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6/4/15 - New York Community Trust gives $9.1 Million to 79 Nonprofits Across the City and Nationally

For Immediate Release

Amy Wolf (212) 686-0010 x234,
David Marcus (212) 686-0010 x224

New York Community Trust gives $9.1 million to 79 Nonprofits Across the City and Nationally

New York (June 4, 2015) – The New York Community Trust, the City’s community foundation, announces more than $9 million in grants to improve the environment, arts, education, and other areas. With our support, nonprofits will expand a teen leadership program in Queens, support small businesses in the Bronx, and train students in poor neighborhoods to become emergency medical technicians—along with dozens of other projects across the City and nationally.

In all, 79 grants were approved in our June board meeting and total $9.12 million. These grants are possible because of thousands of New Yorkers—from a cabbie to Brooke Astor—wanted to give back to New York City and beyond. The Trust welcomes you to become a donor and set up a fund today.

Please contact Amy Wolf at if you are member of the media and you would like detailed descriptions and other information about any of the grants.

Literacy in the Early Grades

The following grants are from the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education:

After-School Corporation, $366,000; CAMBA, $190,000; Chinese-American Planning Council, $190,000; and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $195,000  to improve reading instruction in afterschool programs run by community groups across the City.

Hunter College of CUNY, $427,000 to help teachers provide high quality early reading instruction in East Harlem schools with large numbers of English language learners.

Union Settlement Association, $441,000 to use photography to help English language learners in East Harlem improve their reading skills.

More Education Grants

Generation Schools Network, $50,000 to help schools put teacher and student time to better use.

Computers for Youth Foundation, $75,000 to help middle school students use technology to improve math skills in 15 schools across the City.

Coro New York Leadership Center, $75,000 to train students to advise education policymakers.

The New School, Center for New York City Affairs, $160,000 to promote more socio-economically integrated elementary schools.

Urban Assembly, $90,000 to better prepare City high school students for careers.  

Historic Preservation

New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project, $50,000 for a coordinator to survey and document City historic and cultural sites reflecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history.

New York University, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, $99,000 to analyze the impact of the City’s 50-year-old landmarks law.

Human Justice

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, $80,000 to help rent-stabilized tenants understand and, where appropriate, benefit from a recent change in bankruptcy law.  

Pro Bono Net, $90,000 to create and test technology tools for non-lawyers helping poor New Yorkers cope with civil legal problems.

A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center, $75,000 to help people benefit from new laws protecting pregnant, nursing, and sick workers.

Jobs and Workforce Development

Brooklyn Alliance, $100,000 to help apparel, specialty food, and beverage manufacturers in Brooklyn identify and meet their labor force needs.

Center for Employment Opportunities, $150,000 to expand a skills training program for formerly incarcerated job seekers. Courses, taught at Hostos and LaGuardia Community Colleges, include plumbing, carpentry, and forklift operation.

New York City Workforce Development Fund, $200,000 for joint grantmaking in workforce development that supports New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and the Tech Talent Pipeline among other projects.

Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, $140,000 to expand workforce development services in Far Rockaway, including certification in mold remediation and hazardous waste removal.

Per Scholas, $150,000 to expand three technology skills training courses and open a new site in downtown Brooklyn.

Queens Connect, $100,000 to begin a skills training program to meet the labor force needs of food employers in Queens.

Youth Development and Gang Prevention

Crown Heights Mediation Center, $35,000 for an anti-gang violence program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

East Harlem Employment Service, $125,000 to strengthen job services for unemployed young people.

FDNY Foundation, $100,000 to expand a program that prepares disadvantaged high school students for jobs as emergency medical technicians at FDNY High School and FDNY’s training campuses on Randall’s Island and in Fort Totten, Queens.

Good Shepherd Services, $60,000 for a college preparation program for young people living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York, Brooklyn.

Man Up!, $35,000 to expand an anti-gang violence program in East New York.

New York Academy of Sciences, $75,000 to expand a program that uses trained volunteer graduate students to teach science and computer courses in 11 publicly funded afterschool programs predominantly located in central Brooklyn and Far Rockaway, Queens.

Rockaway Youth Task Force, $50,000 to expand a leadership program for Far Rockaway teenagers.

Row New York, based in Long Island City, Queens will use $170,000 to launch the Girl’s Education, Fitness, and Empowerment Exchange—an effort to bring organizations with converging missions together to share expertise and enhance their programs.

Hunger and Poverty

Bridge Fund of New York, $600,000 for cash assistance and counseling to low-income, working families at risk of losing their homes.

City Harvest, $100,000 for the citywide Healthy Neighborhoods program, which makes affordable fresh produce available in poor communities through mobile markets, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education workshops at schools.

Community Food Advocates, $50,000 to make public school lunch free for all students.

Food Bank for New York City, $250,000 to provide visitors to food pantries and kitchens across the City with help finding employment.

Social Services

Campaign for Strong Communities, $100,000 for advocacy and lobbying to address the needs of low-income New Yorkers by assembling a broad coalition to press for more resources and better policies to address poverty.

Child Care and Early Education Fund, $50,000 for a funder collaborative to improve the City’s system of early education for children before they start school.

Collaborative for Children and Families, $100,000 to help child welfare agencies adapt to managed care.

Council on Social Work Education, $136,000 to improve social work education and practice for the aged and the disabled.

Community Development

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, $65,000 to advocate for preserving industrial clusters that generate jobs in low-income neighborhoods. The group will push to create an Industrial Development Fund and promote mixed-use zoning.

Business Outreach Center Network, $70,000 to provide services to small businesses at the 11,000 square foot BXL Incubator in Hunts Point, Bronx, which the group now manages.

CDC4G Working Group, $65,000 to start a limited liability corporation for community development corporation real estate assets.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, $125,000 to help low-income neighborhoods analyze and respond to new zoning plans for affordable housing in East New York/Cypress Hills, along the Jerome Avenue corridor in southwest Bronx, and other communities.

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, $65,000 to provide counseling and other support to low-income homeowners in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

Urban Upbound, $40,000 for financial education and counseling for public housing and low-income residents in western Queens.

Civic Affairs

Brooklyn Movement Center, $60,000 to continue developing Brooklyn Deep, a local news website covering neighborhood changes and other civic topics in central Brooklyn.

LESReady!, $80,000 to support the coordinator of this coalition of community groups, small businesses, and faith organizations that emerged after superstorm Sandy to help the long-term recovery of the Lower East Side and help the community become more resilient to future disasters.

National Environment

Pesticide Action Network North America, $85,000 to expand national markets for crops grown without hazardous pesticides.

Raise the River Campaign, $125,000 to create a conservation corridor reconnecting the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez.

RE-AMP Network, $120,000 to strengthen the capacity of low-income communities in nine states to address climate and energy challenges.

Union of Concerned Scientists, $100,000 to advance healthy and sustainable food and farm policies.

UPSTREAM, $100,000 to reduce solid waste by making manufacturers responsible for disposal of their product packaging.

Regional Environment

Bronx River Alliance, $60,000 for tree planting, invasive species and litter removal, and other improvements to the banks of the Bronx River.

Clean Water Fund, $100,000 to reduce pollution from port operations in the New York Harbor.

Restore America’s Estuaries, $100,000 to promote the ecological health and climate resilience of Jamaica Bay.

Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, $70,000 to ensure the greatest possible community benefits from the proposed restructuring of the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx.

Scenic Hudson, $50,000 to conserve Hudson Valley farmland while providing wildlife habitat and strengthening climate resilience.
Sierra Club, $100,000 to increase the number of electric vehicles in New York State.

Arts and Culture

Bronx Council on the Arts, $80,000 to bring community arts into Westchester Square in Parkchester.

Classical Theatre of Harlem, $100,000 to execute a turnaround plan for its new board and staff.

Flux Factory, $58,000 to find and lease a new facility for this visual arts group, which is currently based in Queens.

Gibney Dance, $100,000 to work with Sanctuary for Families and Safe Horizons to build a training hub in Lower Manhattan for dancers working with survivors of domestic violence, foster care, cancer, and other hardships.  

Kyle Abraham/, $60,000 to train dancers for administrative roles at this Manhattan dance group.

Laundromat Project, $76,000 to start a new community arts program in Hunts Point/Longwood.

Ma-Yi Theater Company, $100,000 for a leadership transition at this prolific theater company, which is responsible for developing most of the new Asian-American plays staged in American theaters today.

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, $50,000 for a five-year operating plan in preparation for a 2018 move into a larger facility in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District.

Staten Island Children’s Museum, $80,000 to improve experiences of children and their families by hiring a visitor’s services manager and extending hours of operation.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, $150,000 to establish security and facility operation procedures for a new museum in a supportive housing development in upper Manhattan.

Urban Bush Women, $150,000 to start a new choreographic center in Brooklyn.

Helping Nonprofits Merge or Restructure

SeaChange Capital Partners, $50,000 to support nonprofit mergers and other formal alliances.

Support Center for Nonprofit Management, $40,000 to support nonprofit boards considering mergers and other forms of organizational restructuring.

Physical and Mental Health

American Heart Association, $122,000 to improve emergency care for heart attack patients by training EMTs and hospital staff how to transfer patients and medical information from the ambulance to emergency rooms faster.

Center for Urban Community Services, $100,000 to add primary care to a mental health treatment program for formerly homeless, mentally ill adults.

Community Healthcare Network, $100,000 to add and increase enrollment in complementary and alternative medicine services at two community health centers in the Lower East Side and Washington Heights.

FAIR Health, $75,000 to develop a mobile phone app to help Spanish-speaking consumers understand health care costs.

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

Healthy, Happy Elderly

Aging in New York Fund, $150,000 to improve access to good food at five senior centers.

Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project LDC, $40,000 to develop an aging-friendly district in Brooklyn.

National Council on Aging, $100,000 to bring to the City a program that encourages seniors to engage in productive, healthy activities.

LGBT Community

Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, $150,000 for a substance treatment program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Manhattan, the first of its kind in the United States.


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 $158 million. The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at


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