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4/9/15 - New Grants Announced by New York Community Trust: $4.3 Million to 40 Nonprofits across the City and Nationally

CONTACT Amy Wolf (212) 686-0010 x234,

New York (April 9, 2015) – The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, announces grants that make New York a better place to live, work, and play. With our support, nonprofits help the formerly incarcerated find jobs, get tech professionals teaching in high school classrooms, help gay and lesbian immigrants gain asylum, and phase-out leaded fuel and paint. The following 40 grants were approved in our April board meeting and total $4.3 million. Please contact Amy Wolf at if you are member of the media and would like one-page descriptions of any of the grants.


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: $300,000 to Center for Economic Opportunity for Project Rise, an educational paid internship program that gets unemployed high school dropouts, ages 17-24, prepared for work.

HELP WANTED: $200,000 to JobsFirstNYC to manage and expand sector employment partnerships for unemployed young people. Each partnership includes a community group to provide social and educational support; a skills training organization; an employer; and access to advanced training.

JOBS FOR THE PAROLED: $100,000 to Fortune Society for Career Pathways, which helps the formerly incarcerated find jobs through training, search help, and coaching on how to respond to inquiries about criminal histories.

HAVE A RECORD, NEED A JOB: $75,000 to Youth Represent to provide legal help to young people take steps to clean up their criminal records, avoid further legal trouble, and get jobs.


RENT FREEZE: $130,000 to Community Service Society of New York to help eligible elderly and disabled New Yorkers enroll in a program to freeze their high rents.

PERMANENT HOUSING FOR FORMERLY HOMELESS: $170,000 to Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO) to improve chances of success for working families moving from City shelters to permanent housing in the Bronx.

AVOIDING EVICTION: $155,000 to University Settlement Society of New York for non-lawyers to help unrepresented tenants navigate Brooklyn housing court.


NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT AWARDS: $100,000 to Citizens Committee for New York City for awards to volunteer-led neighborhood improvement projects that coordinate with government agencies.

BOROUGH NEWS: $50,000 to City Limits for the Bronx Bureau, an online news source covering the Bronx.


GREEN ECONOMY: $100,000 to BlueGreen Alliance Foundation to build support of labor for federal clean power efforts.

CLEAN ENERGY CHAMPIONS: $100,000 to Climate Parents to make parents effective advocates for limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

PREVENTING LEAD POISONING: $75,000 to Friends of the Earth to phase-out the use of leaded aviation fuel, the single largest source of lead pollution in the nation; and $100,000 to International POPs Elimination Network to accelerate the phase-out of leaded paint around the world.

CLEANER TRANSPORTATION: $125,000 to Georgetown University to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector in the Northeast.

WATERFRONT FOR EVERYONE: $100,000 to Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance to coordinate development of resilient waterfront design standards for the City and region.

SAVE THE BUTTERFLIES: $110,000 to Monarch Joint Venture to support creation of monarch habitat on farms and other private lands in the Upper Midwest; and $75,000 to Natural Resources Defense Council to promote conservation of pollinator-friendly, monarch habitat on public lands in New York and Illinois.

CLIMATE RESILIENCE: $75,000 to New York City Environmental Justice Alliance to help low-income communities become more climate resilient by pushing for post-flood testing of soil and air; emergency housing and transportation plans for elderly and disabled residents; and other measures.

A Stronger Nonprofit Sector

ARTS MANAGEMENT: $60,000 to EmcArts for a leadership development program for culturally diverse mid-level arts managers.

BRONX NONPROFITS: $120,000 to Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of CUNY to strengthen the capacity of community leaders and nonprofit organizations serving the Bronx.

BETTER CONTRACTS: $100,000 to Human Services Council of New York City to participate in the City’s interagency task force to improve nonprofit contracting procedures.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: $30,000 to Independent Sector for an all-day leadership development event for senior managers who report directly to chief executive officers.

NATURALLY OCCURRING CULTURAL DISTRICTS: $50,000 to NOCD-NY to help community-based arts groups and artists become better advocates for policies that benefit their sector.

STRONGER ARTS GROUPS: $204,000 to Nonprofit Finance Fund to strengthen the financial capacity of small arts groups.


HELPING THE SUSPENDED: $75,000 to Advocates for Children of New York to advocate for reducing student suspension and keep students in school while improving classroom management.

COLLEGE SCIENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS: $60,000 to Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health for an after-school and weekend Health Science Academy that brings Brooklyn high school students into SUNY Downstate Medical Center labs to learn biology, anatomy, and physiology.

ARTS ADVOCACY: $60,000 to Center for Arts Education to ensure City public school students receive a well-rounded education that includes the arts.

WHILE MOM OR DAD IS AT SCHOOL: $50,000 to Center for Children’s Initiatives to help young children at high school and college day care facilities with emotional and social development. Parents and teachers are taught ways to assess behavior and respond appropriately.

GETTING INTO THE RIGHT SCHOOL: $80,000 to Learning Leaders to help families complete middle and high school applications.

CODING IN SCHOOL: $115,000 to ScriptEd to expand a program that recruits volunteer software engineers to teach website development to City high school students.

ENGLISH THROUGH ARTS: $107,000 to Urban Arts Partnership to train teachers to help dual language middle school students improve English language skills through the arts.

Historic Preservation

NATION’S FIRST CAPITOL: $62,000 to National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy for an architectural and engineering assessment of Federal Hall, the site of our nation’s first capitol building. 

Human Justice

ASYLUM FOR LGBT IMMIGRANTS:  $75,000 to Immigration Equality to help gay and lesbian immigrants facing persecution and danger in their home countries apply for residency in the United States.

LEGAL HELP ON STATEN ISLAND: $55,000 to Legal Services NYC to expand legal help for immigrants on Staten Island.


HEAD START IN HEALTH CARE: $110,000 to Jewish Home Lifecare to expand a program that prepares disadvantaged young people for careers in health care and geriatrics. The program includes summer jobs, academic tutoring, college tours, and certification courses.

BECOMING INSURED: $115,000 to New York State Health Foundation to help low-income New Yorkers get health insurance through the State insurance exchange.

MAPPING HEALTH CARE: $100,000 to New York University School of Medicine to develop and test an interactive health map of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Two Bridges neighborhoods.

NYS HEALTH PLANS: $150,000 to United Hospital Fund of New York to conduct research on affordability and access of State plans and advise officials who operate New York State’s health insurance exchange.


GERIATRIC TRAINING FOR NURSES: $200,000 to New York University College of Nursing to prepare nurses to manage the complex needs of an older population.

SUPPORTING HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS: $150,000 to Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute to improve the quality of care provided for elders and people with disabilities through training, advancement, and better compensation for home health care workers.


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 2014 with assets of nearly $2.6 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $165 million (unaudited). The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at




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