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10/14/11 - Groups Get $5.6 Million in Competitive Grants from Trust

Contact: Amy Wolf, Communications Officer
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10/14/11, New YorkThe following grants were approved by the board of The Trust in early October.  Please contact Amy Wolf for further information about each grant.


  • Areas Served by Grants

    M – Manhattan
    SI—Staten Island
    R—State or Tri-State Region
    Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation, $100,000 for a program already in place at Hostos, LaGuardia, Queensborough, and Kingsborough, that helps community college students graduate through tutoring, counseling, career services, and financial aid. | M – Tribeca
  • Community Health Action of Staten Island, $60,000 for a reproductive health clinic for young women on Staten Island. | SI
  • New York City Housing Authority, $140,500, to expand a literacy program, including field trips to literary events and readings by female and minority writers, for 4th to 6th-grade girls in 11 public housing projects. | Bk – Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, East New York
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women, $30,000 to advocate for policies that address cultural differences among domestic violence victims. | C
  • Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), $66,000 to expand mental health and legal services for female veterans, including those who have experienced sexual trauma. | C


  • Greater New York Hospital Foundation, $53,000 to refer children and families, especially those with multiple problems, to health and social services close to home. | C
  • Hour Children, $60,000 to sustain a successful mentoring program for children who have a parent in prison. | C
  • MFY Legal Services, $120,000 for the Kinship Caregiver Law Project which helps grandparents caring for their abandoned grandchildren get legal help to keep their wards fed, healthy, and  educated. | C


  • Griot Circle, $30,000 for social and legal services for gay elders of color. | Bk
  • Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, $46,000 to expand and improve the YES internship program that places gay youth in stipended positions in companies and nonprofits. | C
  • Queens Community House, $30,000 for a recreational and social services program run by SAGE (see below) for gay and lesbian elders. | Q – Forest Hills
  • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), $40,000 for workshops for gay and lesbian elders on possible benefits of marriage, changes in Medicare, finances, benefits, and social services. | C


  • The New School, $92,500 for continued support of the Feet in Two Worlds program which helps immigrant journalists and media outlets cross media platforms and expand their audiences and impact. | C


  • Center for Health, Environment and Justice, $50,000 to promote healthier, greener alternatives to toxic PVC plastics in NYC schools. | C
  • Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, $100,000 to make cities better places to live through connecting members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network with local foundations.  | N
  • Nescaum, $75,000 to develop a regional clean-fuels standard in 11 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. | N
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $50,000 to eliminate toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools. | C
  • One Region Fund, $200,000 for a funders’ group promoting equitable and sustainable transportation in the tri-state region. | R
  • Pace Law School, $50,000 to develop effective energy efficiency programs in New York State. | R


  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, $75,000 to expand and standardize the production and use of bioplastics.  | N
  • Pesticide Action Network North America, $50,000 to expand the market for crops grown without toxic pesticides. | N


  • Natural Resources Defense Council, $50,000 to continue to protect the sources of the City's drinking water from pharmaceutical waste, development, and agricultural runoff. | C
  • Riverkeeper, $50,000 to protect the City’s drinking water by monitoring and reporting compliance with federal, State, and local clean water laws and policies. | C


  • Blue Green Alliance Foundation, $75,000 to involve labor unions in chemical policy reform, helping members and leadership understand, value, and communicate the economic benefits of a sustainable economy. | N
  • Clean and Healthy New York, $50,000 to build grassroots support for federal and state chemical policy reform. |N
  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $63,000 to develop a new method to test how chemicals impact the body’s translation of information from DNA proteins. | N

  • Center for Economic Opportunity, $400,000 to enhance Project Rise, an education and paid internship program for unemployed young men and women. | Q – Woodside, Astoria, LIC; Bk – Bushwick, Sunset Park, Flatbush; M – Harlem, Lower East Side; Bx – Highbridge, Fordham
  • JobsFirstNYC, $125,000 to help youth employment organizations engage more employers. | C
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women, $100,000 to increase employment opportunities for young women in four nontraditional fields such as green building maintenance and construction.  | C
  • NYC Workforce Development Fund, $125,000 for joint grantmaking in workforce development. | C
  • Public Allies, $100,000 to expand an AmeriCorps leadership development program that prepares minorities, first generation immigrants, and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for jobs in nonprofits. | C
  • Workforce Professionals Training Institute, $60,000 to help job developers and trainers become more effective in providing useful and up-to-date training for jobs in demand. | C


  • ArtsConnection, $40,000 to support theater arts programs for English language learners at three Queens middle schools. | Q – Corona, Flushing
  • Brooklyn Arts Council, $75,000 to provide folk arts instruction in four Brooklyn elementary schools. | Bk – Bushwick
  • Education Through Music, $90,000 for music instruction at seven Bronx elementary and middle schools. | Bx – Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Throgs Neck, Van Ness
  • Harlem School of the Arts, $50,000 to provide instruction in general music and African drumming in five elementary schools. | M – Harlem; Bx – Bedford Park, South Bronx
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, $30,000 to provide arts instruction and teacher training at three schools. | Bk – Bensonhurst; M – Harlem; Q – Flushing
  • Museum of Arts and Design, $50,000 to provide arts instruction for suspended students in alternative learning centers. | M – Harlem, Hell’s Kitchen, Wall Street
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum, $30,000 to provide arts instruction at three elementary public schools. | SI – Port Richmond, New Brighton, Mariners Harbor
  • Teachers and Writers Collaborative, $90,000 to provide creative writing instruction at eight middle schools. | Bx – Bay Plaza, Melrose, Morrisania, Morris Heights; Q – Hollis
  • Visual Understanding in Education, $60,000 to train teachers in eight elementary and middle schools to use art to teach critical thinking skills. | Bx – Crotona Park, Pelham Bay; Bk – Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights; M – East Harlem; Q – Elmhurst


  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships for four dancers to dance with Ailey II dance troupe. | C
  • American Opera Projects, $40,000 to provide two-year fellowships for two composers to work with a Brooklyn company of signers and musical directors to create original works. | C
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, $60,000 to provide one-year fellowships for ten dancers who will tour locally and nationally. | C
  • Firelight Media, $60,000 to provide six film and digital media fellowships for emerging minority artists. | C
  • Flea Theater, $40,000 to provide four fellowships for young theater directors. | C
  • International Studio and Curatorial Program, $60,000 to provide four-month residencies for emerging visual artists. | Bk
  • New Dramatists, $60,000 to provide two-year playwriting fellowships for three aspiring playwrights. | C
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, $40,000 to provide one-year fellowships for ten immigrant artists. | C
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center, $60,000 to provide two-month fellowships for 16 visual artists. | SI
  • Socrates Sculpture Park, $60,000 for year-long, outdoor residencies for six emerging visual artists. | C
  • Spanish Theatre Repertory Company, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships for three aspiring Hispanic directors. | C
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, $40,000 to provide one-year fellowships for two visual artists and two curators. | M
  • Wave Hill, $40,000 to provide four fellowships for visual artists. | Bx, M


  • American Music Center, $75,000 to help it merge with Meet the Composer to form New Music USA. | C
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts, $62,000 to publicize the Museum’s free admission policy. | Bx
  • Cool Culture, $35,000 to provide early childhood cultural programs for Harlem families. | M – Harlem
  • Fourth Arts Block, $45,000 to provide dance rehearsal space in underused studios. | M – Lower East Side
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education, $25,000 to help community arts schools sustain programs. | C
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, $175,000 to help the Pare Lorentz Film Center create, disseminate, and promote educational films. | N


  • The New School, $70,000 to help students and parents participate in the City’s high school choice process. | C
  • New York University, $56,000 for research on how students with low test scores fare in the high school choice process. | C
  • Advocates for Children of New York, $75,000 to advocate for students who are being suspended from school. | C
  • Fund for the City of New York, $50,000 to strengthen the QUEST ATD program that provides educational services for juvenile delinquents with mental health problems. | Q
  • NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, $90,000 for advocacy to improve instruction in the City’s neediest schools through a longer school day and year. | C


  • Helen Keller International, $65,000 to screen low-income, middle-school and alternative high school students for vision problems. | M, Q, Bk, Bx
  • Prevent Blindness Tri-State, $70,000 to integrate vision screening and treatment into community health centers. | C


  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, $35,000 for a free film program for poor and disabled elders. | Bk
  • Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled, $55,000 to help adult-home residents move to supportive housing. | C
  • Institute for Community Living, $65,000 to train staff to provide health education to seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems. | C
  • Resources for Children with Special Needs, $75,000 to help parents of disabled children understand changes in special education and get services for their kids. | C


  • Community Health Care Association of New York State, $125,000 to develop a plan to create new federally qualified health centers in areas that need it most. | C
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, $90,000 to help the City’s public hospital system apply for federally qualified health center designation for its outpatient clinics. | C
  • New York Immigration Coalition, $90,000 to improve access to health care for immigrants. | C
  • New York University, College of Nursing, $125,000 to study the effectiveness of combining two nursing programs to improve hospital care for elderly patients. | C
  • New York City AIDS Fund, $50,000 for continued support for an AIDS funding collaborative. | C
  • Primary Care Development Corporation, $100,000 to strengthen medical home programs in community health centers. | C




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