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Complete list of grants approved in June 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2013
nycommunitytrust.org

Contact: Amy Wolf, communications officer
(212) 686 - 0010 x234 or aw@nyct-cfi.org

 

$7 Million in New Grants Announced by NYC’s Community Foundation

New York, June 12—The New York Community Trust today announced $7,160,000 in grants that will help prevent child abuse, test an addiction recovery program, diffuse gang violence, represent sex-trafficking victims, and more.

RESCUING APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN DEFAULT
Bought at inflated prices during the boom years, hundreds of apartment buildings in New York’s poor neighborhoods are now in default. Transferring these buildings to responsible owners is complicated and requires the cooperation of banks and experienced community developers. Grants of $65,000 to MHANY Management and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association will help stabilize low-income apartment buildings at risk of foreclosure in central Brooklyn and the South Bronx.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR POOR NEW YORKERS
The crisis of underrepresented New Yorkers continues, with only one in five poor families and individuals getting the legal help they need. The following grants will help provide lawyers and advice to thousands of New Yorkers:

  • Legal Services NYC – Bronx, $55,000 to help residents get and keep public benefits. | Bronx
  • Manhattan Legal Services, $55,000 to represent residents in consumer debt cases, hold community workshops on consumer rights, and force debt collectors to stop abusive practices. | Manhattan
  • Queens Legal Services and South Brooklyn Legal Services, $55,000 each to defend tenants against eviction and help them get needed repairs or stop unlawful landlord practices. | Queens, Brooklyn

HELP FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING

  • inMotion, $50,000 to train pro bono attorneys to help immigrant victims of domestic violence get legal status and resolve family law problems. | Brooklyn
  • Sanctuary for Families, $75,000 to advocate for and provide legal services to victims of sex trafficking in light of recent improvements to laws that protect them. | Citywide

PROTECTING CHILDREN

  • Graham Windham, $200,000 to train caseworkers to use a proven child-abuse prevention program to help parents, foster parents, and children communicate and avoid behavior that triggers abuse. | Citywide
  • New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, $50,000 to evaluate Safe Touches, a sexual-abuse prevention program taught in elementary schools. | Citywide
GIRL POWER

  • Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, $150,000 to expand a career exploration and leadership program for girls from low-performing middle schools. | Bronx and Brooklyn
  • Intrepid Museum Foundation, $50,000 to expand a summer program that involves high school girls in experiments in aviation, marine science, space travel, and medicine. | Citywide
  • New York Academy of Medicine, $70,000 to enhance the GIRLS (Getting into Real Life Science) and Health Professions program. | Harlem, Manhattan

FOOD AND RENT

  • Bridge Fund of New York, $850,000 to provide cash and job counseling to families in poor neighborhoods at risk of losing their homes. | South Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
  • Food Bank for New York City, $250,000 to get more food and benefit assistance into neighborhoods with growing demands for help. | Citywide

GETTING KIDS OFF DRUGS

  • Bronx Youth Recovery Network, $200,000 to train coaches to use a program that helps addicted 18- to 24-year-olds get and stay clean, and evaluate its effectiveness. | Bronx  
  • Staten Island Mental Health Society, $90,000 to help addicted youth successfully complete drug treatment and help other young people avoid addiction. | Staten Island

STOPPING GANG VIOLENCE

  • Community Resource Exchange, $78,000 to help four gang violence prevention groups with fiscal management, program planning, fundraising, board development, and proposal writing.
  • Crown Heights Mediation Center, Fund for the City of New York, $35,000 to expand Save Our Streets, an anti-gang violence program. | Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  • King of Kings Foundation, $35,000 to expand Gang Warrior Tours, a program that helps young people cope with anger and de-escalate violent situations. | Far Rockaway, Queens
  • LIFE Camp, $35,000 to use Cure Violence, a model created by Deepak Chopra, which uses dialogue, workshops, athletics, and mediation to curtail gang violence. | South Jamaica, Queens
  • Man Up!, $35,000 to expand an anti-gang violence program that works with young people involved in gangs. | East New York, Brooklyn
  • New York City Mission Society, $35,000 to expand a program that works with youth to deal with anger and give up their guns. | Central Harlem

DISMANTLING THE SCHOOL-TO-JAIL PIPELINE

  • Brooklyn Defender Services, $55,000 to start a new program that creates individualized plans for teenage offenders to help them restart their lives. | Brooklyn
  • Friends of Island Academy, $75,000 to expand the Jail-to-School Pipeline program, which gives mentors to 16- and 17-year-olds discharged from Rikers Island who help them make the transition back to school. | Citywide
  • Fund for the City of New York, Center for Court Innovation, $150,000 to expand an alternative-to-incarceration program for 16- and 17-year-olds facing minor charges. | Midtown, Manhattan; Concourse Village, Bronx; Red Hook, Brooklyn; Jamaica, Queens; and St. George, Staten Island

PERSONAL FINANCE

  • East River Development Alliance, $50,000 for Financial Fitness workshops and counseling on household budgeting, credit repair, and asset building for poor families. | Western Queens
  • Hunter College of CUNY, Silberman School of Social Work, $123,000 to integrate financial literacy into social work education and practice. | Citywide
  • Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, $60,000 to get indebted low-wage workers to use the Trust Card, a tool designed to reduce high-interest debt. | Citywide

IMPROVING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Fifth Avenue Committee, $50,000 to involve low-income residents in a public review of plans for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal. | Gowanus, Brooklyn
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $50,000 to strengthen this multi-service neighborhood organization. | Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, $340,000 to expand its workforce development services. | Far Rockaway, Queens
  • Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, $50,000 to strengthen the local economy and expand access to fresh food after the closure of the neighborhood’s supermarket. | Lower East Side, Manhattan
CHEMICALS: INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY?

  • Coming Clean, $75,000 to build the case for stronger safe-chemical laws by showing the direct link between exposure to common chemicals and cancer and other diseases. | National
  • State Alliance for Federal Reform of Chemicals Policy, $75,000 to advocate for state and federal chemical policy reform and to draft model legislation that sets testing standards for alternatives to banned chemicals. | National
CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Campaign for Atlantic Offshore Wind, $200,000 to build public, political, and financial support for offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast. | Eastern seaboard
  • Ceres, $100,000 to use recent storms, shareholder resolutions, and investor education to mobilize the insurance industry to deal with climate change. | National
  • Clean Energy Group, $100,000 to accelerate development of wind power by encouraging state leaders, the military, utilities, and investors to cooperatively purchase offshore wind power. | National
  • Clean Air Task Force, $100,000 to reduce black carbon and methane emissions from Arctic oil and gas production. | International
  •  Climate Solutions, $100,000 to accelerate the development of greenhouse gas reduction solutions at the local and regional level. | Northwestern states
  • Environment Northeast, $100,000 to strengthen a regional initiative that limits greenhouse gas emissions. | Northeastern states

A SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE REGION

  • Empire State Future, $75,000 to promote planning for sustainable growth in New York State. | Statewide
  • National Audubon Society, $75,000 to protect bird migration corridors along the East Coast by working with forest owners in five states.  | Eastern seaboard
  • New York State Gas Drilling Protection Project, $150,000 to ensure that gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations is not permitted until appropriate safeguards to protect human health and the environment are in place. | Statewide

OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT

  • New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, $50,000 to bring community groups, government, and businesses together to protect the City’s waterfront from storm-caused contamination. | Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Bronx; Sunset Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Newtown Creek, Brooklyn; and Staten Island.
  • West Harlem Environmental Action, $55,000 to help building managers and tenants switch to cleaner heating fuels. | Northern Manhattan
  • Workforce Professionals Training Institute, $75,000 to add courses to training programs for job developers and evaluate their impact. | Citywide

HELPING ARTS AND CULTURE THRIVE

  • AMERINDA, $60,000 to establish an online marketplace for Native-American artists. | Citywide
  • Artspace, $56,000 to plan for affordable residential and studio spaces for artists in New York and consider the feasibility of six neighborhoods as future sites. | Citywide
  • Bronx River Art Center, $50,000 to promote this arts group as it renovates its facility and runs programs at alternative neighborhood sites. | The Bronx
  • Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, $50,000 to start an artists’ market at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and train artists to develop small businesses. | North Shore, Staten Island
  • Fourth Arts Block, $45,000 to provide affordable dance rehearsal space in underused studios.
    | Citywide
  • Doug Varone and Dancers, $50,000 to start a new choreography institute. | Citywide

ART AND MUSIC IN SCHOOL

  • Harlem School of the Arts, $75,000 to provide music instruction in ten elementary schools. | Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum, $30,000 to provide arts instruction at public elementary schools. | Staten Island

TEACHING OUR TEACHERS

  • New Teacher Center, $150,000 to train experienced teachers and principals to mentor new teachers. | Citywide
  • New Visions for Public Schools, $100,000 to improve instruction and teacher retention by training and placing teams of teachers and administrators in struggling schools. | Citywide

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Advocates for Children of New York, $80,000 to help families of children with disabilities move from early childhood programs to preschool and kindergarten. | Citywide
  • University of the State of New York Regents Research Fund, $200,000 to develop student assessments and teacher evaluations that account for the progress of English-language learners. | Citywide

HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN THE BOROUGHS

  • Historic House Trust of New York City, $100,000 to test a new approach to interpreting history at the Latimer House, a historic house in Queens. | Flushing, Queens
  • Historic Richmond Town, $48,000 to plan for the re-use of a Gothic Revival parsonage in Historic Richmond Town so that it can generate income. | Richmond, Staten Island

TO YOUR  HEALTH

  • The Actors Fund, $50,000 to help uninsured artists and actors get health insurance through the New York State health exchange. | Citywide
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, $85,000 to determine if trained, stable mentally ill people on hospital treatment teams improves care of people with serious mental illness. | Citywide
  • EcoHealth Alliance, $85,000 to study the risk to children from salmonella-infected pets and test imported seafood for this and other diseases. | Citywide
  • Institute for Family Health, $125,000 to test a new program in which medical workers coordinate the care of patients with chronic health problems, including heart disease. | Union Square, Harlem, Manhattan
  • Montefiore Medical Center, $100,000 to coordinate care for patients with chronic pain who are addicted to prescription pain medication. | Norwood, Bronx
  • Public Health Solutions, $105,000 to prevent unwanted pregnancies by increasing girls’ and young women’s use of IUDs, a safe, affordable, and long-lasting form of birth control. | Citywide
  • Supportive Housing Network of New York, $70,000 to promote the integration of health and housing services to reduce Medicaid costs. | Citywide

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

  • Council on Social Work Education, $290,000 to train social workers to assist elders making health care decisions. | Citywide
  • New York University, College of Nursing, $110,000 to increase the involvement of chronically ill elders and family caregivers in their own care. | Citywide
  • Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, $45,000 to give respite to family caregivers of chronically ill homebound elders. | Citywide
  • San Diego State University, School of Social Work, $30,000 to improve the training of professionals who investigate abuse and neglect of elders and other disabled adults. | National          

ABOUT THE TRUST
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has made it easy for New Yorkers to be philanthropists. Through our donors, we have built a
permanent endowment to support the nonprofits that make our city a vital and secure place in which to live and work for all New Yorkers. With thousands of charitable funds set up by individuals, families, and businesses—and an expert staff—we help donors with their giving today and enable their generosity to continue after their lifetimes, supporting the causes they cared about and solving problems we can’t now imagine. In 2012, The Trust ended the year with $2.1 billion in assets and made grants of $136 million.

Please let us know if you would like the breakdown of grants related to your borough or beat. Program officers with a wide range of expertise are available for comment.


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