college-in-prison programs. | Statewide
  • Inwood House, $95,000 to train staff of child welfare agencies to counsel young mothers on mental and maternal health, and build their career and financial literacy. | Citywide
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, $50,000 to recruit and train disadvantaged young women from public housing developments and poor neighborhoods to open new businesses. | Citywide
  • Harlem RBI, $50,000 to expand a baseball and writing program that includes a sleep-away academic summer camp for high school freshmen and a one-week college residency program for juniors. | East Harlem, South Bronx
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute, $71,000 to provide homeless gay youth with housing, mental health, and addiction services. | Manhattan
  • Jumpstart for Young Children, $30,000 to recruit college students to read to kids in early childhood programs. | Bronx
  • Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, $50,000 to start a soccer and academic program for young immigrants. | Central Bronx
  • Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York, $30,000 to install internet and AV equipment in the organization’s new clubhouse. | Lower East Side, Manhattan
  • Mentoring in Medicine, $120,000 to help black and Latino college graduates apply to medical school and prepare for the MCATs. | Citywide
  • Public Allies, $75,000 for paid apprenticeships at nonprofits for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans and other young New Yorkers. | Citywide
  • Rocking the Boat, $50,000 to expand a career program in which Bronx high school and college students work along scientists on environmental projects, create resumes, and visit colleges with strong environmental programs. | Bronx
  • Brownsville Community Development Corporation, $20,000 to convert troubled young men into anti-violence mediators from the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, a recruiting ground for neighborhood gangs. | Brownsville, Brooklyn
  • Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $100,000 to coordinate and strengthen anti-gang violence efforts by helping neighborhood groups collect data on gang members and teach employers about tax incentives to employ formerly incarcerated youth. | Citywide
  • Fund for the City of New York, Center for Court Innovation, $35,000 to expand the Cure Violence program, which deploys staff to the street to keep minor conflicts from escalating in the Adams, St. Mary’s Park, and Moore houses. | South Bronx
  • New York City Housing Authority, $157,000 to coordinate gang-prevention efforts in public housing developments. | Citywide
  • American Lung Association, $75,000 to get the message out that stronger implementation of the Clean Air Act saves lives, prevents disease, and helps the economy. | National
  • League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, $75,000 to build grassroots support in key districts for regulatory action to address climate change. | National
  • Pace Law School, $50,000 to develop and promote renewable energy and efficiency programs in New York. | Statewide
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance, $75,000 to promote composting biodegradable household waste in multiple cities. | National
  • Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, $75,000 to train leaders who advocate for sustainable food and farming policies. | National
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, $100,000 to work with GrowNYC to establish a permanent wholesale farmers’ market at Hunts Point in the South Bronx. | Regional
  • Union of Concerned Scientists, $75,000 to build public and political support to advance healthy and sustainable food and farm policies. | National
  • Green Science Policy Institute, $75,000 to build legal, industrial, and academic support for removal of toxic-flame retardants from furniture, apparel, and other consumer products. | National
  • Healthy Building Network, $75,000 to reduce toxins in building materials by helping designers and builders to make informed decisions. | Citywide
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $50,000 to fight for the timely removal of toxic PCB-contaminated light fixtures in City schools. | Citywide
  • New York City Workforce Development Fund, $125,000 to train and place workers in health care jobs. | Citywide
  • Museum of the Moving Image, $87,000 to help this expanded museum hire its first marketing director. | Astoria, Queens
  • Queens Museum, $100,000 to prepare for the opening of QL@QM, the first public library branch in a fine arts museum in the nation. | Flushing, Queens
  • Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, $50,000 to market this theater as it relocates. | Bronx
  • Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, $23,000 to help talented women writers get published and market their writing. | West Village, Manhattan
  • The Civilians, $80,000 to hire a manager to help this theater, which specializes in using investigative journalism to create theater, self-produce its work and increase attendance. | Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • Design Trust for Public Space, $25,000 to better serve and connect community groups, urban planners, and design professionals with an updated website. | Citywide
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s, $60,000 to provide small musical groups with rehearsal and performance space. | Citywide
  • Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, $50,000 to help this Asian-American theater fill the seats of its new home on 42nd Street. | Citywide
  • Roulette Intermedium, $60,000 to broadcast experimental music and performance art programs on the web. | Brooklyn
  • Tectonic Theater Project, $100,000 to document and share this group’s theater-making method. | Citywide
  • Women’s Project and Productions, $54,000 to start a paid internship program at a theater dedicated to developing and producing new plays by and about women. | Clinton, Manhattan
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $60,000 for two-year fellowships for four Ailey II company dancers. | Clinton, Manhattan
  • American Composers Orchestra, $20,000 for fellowships for two composers. | Clinton, Manhattan
  • Asian American Writers’ Workshop, $90,000 for 24 one-year literary fellowships for Asian-American writers. | Chelsea, Manhattan
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, $80,000 for two-year fellowships for five emerging dancers. | Harlem, Manhattan
  • Flea Theater, $45,000 for a two-year fellowship for one theater designer and one director. | Tribeca, Manhattan
  • Lower East Side Printshop, $36,000 for one-year fellowships for six emerging printmakers. | Lower East Side, Manhattan
  • Repertorio Español, $90,000 for two-year fellowships for three aspiring Hispanic directors. | Kips Bay, Manhattan
  • Second Stage Theatre, $50,000 for two-year fellowships for two emerging directors. | Midtown Manhattan
  • Smack Mellon Studios, $90,000 for fellowships for nine visual artists. | Dumbo, Brooklyn
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, $90,000 for two-month residencies for 16 emerging artists. | Snug Harbor, Staten Island
  • Socrates Sculpture Park, $90,000 for one-year fellowships for six sculptors. | Astoria, Queens
  • Wave Hill, $90,000 for six one-year fellowships for visual artists. | Riverdale, Bronx
  • Kids Orbit, $100,000 to test a literacy program for Brooklyn girls in pre-kindergarten through third grade. | Brooklyn
  • Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, $25,000 to help Native-American students prepare for and apply to college. | Citywide
  • Public Policy Institute of New York State, $25,000 to create a statewide network of public high schools designed to prepare students for careers in health, technology, and engineering. | Statewide
  • Urban Assembly, $75,000 for a promising literacy program in six middle schools, emphasizing group work, dialogue, and teacher feedback. | Bronx, Brooklyn
  • Center for Popular Democracy, $60,000 to advocate for publicly funded legal representation for immigrants facing deportation. | Citywide
  • Legal Aid Society, $130,000 to expand and improve a single intake process for government benefits. | Citywide
  • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, $50,000 to help immigrant victims of domestic violence obtain legal status. | Manhattan and Bronx
  • Alpha Workshops, $78,000 to expand the revenue base of this organization that trains and employs people with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. | Citywide
  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $100,000 to study the effectiveness of chronic disease prevention policies during the Bloomberg Administration and make recommendations for the future. | Citywide
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, $130,000 for clinical trials on one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer. | Citywide
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, $75,000 to help the City’s only health center for gay and lesbian patients adapt to health care reform. | Citywide
  • Fund for Public Health in New York, $84,000 to study the experience of New Yorkers as they use the New York State health insurance exchange. | Citywide
  • Helen Keller International, $50,000 to bring the ChildSight vision screening program to Staten Island middle school and alternative high schools. | Staten Island
  • VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $300,000 to strengthen educational, health, social, and cultural services and offerings for blind and visually impaired young people. | Citywide
  • Adaptive Design Association, $120,000 to make adaptive equipment out of cardboard and other inexpensive materials for children with physical disabilities in the City’s special education schools. | Citywide
  • National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, $50,000 to expand support services for young people with craniofacial deformities and their families. | Citywide
  • Resources for Children with Special Needs, $80,000 to help students with speech and language problems use new technologies to succeed in school. | Citywide
  • Carter Burden Center for the Aging, $53,000 to improve services, programs, and attendance at the Leonard Covello Senior Center. | East Harlem
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels, $100,000 to continue a hand-delivered groceries and emergency food program for poor homebound elders. | Citywide
  • Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, $130,000 to evaluate newly established innovative senior centers through interviews and data analysis. | Citywide
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, $35,000 to help poor homebound elders, and their support network, transition into managed long-term care programs. | Citywide
  • Correctional Association of New York, $40,000 for a plan to help the group adapt to changes in the field, including juvenile justice reforms, and minority incarceration rates. | Statewide
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York, $435,000 to help 25 human services, community, and arts groups facing cuts in public funding diversify their revenues through fee-for-service programs and expanded donor bases. | Citywide
  • New Destiny Housing Corporation, $15,000 to strengthen a group that provides housing and social services to more than 400 families escaping domestic violence. | Citywide
  • New York Urban League, $37,000 to create a strategic plan to strengthen the City’s oldest civil rights and social service agencies. | Harlem
Please Contact Dave Marcus at (212) 889-3963 or to interview our staff experts, or for information on any of the grants.


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