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2/8/12 - New York's Community Foundation Announces $5 Million in First Grants of 2012

Contact: Ani Hurwitz, VP, Communications
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New York’s Community Foundation Announces $5 Million in First Grants of 2012

February 8 –New York, The New York Community Trust recently approved 46 grants to effective nonprofits that make New York City, and beyond, a better place to live, work, and play.


Areas Served by Grants

  • M - Manhattan
  • Bk - Brooklyn
  • Bx - Bronx
  • Q - Queens
  • SI - Staten Island
  • GI - Governor's Island
  • C - Citywide
  • US - National
  • I - International

“Starving Artists” Get Work Space and Support

  • Bang on a Can, $35,000 for a website that markets and brings together composers and performers of experimental music. | C
  • The Field, $75,000 to provide performing artists with fiscal sponsorship and career development. | C
  • Queens College, CUNY, Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, $50,000 to start a dance and rehearsal space rental program at Queens College, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, and City College. | Q, Bk, M
  • Roulette Intermedium, $50,000 to promote and manage short-term rentals of its new Brooklyn facility to increase earned income. | Bk
  • Spaceworks, $216,000 to subdivide and refurbish 85,000 sq. ft. of vacant space on Governor’s Island and in the Brooklyn Army Terminal and sublet it at below-market rates to artists.  | Bk, GI

Better Discipline and Fewer Arrests

  • National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, $95,000 to train educators to use positive disciplinary approaches to improve the learning environment in low-performing high schools. | C
  • New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, $40,000 to reduce the number of students arrested for minor offenses in City schools. | C

Next Generation of Productive New Yorkers

  • Alliance for Quality Education, $75,000 for advocacy and lobbying to allocate money in the State education budget to high-need schools. | C
  • Internationals Network for Public Schools, $80,000 to train faculty at City schools to educate classes with immigrant students from a variety of countries who are not proficient in English. | C

Need a Lawyer, but Can’t Afford One?

  • CUNY School of Law Foundation, $95,000 to mobilize pro bono lawyers to provide legal help to poor New Yorkers in eviction cases. | M, Bk
  • Legal Action Center of the City of New York, $75,000 to help New Yorkers with criminal records who need jobs and housing. | C
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, $100,000 to help people with cancer appeal insurance denials and resolve debt and other financial problems. | C
  • Pro Bono Net, $100,000 to work with MFY Legal Services to create interactive online forms and other resources to help pro bono attorneys and unrepresented defendants in consumer debt cases now clogging civil courts. | C

Because Having Cancer is Hard Enough

  • Cancer Care, $800,000 for financial aid and education about benefits for poor, minority, and undocumented cancer patients. | C
  • God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to provide meals and nutrition education to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation. | C

One-Stop Help for Families with Problems

  • Administration for Children’s Services, $265,000 to coordinate and improve services for youth and families affected by substance abuse and mental illness. | C
  • SCAN-New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association, $175,000 to coordinate health, mental health, legal, housing, employment, education, and counseling services for families in East Harlem. | M

Big Picture Solutions for New Yorkers

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, $50,000 to protect the interests of poor people in federal and State budget negotiations. | C
  • Dental Lifeline Network New York, $40,000 to increase the capacity of a dental treatment program to treat more poor, disabled, and elderly New Yorkers. | C
  • Resilience Advocacy Project, $40,000 to advocate for local laws that would help non-custodial teenage fathers get involved in their children’s lives.  | C

Efficient and Cost Effective Health Care? It Can Be Done.

  • Community Health Care Association of New York State, $150,000 to recruit and train clinicians, frontline staff, administrators, and management for community health centers.| C
  • Coordinated Behavioral Care, $175,000 to manage care for people with health, mental health, and substance-abuse problems. | C
  • United Hospital Fund of New York, $150,000 to implement and evaluate innovative approaches to delivering effective, patient-centered, cost-efficient health care. | C
  • Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $100,000 to train hospital staff to communicate with families and patients about end-of-life care. | M

Locked Up and Far Away from Home

  • Juvenile Justice Advocacy and Action Project, $125,000 and Public Interest Projects, $125,000 for advocacy to protect current State funding of community alternatives to juvenile detention, for independent oversight of juvenile prisons, and for a plan to keep juvenile offenders close to home. | S

Upping the Odds for Young People Who Need Skills

  • Legal Momentum, $75,000 to increase the number of high-school girls in programs that train them for well-paying jobs in construction, maintenance, natural resources, and other male-dominated fields. | C
  • Working in Support of Education, $68,000 to expand a high-school competition that awards cash prizes to students with strong proposals for fixing problems in their communities. | C
  • Year Up, $80,000 to strengthen an intensive program that places unemployed City youth in paid apprenticeships and helps them create career plans and enroll in college. | C

Money Where Communities Need it Most

  • Citizens Committee for New York City, $100,000 for awards to volunteer-led “Love Your Block” neighborhood improvement projects that work with City agencies. | C
  • Community Voices Heard, $70,000 to coordinate a project in four City Council districts in which residents propose local improvement projects as ballot initiatives to be voted on for inclusion in the City budget. | M, Bx, Bk, Q

Coming Together

  • One NYC One Nation Fund, $100,000 for a funders’ collaborative to increase the participation of immigrants in civic life and promote cooperation among diverse communities. | C
  • Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, $45,000 to help City nonprofits and advocacy organizations working in Albany be more effective through shared technology and other resources. | C

Affordable Housing: Economical and Ecological

  • Enterprise Community Partners, $100,000 to make affordable housing in the Bronx and northern Manhattan more energy efficient. | Bx, M
  • MHANY Management, $50,000 to rehabilitate and stabilize management of rent-regulated apartment buildings in the process of being foreclosed upon. | Bk

Critters and Their Homes

  • American Bird Conservancy, $50,000 to protect birds, wildlife, and people through a campaign to eliminating lead, a known neurotoxin, from hunters’ bullets and fishermens' gear. | US
  • Center for Large Landscape Conservation, $80,000 to provide scientific information about climate change and disease patterns to public officials and environmentalists working to develop wildlife corridors and other policies to protect animals in the Yellowstone region. | US
  • Rainforest Alliance, $100,000 to promote sustainable pineapple production in Costa Rica that protects wildlife and habitat by introducing growers to international markets and providing certification. | I

Development That’s Better for People and Open Space

  • Empire State Future, $75,000 for advocacy and implementation of several sustainable growth policies throughout the State.  | S
  • Smart Growth America, $100,000 to develop a network of private developers who will advocate for smart growth policies. | US

Stronger Safeguards against Toxic Chemicals

  • Environmental Health Fund, $100,000 to build public support for and advocate the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act and other chemical policy reforms. | US
  • International POPs Elimination Network, $100,000 to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals through the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty. | I

Dirty and Dangerous Fuel

  • Environmental Advocates of New York, $75,000 for research, education, and advocacy to protect health and the environment from the dangers posed by hydrofracking, a controversial form of gas extraction. | S
  • Forest Ethics, $75,000 to convince companies to stop using dirty fuel from the Canadian tar sands. | US
  • Investor Environmental Health Network, $50,000 to file shareholder resolutions that encourage companies to disclose and reduce the risks from hydrofracking. | US
  • Urban Green Council, $60,000 to advocate for the adoption of green building codes in the City. | C

About The New York Community Trust
Through the generosity of New Yorkers past and present, The New York Community Trust makes grants for a range of charitable activity important to the well-being and vitality of our city. We’ve helped make donors' charitable dreams come true since 1924.

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 justice. The Trust ended 2011 with assets of more than $1.9 billion and made grants totaling $137 million.

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