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6/12/12 - A New Umbilical Cord Bank, a New Center for Bronx Nonprofits, a Future Wholesale Local Produce Market, and Much More . . .

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NYC's Community Foundation Announces 71 Grants totaling $5 Million to City Nonprofits.

June 12, New York- Trust grants are supporting Mount Sinai's new GENErations Biobank to collect tissue samples from moms for use in tracking childhood diseases; a new center at Hostos Community College to strengthen Bronx nonprofits; and advocacy to create a wholesale farmers' market at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. Please contact us for more information about these and our other grants described below:


From Farm to Table     

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, $75,000to train community leaders to advocate for healthy and sustainable national food and farming policies. | N


Natural Resources Defense Council, $100,000to help regional farmers sell more produce to City consumers by working with GrowNYC to establish a wholesale farmers' market in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. | Bx, Hunts Point


Preventing Gang Violence
Gangs are still a big problem in the City - three hundred gangs were responsible for 1,500 shootings last year, in addition to stabbings, robberies, and too many stolen childhoods. The nonprofits that have enough street cred and know-how to help young people avoid or shed the thug life often run on shoe-string budgets and don't have the resources to reach all those they'd like to. The Trust is funding nine groups to give young people at risk of joining - or already in gangs - better options; develop leaders; make public housing safer; and apply for government funding to do this work on a larger scale.

  • Brooklyn Blizzards Youth Organization, $35,000 | Bk, Brownsville, East New York
  • Brownsville Community Development Corporation, $35,000 | Bk, Brownsville
  • Citywide Council of Presidents of the New York City Housing Authority, $35,000 | C
  • Community Resource Exchange, $100,000 | M, central Harlem
  • Crown Heights Mediation Center $35,000 | Bk, East New York
  • King of Kings Foundation, $35,000 | Q, Far Rockaway
  • Man Up!, $35,000 | Bk, East New York
  • New York City Housing Authority, $110,000 | C
  • New York City Mission Society, $35,000 | M, central Harlem   

Helping Young New Yorkers Be Their Best

FIERCE, $25,000for a leadership program for gay minority youth that trains them in political advocacy and community organizing. | C


Futures and Options, $40,000to expand a paid internship program that places high school students in media, advertising, technology, and health care companies. | C


Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, $150,000for a career exploration program for girls from low-performing middle schools in the Bronx. | Bx, Concourse Village, Morrisania, Soundview


Harlem RBI, $50,000to expand a sports and academic program for disadvantaged youth. | M, East Harlem


Jewish Home Lifecare, $40,000 to add electrocardiography and phlebotomy training to a program that prepares disadvantaged high school students for careers in health care and geriatrics, and fosters relationships between the young and old. | C


New York Academy of Medicine, $75,000for a science and health career program for girls in Harlem middle schools that helps them overcome barriers that stand in the way of pursuing higher education. | M, Harlem


New York City Department of Probation, $80,000to study the impact of Neighborhood Opportunity Networks, local one-stop centers with probation and other services, on court-involved youth. | M, Harlem; Q, Jamaica; Bk, Brownsville


Rocking the Boat, $50,000to train black and Latino Bronx high school and college students for environmental careers through paid applied-science internships with the Bronx River Alliance, the NYC Audubon Society, and other groups. | Bx


Improving Life in Brooklyn

Community Solutions, $130,000to help the Brownsville Partnership, a coalition of residents and community groups dedicated to improving the neighborhood, build a stronger organization, increase its membership, and plan for the future. | Bk, Brownsville


University Settlement Society of New York, $60,000to prevent evictions in three public housing developments in Fort Greene. | Bk, Fort Greene


The Needs of the Poor

Community Service Society of New York, $100,000to produce and release The Unheard Third, a report on the concerns and views of poor New Yorkers on issues including employment, housing, and public benefits. | C


Kids in Distressed Situations, $25,000for distribution of 1 million free diapers (donated by the National Diaper Bank Network) to agencies, such as Harlem Children's Zone and Safe Space in Queens, that distribute them to needy
families. | C


Social Work that Works Better

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, $86,000to help religious institutions evaluate the effectiveness of programs for the homeless, ex-offenders, and domestic violence survivors.


Graham Windham, $200,000 to help four foster care agencies use a proven model that helps parents copes with and avoid behavior that triggers child abuse. | C


Tufts University, $150,000to work with the Children's Aid Society to implement a new method of helping teenage boys do well in school, and to work with the City Department for the Aging to develop systemic ways of reducing social isolation of elders living in public housing. | M, East Harlem; Bx, Morrisania


Point A to Point B

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, $40,000for development of a 14-mile continuous waterfront greenway from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, which will also reduce the overflow of raw sewage by integrating spillways and landscaping along the path to absorb runoff. | Bk


Smart Growth America, $100,000to lobby Congress for a transportation bill that supports mass transit, bike lanes, and walkways. | N


Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Environment Northeast, $75,000 to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the northeast and link it to a second cap-and-trade program in California and Quebec. | R


Natural Resources Defense Council, $75,000to make the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative more effective by lowering the emissions cap, including smaller power plants, and defending the Initiative against legal and political opponents. | R

A Clean Energy Future

Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development, $75,000to build new transmission lines for renewable energy, a goal of the Midwestern Governors Association. | N


New York State Gas Drilling Protection Project, $150,000to protect New York from the damage caused by hydraulic fracturing. | R


Tides Foundation, $100,000to slow climate change by stopping new tar sands oil infrastructure from being built or expanded in the U.S. | I


Toxic Chemicals, Our Bodies, and Our Children's

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Center for Children's Health and the Environment, $100,000to start the GENErations Biobank, a repository that will store and test umbilical cord and placental tissues for exposure to environmental chemicals. | M, East Harlem


University of California, San Francisco, $75,000to educate the medical community about the connections between toxic chemicals and reproductive and children's health. | N


Looking Out for the Elderly

Citymeals-on-Wheels, $50,000to provide poor homebound elders with groceries and emergency food. | C


HealthCare Chaplaincy, $100,000to assess whether the addition of chaplains to hospital discharge planning teams reduces readmission of chronically ill elders. | M, Harlem


Medicare Rights Center, $80,000to help more elders get Medicare and other benefits. | C


Selfhelp Community Services, $70,000to teach elders and professional caregivers about changes in New York State's Medicaid home care program. | C


. . . and the Mentally Ill

MFY Legal Services, $40,000to improve conditions for poor, mentally ill people living in illegal boarding houses. | C


National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, $100,000to include people with mental illness as part of treatment teams for high-cost Medicaid patients through newly formed health homes (networks of mental health, health, and social service providers). | C


Marketing and Strengthening Performing Arts Groups

651 ARTS, $70,000to market African-American dance, theater, and literary performances that will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement. | Bk


Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, $70,000to market music classes and the City's only big-band Latin jazz orchestra. | C


BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn, $70,000to help this Brooklyn arts hub quadruple its performances as it adds the newly renovated Strand Theater in the BAM Cultural District to its roster of venues. | Bk


Brooklyn Academy of Music, $100,000for a training program that helps small performing arts groups with fundraising, marketing, communications, IT, production, personnel, and planning. | Bk


Cave Canem Foundation, $34,000to help this African-American poetry collective increase its earned income by expanding its speakers bureau, offering more classes, and renting out its space for events. | Bk


Chocolate Factory Theater, $43,000to help this developer and presenter of experimental plays and dance create and share an online performance archive to market its work. | Q, Long Island City


Flushing Town Hall, $60,000to increase Korean and Chinese audiences at this theater with the help of a local advisory committee of leaders from these communities. | Q, Flushing


Harbor Lights Theater Company, $30,000to market this Staten Island musical theater group. | SI


Ping Chong & Company, $70,000to market this Asian-American theater group celebrating its 40th year. | M, East Village


Pregones Theater, $70,000for a merger with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company. | M, Upper West Side; Bx, South Bronx


St. Ann's Warehouse, $50,000to market this Brooklyn theater as it relocates. | Bk, Dumbo


TeatroStageFest, $70,000to support this presenter of Latino theater as it forms an alliance with Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts. | Q


Thalia Spanish Theatre, $62,000for a technology initiative and marketing campaign at this bilingual Latino theater. | Q, Sunnyside


Trisha Brown Dance Company, $70,000to create a succession plan and digitize 105 video and film recordings to be registered with the Library of Congress and made publically available. | M, West Village



Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, $50,000to expand training and services at a jobs center that places workers at Brooklyn Navy Yard companies. | Bk


New York City Employment and Training Coalition, $75,000to provide stronger advocacy for the tens of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers who need more help finding jobs and keeping them. | C


Solar One, $50,000to help green industry employers find workers trained by nonprofit employment programs. | C


Technical Assistance

Hostos Community College of CUNY, $100,000to support the new Center for Bronx Nonprofits, which will help strengthen local community leaders and nonprofits. | Bx


Public Education   

Donors' Education Collaborative, $110,000for a joint foundation effort to support advocacy for public education reform. | C


ReServe Elder Service, $120,000 for a program in which retirees are paid a stipend to help students return to school from extended absences resulting from suspension, homelessness, and foster care placements. | C


Preserving the Historic Character of New York

Historic Districts Council, $30,000to help preserve the historic character of 12 neighborhoods, including parts of Brook Park and Van Cortlandt Village in the Bronx, Victorian-era Bay Ridge and Flatbush in Brooklyn, and beachside bungalows in Far Rockaway, Queens. | C


Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, $50,000for planning to adapt the historic Andrew Freedman home for community uses. | Bx, Concourse Village


Legal Help for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

inMotion, $50,000to train pro bono attorneys to help immigrant victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn obtain legal status. | Bk


Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, $50,000to help immigrant victims of domestic violence in Manhattan and the Bronx obtain legal status. | M; Bx, Highbridge


Sanctuary for Families, $90,000to help immigrant girls and young women who are victims of violence obtain legal status. | C


. . . and for the Five Boroughs

Legal Services NYC - Bronx, $55,000to help residents get and keep public benefits. | Bx


Manhattan Legal Services, $55,000to represent residents in consumer debt cases. | M


Queens Legal Services, $55,000to provide representation in housing cases. | Q


South Brooklyn Legal Services, $55,000to represent tenants in housing court. | Bk


Staten Island Legal Services, $30,000to provide legal representation for poor residents. | SI




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