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4/28/14 - New York City’s Community Foundation Gives $5.3 Million to 58 Nonprofits in All Five Boroughs

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

New York (April 28, 2014) —The New York Community Trust is giving $5.3 million to help software engineers teach high school students; to preserve Dumbo’s historic Tobacco Warehouse as it turns into a theater; to phase out the “Hazardous 100” chemicals; to create an aging-friendly district in Brooklyn; and more. The 58 grants help nonprofits throughout the city, along with national environmental groups.


  • Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, $40,000 so minority high school students in Brooklyn can take college-level science courses at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • New York Academy of Sciences, $75,000 to use trained volunteers to teach science and computer courses in publicly funded after-school programs.
  • ScriptEd, $40,000 to expand a program that uses volunteer software engineers to teach website development to City high school students.


  • St. Ann’s Warehouse, $100,000 to adapt the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn for use as a theater.


  • Long Term Care Community Coalition, $45,000 to monitor inclusion of nursing homes in the New York State Medicaid managed long-term care program.
  • Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project LDC, $40,000 to make parts of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn into an “aging-friendly district.”
  • Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, $150,000 to improve the quality of home care by upgrading the skills of home health aides.
  • Queens Community House, $35,000 for recreation and social services for gay and lesbian elders in Queens.
  • Service Program for Older People, $50,000 to open three satellite mental health clinics to serve elders.


  • Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, $125,000 to help small- to medium-sized mental health and substance abuse treatment providers adapt to managed care.
  • United Hospital Fund of New York, $150,000 to conduct research and advise state officials developing the health insurance exchange in New York State.


  • Cancer Care, $750,000 for financial aid to needy cancer patients.
  • God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to deliver meals to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, $100,000 to provide legal assistance to help people with cancer get treatment and public benefits.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, $90,000 to train hospital staff in palliative care.


  • Hospital for Special Surgery, $70,000 to study the efficacy of preventing blood clots in patients with asymptomatic autoimmune diseases.


  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, $30,000 to prevent HIV transmission among transgender people.


  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice, $120,000 to help people with vision impairments get better access to agencies that administer public benefits.


  • Bed Stuy’s Project Re-Generation, $40,000 to employ Brooklyn adolescents in a leadership program that provides maintenance services in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.
  • Food Bank for New York City, $250,000 to add employment services to food pantries and kitchens in neighborhoods with growing needs.
  • Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement, $50,000 to update a cost of living standard to help efforts to reduce poverty in New York.


  • Good Shepherd Services, $60,000 for college prep workshops for young people living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York, Brooklyn.
  • South Asian Youth Action, $65,000 to expand academic and college preparation for South Asian teenagers.
  • Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, $120,000 for academic support for ninth graders in 15 public high schools across the City.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network, $120,000 to expand college preparation for minority girls at four high schools in Astoria, Jamaica, Williamsburg, and East Harlem.


  • The Door - A Center of Alternatives, $75,000 for legal assistance to undocumented young people.
  • Fund for New Citizens, $200,000 to assist immigrants and refugees in New York.
  • Volunteers of Legal Service, $40,000 for legal assistance to undocumented young people.
  • Youth Represent, $65,000 to provide legal help to young people who are involved in the legal system and want to find jobs.
  • University Settlement Society of New York, $125,000 for non-lawyers to help unrepresented tenants navigate Brooklyn’s housing court.
  • Vera Institute of Justice, $100,000 to improve the courts’ handling of 16- and 17-year-old offenders.


  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, $60,000 for language assistance to Asian-American voters in Queens who aren’t fluent in English.
  • Citizens Committee for New York City, $125,000 for the “Love Your Block Awards” that help community groups work with the City to improve neighborhoods, and “Unity Awards” that encourage immigrants to volunteer as leaders for improvement projects.
  • City Limits, $40,000 for the Bronx Bureau, an online community news and information network.
  • Human Services Council of New York City, $85,000 to promote cost-savings in State-funded human services.


  • Business Outreach Center Network, $60,000 to help small businesses thrive in the Bronx.
  • CDC4G Working Group, $60,000 to research the feasibility of aggregating community development corporation real estate assets to improve their property management and boost their ability to compete with private developers for new projects.
  • New York State Tenants and Neighbors Information Service, $50,000 to preserve Mitchell-Lama buildings through a combination of services and advocacy.
  • United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $130,000 to help settlement houses come up with strategies for professional and leadership development.


  • Ecology Center, $75,000 to work with leading retailers to phase out the “Hazardous 100,” a list of toxic chemicals commonly found in consumer products, and to work with car manufacturers to phase out carcinogenic chemicals.
  • Governors Island Alliance, $50,000 to help this new advocacy organization for Governors Island push for public funding and organize volunteers.
  • Highbridge Community Life Center, $50,000 to improve the Harlem River waterfront by planning for bike lanes, boat launches, and signage.
  • Multi-State Mercury Products Campaign, $100,000 to phase out the use of mercury in products in northeastern states.
  • Resources for the Future, $100,000 to develop an alternative community insurance approach for the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • University of California, San Francisco, $75,000 to educate the medical community about the connections between toxic chemicals and reproductive and children’s health.


  • Builders Association, $35,000 to start an education program on a collaborative style of theater and media-making.
  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, $100,000 for a fellowship program that trains mid-career professionals of color to advocate for a more diverse arts and culture workforce.
  • Center for Book Arts, $60,000 to market this artist workspace in Manhattan dedicated to preserving traditional styles of book-making.
  • Harlem Arts Alliance, $75,000 to plan a cultural tourism effort in Harlem.
  • New Dramatists, $40,000 to improve data management systems.
  • OPERA America, $50,000 to promote a rehearsal center for opera in Manhattan.
  • Performance Space 122, $65,000 to improve data collection and marketing.
  • Queens Theatre, $50,000 to market and promote this theater in Queens.
  • Sundog Theatre, $40,000 to help a Staten Island theater increase earnings.
  • Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, $75,000 for a business plan for the Bronx Music Heritage Center.


  • Center for Arts Education, $60,000 to ensure City public school students receive a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
  • Fund for Public Schools, $100,000 to provide summer instruction and enrichment in several Bronx schools.
  • NYC Leadership Academy, $100,000 to help teams of new principals and assistant principals improve their schools.

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