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2/10/16 - The New York Community Trust gives $7.9 million to 46 nonprofits across the City and nationally

Amy Wolf (212) 686-0010 x234,
David Marcus (212) 686-0010 x224,

New York (February 10, 2016)
– The New York Community Trust, the City’s community foundation, has approved $7.9 million in grants for dozens of projects to make life better for all New Yorkers. For example, one nonprofit will get money to turn open spaces in public housing developments into farms, and train residents to run them. In Queens, Mandarin- and Spanish-speaking immigrant entrepreneurs will take free English classes focused on business. Another group will standardize and document a successful suicide-prevention program for Latina teens, so it can be replicated. And, thanks to The Trust, the Redford Center in San Francisco will help develop new documentary films about environmental issues. More highlights: 


Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, $200,000 to reform New York’s juvenile justice system by increasing the State's age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

Comunilife, $100,000
to document and standardize a suicide-prevention program for Latina teens so it can be replicated.

Council on Social Work Education, $45,000 to help social workers address the economic stability of clients using a new curriculum for social work schools, webinars for faculty, and an online clearinghouse of information.

Forestdale, Inc., $100,000 to support healthy relationships between caregivers and children. Coaches videotape caregiver-child interactions, watch the recordings with the caregivers, and provide feedback on how to be more nurturing or helpful. 

Green City Force, $750,000 to start five farms at New York City public housing developments to grow healthy produce while training unemployed young residents to run the farms and connect to other educational and job opportunities. 

Hunter College of CUNY, Silberman School of Social Work, $360,000 to help workers at the City’s Human Resources Administration better serve people in need.

National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) $1,000,000 for scholarships for social work students in health care.

Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO), $100,000 to help individuals moving from public cash assistance succeed in new jobs by helping them deal with child care, housing instability, and other barriers to employment.

University at Albany SUNY, School of Social Welfare, $150,000 to help social work professionals understand and address the problem of homelessness.

Youth Communication, $50,000 to support a new curriculum and develop staff that focus on helping marginalized girls and young women write and publish autobiographical stories—and develop skills to succeed. 


Change Capital Fund, $100,000 to help five community groups expand beyond traditional housing development and carry out new strategies to reduce poverty and track results.

Civitas Citizens, $55,000 to encourage East Harlem and Upper East Side residents to plan and push for improvements along the East River Esplanade from 60th to 125th Street.

Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange, $60,000 to support the growth of Brooklyn specialty food manufacturers, and their recruitment and training of workers. 

Fiscal Policy Institute, $125,000 to advocate for better wages and employment practices for all City-contracted social sector workers.

Minkwon Center for Community Action, $100,000 to encourage Asian-American New Yorkers to vote.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, $150,000 to support the 10th year of The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Queens Economic Development Corporation, $50,000 for an English-language skills program focused on business for Mandarin- and Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in Queens. 


Ceres, $100,000 to educate the insurance industry and the investor community about climate change and how to respond to it. 

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, $100,000 to increase access to energy-efficiency financing by rural electric cooperatives.

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, $100,000 to help municipal sustainability directors connect to and get funding from local community foundations.

Green Schools Alliance, $100,000 to promote energy and water conservation upgrades, green roofs, recycling, and reducing waste in City schools.  


Artspace, $150,000 to plan for the development of space for musicians to live and work in Harlem.

Bronx Museum of the Arts, $50,000 to provide free workspace at 80 White Street, in downtown Manhattan, for its Artists in the Marketplace participants.

New York City Cultural Agenda Fund, $200,000 for a funder collaborative that strengthens arts advocacy, and cultural policy and equity in New York City. 

New York Landmarks Conservancy, $100,000 for emergency repairs of historic buildings owned by nonprofit organizations.

Queens College, CUNY, Kupferberg Center, $50,000 to pair underused spaces on 13 CUNY campuses with dance groups in need of high-quality, affordable practice space.

Redford Center in San Francisco, $350,000 for its new grant program to support development of environmental short and feature-length films.

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, $60,000 to start a space rental program at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a 25,000-square-foot building in the Foxhurst section of the South Bronx.  


Donors’ Education Collaborative, $125,000 for a joint foundation effort to support improving New York City schools.

New York University, $570,000 to expand a proven early reading program to dozens of prekindergarten-through-second grade classes in 12 public schools in Bronx Community District 7.

NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, $170,000 to advocate for quality and well-rounded education for all students in the City’s 130 community schools.  Community schools work with nonprofits to provide social, health, and academic help for kids from low-income families. 


Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, $100,000 to support its work with SAGE and the LGBT Community Center to provide coordinated services for gay, lesbian, and transgender patients.

Helen Keller International, $120,000 to expand a vision-screening program for middle school and alternative high school students to homeless kids in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Weill Cornell Medicine, $150,000 to include more women in clinical trials in the City’s first center for those with triple negative breast cancer, which is very hard to treat.


Cancer Care, $700,000 to help needy cancer patients pay for transportation, child care, pain medications, premiums, and co-payments.
God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to deliver frozen meals tailored to specific dietary requirements of cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, $100,000 to help documented and undocumented immigrant adults and children get cancer treatment.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $100,000 to help undocumented immigrants being treated for serious illnesses apply for immigration benefits and Medicaid to improve treatment options and mental health.

New York Legal Assistance Group, $100,000 to help people with cancer get treatment.


Long Term Care Community Coalition, $45,000 to monitor the quality of care by nursing homes in the New York State Medicaid managed long-term care program.

Selfhelp Community Services, $150,000
to evaluate and expand a virtual senior center for homebound elders.

Vera Institute of Justice, $100,000 to help New York find a way to meet the growing demand for guardianship for elderly and disabled people who are no longer able to make decisions and live on their own.


Coordinated Behavioral Care, $150,000 to coordinate care for people with medical, mental health, and substance-abuse problems.

Lawyers Alliance for New York, $150,000 to help behavioral health agencies transition to managed care.


American Civil Liberties Union, $68,000 to raise awareness about government surveillance.

GallopNYC, $65,000 for medical care for therapeutic riding horses that have been rescued, retired, or abandoned. 

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and its suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports effective nonprofits that help make the City a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2015 with assets of nearly $2.5 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $165 million. The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at

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