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12/18/13 - New York City’s Community Foundation Announces $13.9 Million in Grants to 72 Nonprofits

David Marcus, (212) 889-3963,
Amy Wolf (212) 686-0010 x234,

New York City’s Community Foundation Announces $13.9 Million
in Grants to 72 Nonprofits

New York (Dec. 18, 2013) — In its largest round of grants this year, The New York Community Trust is giving money to programs ranging from building urban farms in the Rockaways to funding international internships for low-income CUNY students. Grants from the new $43 million Brooke Astor funds, named after the late “first lady of philanthropy,” will further her interest in teaching children to read well. Other recipients will rebuild Staten Island after Sandy; prevent families from getting evicted from public housing; and help undocumented South Asian women apply to work here legally.  Below is a full list of recent grants:

Fighting Homelessness from All Directions

  • Career Gear, $50,000 to help homeless men find jobs and housing. | Citywide
  • Coalition for the Homeless, $60,000 to advocate for solutions to homelessness, including starting a rental assistance voucher program, expanding the Disability Rent Increase Exemption program, and developing supportive housing units. | Citywide
  • Housing + Solutions, $120,000 to expand a housing and therapy program for homeless women veterans. | Citywide
  • SCAN-New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association, $150,000 to coordinate social services for families. | East Harlem, Manhattan
  • University Settlement Society of New York, $60,000 to prevent evictions of families from public housing. | Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Peer and Community Care for People with Mental Illness

  • Families on the Move of New York City, $108,000 to train stable, mentally ill young adults to help young people with serious mental illness avoid drug abuse. | Citywide
  • Fund for Public Health in New York, $125,000 to help young people hospitalized for their first psychotic episode get community mental health treatment. | Citywide

Helping Young People Succeed

  • After-School Corporation, $80,000 to lengthen the school day in five City schools to help students meet national standards. | Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • City University of New York, $185,000 for scholarships underwriting international internships for low-income City University and Honors College students. | Citywide
  • Fund for Public Health in New York, $40,000 to promote a program that helps teens avoid pregnancy and improves sexual health. | South Bronx
  • Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, $118,000 to improve two leadership and career programs for disadvantaged girls that cover global and environmental issues, leadership skills, and organic farming. | Citywide
  • Third Street Music School Settlement, $120,000 for scholarships for five promising music students. | Citywide
  • Westside Afterschool Collaborative, $80,000 to help an alliance of West Side settlement houses coordinate arts-focused after-school programming. | West Side, Manhattan

Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy

  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island, $100,000 to help qualified homeowners get government funding to fix homes. | Staten Island
  • Project Hospitality, $56,000 to help families still dislocated by the storm press for affordable housing. | Staten Island
  • Staten Island NFP Association, $44,000 to strengthen Staten Island nonprofit organizations’ ability to respond to disasters. | Staten Island

Conserving the Environment

  • Bronx River Alliance, $44,000 to oversee construction of restrooms and other amenities, and maintain parks along the Bronx River. | Bronx
  • Enterprise Community Partners, $100,000 to improve energy efficiency in affordable housing developments. | Citywide
  • Smart Growth America, $100,000 to develop a network of private developers who will advocate for smart growth policies. | National

NYC Jobs

  • New York City Employment and Training Coalition, $100,000 to strengthen workforce development advocacy, develop a guide of workforce agencies, and improve coordination of the City’s services for job seekers. | Citywide
  • Seedco, $60,000 to help people moving from cash assistance to jobs. | Citywide

Arts and Culture

  • Career Transition for Dancers, $25,000 to help retiring dancers get the education, certification, or training they need to compete in the job market and start new careers. | Citywide
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, $165,000 to help the Pare Lorentz Film Center create, share, and promote educational films. | National
  • Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, $123,500 for a joint grantmaking program that gets teens engaged in digital learning. Participants make devices to test pollution and use the data to take action; design wired fashion, write code, and transform stuffed animals into robots. (See press release) | Citywide
  • International Contemporary Ensemble, $100,000 to improve administration and management of this artist-led music group. | Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Queens College, CUNY, Kupferberg Center, $200,000 to expand a dance and rehearsal space program from four to eight CUNY schools. | Citywide

Arts Education

  • Bronx Arts Ensemble, $60,000 for arts education of third through seventh grade students. | Bronx; East Harlem, Manhattan
  • Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, $90,000 to use teaching artists to improve the reading, social studies, and science skills of third, fourth, and fifth graders. | Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens
  • Museum of Arts and Design, $60,000 to provide art instruction, based on the museum’s collection, to suspended middle and high schoolers in alternative learning centers. | Bronx and Manhattan
  • New York Hall of Science, $100,000 to help chronically-ill, hospitalized students participate in a science and math-focused distance learning program that includes operating remotely controlled robots in a specially designed laboratory. | Citywide
  • Visual Understanding in Education, $95,000 to train teachers in 25 schools to use art to teach critical thinking skills. | Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

Grants from the Brooke Astor Five-Year Fund to Support Reading in the Early Grades for Disadvantaged New Yorkers (See press release)

  • Creative Arts Team, $460,000 for actors to bring reading to life in kindergarten through second grade classrooms, and to train teachers in dramatic storytelling. | Queens and Manhattan
  • Hunter College, $300,000 to train second grade teachers to teach reading, particularly to children who don’t speak English at home. | East Harlem, Manhattan
  • Jumpstart for Young Children, $80,000 to test a summer reading program for children entering kindergarten. If successful, the project will demonstrate a new way to help bridge the gap between pre-kindergarten and kindergarten reading instruction. | South Bronx
  • New York University, $510,000 to expand the classroom use of World of Words, a vocabulary-building program for kindergarten through second grade. | Citywide
  • Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, $586,000 to coordinate individual tutoring, teacher coaching, and parent training in three elementary schools. | Bronx
  • Teaching Matters, $120,000 for a new system to help kindergarten through third grade teachers provide high-quality reading instruction in poor communities. | South Bronx

Grants from the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education
(totaling approximately $7.1 million)

  • Brooklyn Museum, for new paid high school internship programs that will help teens study and create digital guides to the Museum’s feminist art collection and plan events for LGBT teens. | Brooklyn
  • Carnegie Hall Society, to expand a program that has musicians helping students in detention centers and schools with high suspension rates write and record music; and for a new program to train music teachers on rehearsal techniques, curriculum planning, and repertoire selection. | Citywide
  • Central Park Conservancy, to help teachers and parents use Central Park for science lessons exploring habitats, biodiversity, and architecture. | Manhattan
  • City Parks Foundation, to expand in-school, after-school, and summer environmental science programs. | Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, to work with the New York Harbor School on Governors Island to improve environmental science education. | Governors Island
  • Historic Hudson Valley, to use runaway slave announcements to inspire middle school students to create artwork and essays, helping them meet Common Core Learning Standards as well as the City’s Blueprint for Arts Learning. | Upper Manhattan and Bronx
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, to help teachers create lesson plans that use art to meet Common Core Learning Standards. | Citywide
  • Morgan Library and Museum, to teach students about medieval and Renaissance bookmaking while helping teachers meet Common Core and arts education standards. | Citywide
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, for a program in nine high schools that teaches students about anatomy, bullying, preventing pregnancy, and avoiding violence. | Bronx
  • New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations, to tutor middle and elementary school students in reading, help middle school students design technology projects, and offer homework help after school. | Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan
  • Prospect Park Alliance, for a second mobile education station in Prospect Park to provide books, maps, and hands-on activities for the park’s visitors. | Brooklyn
  • Rockefeller University, for a new laboratory to help City teachers and students meet tougher science standards. High school students will complete lab work during and after school; teachers will take part in evening and summer sessions on subjects including neuroscience and molecular biology. | Citywide
  • Trust for Public Land, for student and teacher workshops emphasizing math, science, and engineering in playground and garden design. The program will weave in Common Core Standards and material on storm water management. | Citywide
  • United States Fund for UNICEF, to create a real-time emergency simulation for fourth through eighth graders to expose them to global current events while they practice skills required by Common Core Learning Standards. | Citywide
  • Wildlife Conservation Society, to expand the Mannahatta Project website to include the environmental history of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The Society will use the work to create a publicly available curriculum for middle and high schools. | Citywide

Help Young Immigrants Apply for DACA

  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association, $30,000 to help Filipino girls and young women learn about and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). | Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women, $65,000 to help South Asian girls and young women learn about and apply for DACA. | Citywide

LGBT Immigrants and Elders

  • Immigration Equality, $75,000 to help gay and lesbian immigrants get legal status. | Citywide
  • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), $30,000 to enhance social services for gay and lesbian elders. | Harlem and Brooklyn

Curing Children with Cancer

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $125,000 to research treatment of bone cancer in children. | Research in the Bronx, Citywide/National impact
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, $110,000 to expand services at three hospitals and use patient navigators to help young immigrants with cancer get treatment. | Citywide

Help for Veterans

  • Mental Health Association of New York City, $110,000 to increase understanding between military veterans and civilian students at eight metro area colleges. | Citywide
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, $124,000 to study neuropathy in veterans with traumatic brain injury. | Research in Manhattan, Citywide/National impact

Health Care for the Poor and Disabled

  • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, $60,000 to help people with intellectual disabilities move from nursing homes to community housing. | Citywide
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, $135,000 to train staff at City public hospitals to care for women with physical disabilities. | Citywide
  • New York State Health Foundation, $115,000 to help low-income New Yorkers get health insurance through the State insurance exchange. | Citywide

Healthy Dogs and Services for the Blind

  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind, $61,000 for veterinary care for guide dogs. | Citywide; Yorktown Heights, Westchester
  • Jewish Guild Healthcare, $69,000 to help elders with vision loss remain independent and healthy through yoga, fitness, and cooking classes. | Citywide

More Healthy Food

  • Community Food Advocates, $50,000 to make lunch free for all public school students. | Citywide
  • Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, $300,000 to increase access to healthy food by creating two urban farms, expanding a farmers’ market, and working with stores and institutions to increase supply and demand. | The Rockaways, Queens

Social Work Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, $42,000 to expand a doctoral fellowship program in gerontology to include webinars and mentoring services. | National
  • National Association for Social Workers Foundation, $25,000 for doctoral fellowships in welfare policy and masters level scholarships in health and mental health practice. | National
  • New York State Social Work Education Consortium, $25,000 for undergraduate scholarships in the field of public child welfare. | New York State
  • University of Michigan School of Social Work, $25,000 to start a fellowship and placement program for graduate students studying program evaluation. | National
Please contact David Marcus, at (212) 889-3963 or if you would like more information about any of the grants listed above.

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