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10/7/14 - $7.6 Million in Grants Announced in Largest Round of 2014

NYC's Community Foundation Gives $7.6 Million to 95 Nonprofits across the City and Nationally in Largest Round of 2014 Grants

New York (October 7, 2014) - The New York Community Trust is giving grants to nonprofits to provide legal aid to unaccompanied minors facing deportation; use the arts to help schools meet Common Core standards; protect New Yorkers from mortgage fraud; and find new ways to help mentally ill Rikers inmates upon their release. In all, 95 nonprofit groups in all five boroughs received $7.6 million in The Trust's largest round of grants this year.

The following grants will provide legal help to immigrant children who face deportation after arriving in the City without a parent: Atlas: DIY, $90,000; Catholic Charities Community Services, $90,000; The Door, $90,000; and Legal Aid Society, $90,000. An additional grant to Vera Institute of Justice, for $25,000 will research the legal and social services available to these children.

  • Legal Services NYC, $90,000 to help New Yorkers who do not speak English get government benefits and services to which they are entitled.
  • Manhattan Legal Services, $55,000 to represent Manhattan residents in consumer debt cases.
  • New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, $70,000 to help gay men and lesbians in the City understand their changing legal rights.
  • Alice Austen House, $75,000 to use photography to help Staten Island students meet Common Core standards.
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $90,000 to use dance to help students in four middle schools meet Common Core standards.
  • American Museum of Natural History, $90,000 to teach middle school science educators how to address Common Core reading and writing standards.
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, $90,000 to use Shakespeare to help four Brooklyn middle and high schools meet Common Core standards.
  • City Lore, $50,000 to use music with sixth graders in three Brooklyn and Queens schools to meet Common Core standards.
  • Friends of Materials for the Arts, $49,000 to use art making with sustainable materials to help students meet Common Core standards.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, $150,000 for a workshop series for City arts groups to adapt their programs to meet the Common Core standards.
  • Noble Maritime Collection, $45,000 to teach third through seventh grade students about New York Harbor's Robbins Reef Lighthouse on Staten Island using writing, printmaking, dramatic reenactment, and historical study.
  • The following grants will improve reading instruction in afterschool programs run by community groups: After-School Corporation, $65,000; CAMBA, $37,000, Chinese-American Planning Council, $40,000; and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $23,000.
  • ReadWorks, $220,000 to create and test online reading comprehension training for elementary school teachers.  
  • Advocates for Children of New York, $160,000 to help families of children with disabilities, including speech problems, transition from early childhood services to preschool and kindergarten.
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, $90,000 to help schools improve students' social skills and manage bad behavior.
  • Public Policy Institute of New York State, $60,000 to create a statewide network of public high schools that offer six-year programs that result in a high-school diploma or associates degree.
  • Weeksville Heritage Center, $110,000 to rebuild this Bedford-Stuyvesant historical site's educational program on African-American history.
  • Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $180,000 to coordinate and strengthen anti-gang violence activities across the City.
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing, $55,000 to improve supportive housing for teens aging out of the foster care, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems.
  • FIERCE, $50,000 for a leadership program for young gay people of color.
  • Friends of Island Academy, $75,000 to expand a program that helps 16- and 17-year-olds discharged from Rikers Island make a successful transition to school.
  • Harlem RBI, $50,000 to enroll new fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in Team Enrichment, a baseball and academic program for disadvantaged youth in the South Bronx.
  • Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, $55,000 to put a youth development plan into action at this organization's new 12,500 square foot northeast Bronx facility.
  • Osborne Association, $75,000 to turn the former Fulton prison in the Bronx into a reentry center, complete with job training, education, and transitional housing for young people returning to the borough after incarceration.
  • University of the State of New York Regents Research Fund, $87,000 to provide training and materials to instructors of high school dropouts taking the new, more rigorous, high school equivalency test.   
  • Graduate NYC!, $70,000 to coordinate and improve efforts to help City kids get into and graduate from college.
  • Fresh Air Fund, $30,000 for a citywide college preparation program for disadvantaged young New Yorkers.
  • Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, $25,000 to help Native American high school students prepare for college.
  • New Yorkers for Children, $200,000 to provide foster children in college with laptops and other school supplies.   
  • Intrepid Museum Foundation, $50,000, to expand a weekend and summer science program for high school girls.
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project, $45,000 for a program that helps first-generation college women get into school, get financial aid, and graduate.
  • Ballet Hispanico, $90,000 to provide three-year fellowships to eight young dancers.
  • Ballet Tech Foundation, $90,000 to provide two-year fellowships to 12 ballet dancers.
  • Bloomingdale School of Music, $60,000 to provide six young musicians with two-year fellowships.
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $30,000 to provide two-year jazz fellowships to five Brooklyn teens.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, $60,000 to provide two-year design fellowships for six high school students.
  • Harlem School of the Arts, $90,000 to provide two-year fellowships for ten dance, music, and theater students.
  • Maysles Institute, $80,000 to provide four high school juniors with two-year fellowships in film.
  • National Dance Institute, $50,000 to provide four students with two-year dance fellowships.
  • Pratt Institute, $60,000 to provide three-year art and design fellowships to three Brooklyn students.
  • Third Street Music School Settlement, $80,000 to provide three-year music fellowships to four students.
  • Urban Word NYC, $80,000 to provide eight students with two-year poetry fellowships.
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City, $90,000 to provide nine students with two-year music fellowships.
  • Cave Canem Foundation, $30,000 for a new website.
  • Chez Bushwick, $50,000 for business planning.
  • Chocolate Factory Theater, $70,000 for a strategic plan.
  • Harlem Stage, $60,000 to plan for the broadcast of "Live on Harlem Stage."  
  • Monica Bill Barnes and Company, $50,000 to help a dance company self-produce its work.
  • Pregones Theater, $110,000 to complete the merger of two Latino theaters.
  • UrbanGlass, $30,000 to improve data management.   
  • Actors Fund, $30,000 to help current and retired performers over 50 get health insurance.
  • Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY, $185,000 to develop a medical billing and coding training program for blind and visually impaired people.
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, $100,000 to help this leading community health center join with Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE), and the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center to provide coordinated health care services.
  • Civic Consulting NYC, $150,000 to help the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation attract and retain newly insured patients.
  • Community Service Society of New York, $90,000 to study ways to provide health care to undocumented immigrants.
  • New York Integrated Network for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, $75,000 to develop the City's first managed care organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Treatment Action Group, $40,000 to work with State and City government on a plan to end AIDS.
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation, $76,000 to study stem cells with the potential to treat Parkinson's and heart disease.  


  • Mount Sinai Hospital, $80,000 to diagnose and treat adolescents with trauma.
  • Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), $130,000 to train special and general education public school teachers to work with children with autism.
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, New York City Chapter, $40,000 to improve a program that trains home health aides working with clients with dementia.
  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $100,000 to publish articles and videos about the lives and contributions of older adults in the City in order to dispel negative stereotypes about senior citizens.   
  • Legal Action Center, $150,000 to improve access to drug treatment for substance abusers with criminal records.
  • Maimonides Medical Center, $100,000 to coordinate health, mental health, and substance abuse services for people leaving Rikers Island.  
  • Campaign for Children, $25,000 to monitor the City's expansion of prekindergarten and afterschool systems and its planning for increased infant and toddler care.   
  • Common Cause Education Fund, $60,000 to examine laws, regulations, and policies that control the disposition of the City's public assets.
  • New York Public Radio, $75,000 to expand news coverage of local policies affecting income inequality.  
  • Center for New York City Neighborhoods, $60,000 for public education and outreach on loan modification scams and foreclosure rescue fraud.
  • Common Ground Community Housing Development Fund Corporation, $50,000 to contract with developers to manage the subsidized affordable housing components of private housing development projects.
  • New Economy Project, $60,000 to support the creation of community land trusts as a source of housing for extremely low-income individuals and families.  
  • Civitas Citizens, $55,000 to engage East Harlem and Upper East Side residents in planning and advocacy for waterfront development.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $30,000 to help small Bronx vendors overcome obstacles to getting contracts with Bronx institutions.
  • Pratt Institute, $60,000 to develop a pilot green infrastructure planning program in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn.
  • Union Settlement Association, $50,000 for a broad coalition, called the Alliance, to improve social and economic conditions in East Harlem.
  • New York City Workforce Development Fund, $125,000 for joint grantmaking in workforce development.
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, $75,000 to work with employers to improve the quality of jobs in the restaurant industry.
  • Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO), $100,000 to help individuals succeed and stay financially independent as they move from cash assistance to jobs.  
  • Campaign for Atlantic Offshore Wind, $160,000 and Clean Energy Group, $75,000 to accelerate offshore wind power development along the Atlantic Coast.
  • University of Delaware, $100,000 to conduct research and analysis to support offshore wind development along the Atlantic coast.  
  • Clean and Healthy New York, $50,000 to build grassroots support for federal and New York State chemical policy reform.
  • Environmental Advocates of New York, $75,000 to build public support for power sector reforms that help achieve State climate goals.
  • Move NY, $100,000 to advocate for a fair tolling and transportation reinvestment plan for the New York metropolitan region.
  • Rocky Mountain Institute, $100,000 to support New York State's effort to restructure its power sector to become more efficient and sustainable. 
  • Clean Air Task Force, $125,000 to strengthen federal and state efforts to reduce methane pollution.
  • In Our Backyards, $100,000 to expand a national online platform for funding community environmental sustainability projects.   
  • Smart Growth America, $100,000 for a national campaign to promote sustainable transportation policies at the state and federal level.
  • Wild Bird Fund, $64,000 to provide medical care to injured wild birds.
The New York Community Trust
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and its suburbs-and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2013 with assets of $2.4 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $141 million. The Trust welcomes new donors.


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