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10/22/12 - October Grants Announced: $5.7 Million for 77 Nonprofits

Contact: Amy Wolf, Communications Officer
909 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(212) 686-0010 x234 | aw@nyct-cfi.org |
@nycommtrust

Fall Grants Help Struggling Nonprofits, Provide Art Fellowships for Youth, Address the Cycle of Hospital Readmissions, Lengthen the School Day, and More.


New York, October 22—The New York Community Trust recently made 77 grants totaling $5.7 million to New York City organizations. Contact Amy Wolf at (212) 686-0010 x234 to find out more about the grants below or to interview our staff about them.

POVERTY: ADDRESSING THE CAUSES, TREATING THE SYMPTOMS

Brooklyn Housing and Family Services, $50,000 to provide multi-lingual counseling and legal help to families at risk of losing their homes.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, $75,000 to help the agency improve human services provided at its satellite offices in poor Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods.
Center for Economic Opportunity, $50,000 to help families move toward economic self-sufficiency by expanding a conditional cash transfer and social service program in the Bronx.
City Harvest, $80,000 to increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in poor communities.
Financial Clinic, $90,000 for advocacy to help low-wage workers paid primarily in cash get earned income tax credits.
New York City Workforce Development Fund, $125,000 for joint grantmaking in workforce development.
New York Lawhelp Consortium, $50,000 to help poor New Yorkers get online legal help via mobile phone, develop its online tutorials, and expand its offerings in Spanish.
Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement, $60,000 to help unemployed, older minority women get back into the job market.

YOUNG WOMEN & YOUNG MOTHERS

Fund for Public Health in New York, $105,000 to promote a program that reduces teen pregnancy and improves the sexual health of teens in the South Bronx.
Inwood House, $275,000 to make child welfare agencies more responsive to the needs of young mothers.

ADOPTING CHILDREN INTO JEWISH HOMES

The Helen F. and Alfred S. Meyer Fund was set up in The Trust to help Jewish groups care for orphaned children. The following grants fulfill the charitable wishes of the founder:
Jewish Child Care Association of New York, $38,000 to help Jewish families raise adopted children.
Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, $40,000 to facilitate the adoption of Jewish children in foster care.

BRICKS AND MORTAR

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, $150,000 to help community development corporations strengthen their operations, improve their governance, and manage their real estate portfolios.
Pratt Institute, Center for Community Development, $40,000 to standardize energy retrofits in one-to-four family homes.
Weeksville Heritage Center, $30,000 to plan a publicity campaign for an expanding historic African-American site in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, $25,000 to organize volunteers in trail and forest restoration programs at this 1,100 acre Bronx park.
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, $40,000 to advance effective waterfront land use for the City, including the connection of greenways, improving ferry service, and developing design guidelines for waterfront access.
New York Botanical Garden, $30,000 to teach residents how to grow organic fruits and vegetables in community gardens citywide.

BEYOND CITY LIMITS

Earthworks, $74,000 to ensure adequate environmental safeguards for hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale region.
One Region Fund, $200,000 for a collaborative fund focused on transportation issues in the tri-state region.
Regional Plan Association, $75,000 for a comprehensive long-term plan for the tri-state region.

SMART, STRONG, SOLVENT NONPROFITS

Community Resource Exchange, $120,000 to help clusters of nonprofits located in impoverished Far Rockaway, Queens and Highbridge in the Bronx.
Fiscal Policy Institute, $47,000 to help the nonprofit sector understand the City and State budget process.
Lawyers Alliance for New York, $400,000 to provide management assistance to major nonprofits dealing with public funding cuts.
Nonprofit Finance Fund, $200,000 to create a financial rescue initiative for New York City human service organizations.
United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $120,000 to help settlement houses build stronger, more effective youth programs through partnerships.

ARTS FELLOWSHIPS FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

In 1988, Sally Van Lier left her estate to The Trust to provide young aspiring artists of limited means with educational assistance and training to foster their talents. Every year since, The Trust has carried out her charitable legacy, providing fellowships to dozens of young aspiring dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, actors, and playwrights. This year, the grants went to pre-college programs.
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20,000 for four Brooklyn teens to participate in two-year music fellowships.
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, $60,000 to provide two-year design fellowships for six high school students.
  • Dancewave, $56,000 to provide two-year dance fellowships for five high school students.
  • El Puente de Williamsburg, $60,000 for two-year multidisciplinary fellowships that will provide three Brooklyn teens with dance, drama, music, or visual arts instruction and a $3,000 annual stipend.
  • Ghetto Film School, $60,000 to provide 16 students with 15-month media arts fellowships.
  • Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, $60,000 for six fellowships in ballet, modern, and African dance.
  • Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, $60,000 for three three-year music fellowships.
  • Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, $60,000 for music fellowships for three Staten Island teens.
  • Multicultural Music Group, $19,000 to provide two three-year fellowships to Bronx musicians.
  • National Dance Institute, $45,000 to provide four students with two-year dance fellowships.
  • Queens Council on the Arts, $60,000 for 30 visual arts fellowships.
  • Rosie’s Theater Kids, $60,000 for four musical theater fellowships.
  • School of American Ballet, $60,000 for three dance fellowships for five boys.
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City, $60,000 for six two-year music fellowships.

IMPROVING ARTS EDUCATION FOR NEEDY KIDS

The following grants will bring arts education to 54 under-performing elementary, middle, and high schools that enroll many students from low-income families.
  • Brooklyn Arts Council, $75,000 to provide folk arts instruction in five Bushwick elementary schools.
  • Education Through Music, $90,000 to provide music instruction at nine Bronx elementary and middle schools.
  • Museum of Arts and Design, $60,000 to give suspended students in alternative learning centers arts instruction.
  • Teachers and Writers Collaborative, $100,000 to provide creative writing instruction that ties in with social studies and science curricula at 13 middle schools across the City.
  • Visual Understanding in Education, $75,000 to train teachers in 17 schools citywide to use art to teach critical thinking skills.

STRENGTHENING ARTS GROUPS

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, $50,000 to develop a plan for small- and mid-sized theaters to share back-office services.
Arts and Culture Research Fund, $50,000 to establish a fund for research on City and State arts groups that will use information collected through the Cultural Data Project.
Dance/USA, $30,000 to spin off the Dance/NYC program to create a stronger service organization for the City’s small dance groups.

STAYING IN SCHOOL

Advocates for Children of New York, $75,000 to advocate for reducing school suspensions throughout the City and help individual students avoid suspension.
After-School Corporation, $80,000 to use a longer school day to help students in five City schools meet national standards.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, $25,000 to prepare Native American high school students for success in college.

HELPING TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, $80,000 to help this organization apply for a license to open the City’s first mental health clinic for court-involved youth.
Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $90,000 to coordinate and strengthen anti-gang violence activities across the City.
Outreach Project, $110,000 to improve mental health and other outpatient services for young people being discharged from residential drug treatment programs in Brooklyn and Queens.

CULTIVATING YOUNG MINDS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, $50,000 to recruit volunteers to mentor youth in the Bronx.
Graduate Center, CUNY, $65,000 to continue a program for newly arrived immigrant high school students who are illiterate in their native languages.
GrowNYC, $30,000 to create gardens at New York City public schools.
New York Academy of Sciences, $65,000 to expand a program that uses trained graduate students to teach science courses in after-school programs.
Urban Assembly, $75,000 to start a promising literacy program in six middle schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

EXPLORING NEW WAYS TO STOP BLOOD CLOTS AND PARKINSON’S

Hospital for Special Surgery, $70,000 to study the efficacy of preventing blood clots in patients with asymptomatic autoimmune diseases.
New York Stem Cell Foundation, $76,000 to create stem cells with the potential to treat Parkinson’s and heart disease.

HEALTH SYSTEMS AND POLICY

Medicaid Matters New York, $50,000 to bring a consumer voice to Medicaid reform debates.
NYCRx, $50,000 to study medication adherence in patients with diabetes in central Harlem.
Primary Care Development Corporation, $100,000 to evaluate care currently provided at community health centers and test new models of primary health care and provider reimbursement.


PREVENTING HOSPITAL READMISSIONS OF HEART PATIENTS

Brooklyn Hospital Center, $50,000; New York Methodist Hospital, $50,000; St. Barnabas Hospital, $50,000; and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, $50,000 to help hospital staff and patients reduce hospital readmissions due to heart disease.

HELPING PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Amida Care, $100,000 to improve the care of people with AIDS who also have other chronic diseases, mental illness, use drugs, or are homeless.
Art Education for the Blind, $65,000 to help the City’s cultural institutions become more accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
Carter Burden Center for the Aging, $43,000 for an intergenerational program in which developmentally disabled youth help elders.
Long Term Care Community Coalition, $38,000 to monitor inclusion of nursing homes in the New York State Medicaid managed long-term care program.
New York City AIDS Fund, $50,000 for continued support for this collaborative fund that supports AIDS programs citywide.
Resources for Children with Special Needs, $100,000 to upgrade technology at the City’s leading source of information for parents of disabled children.
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, $75,000 to improve the training of nurses and aides caring for frail elders.
Service Program for Older People, $50,000 to add an electronic medical record system to a mental health agency serving poor and homebound elders.
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $50,000 to complete an upgrade to New York’s information and referral hotline system for blind and visually impaired people.

About The New York Community Trust

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of the New York metropolitan area, an aggregate of 2,000 funds created by charitable individuals, families, and corporations to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents. Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human rights. In 2011, The Trust made grants of $137 million from assets of $2 billion.

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