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10/5/15 - New York Community Trust gives $8.7 million to 84 nonprofits across the City and nationally

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

New York (Oct. 5, 2015) – The New York Community Trust, the City’s community foundation, announces grants to improve the environment, arts, education, and other areas. With our support, nonprofits will lead and analyze efforts to improve health in the South Bronx; redesign homeless shelters, gather research on treating and preventing hip fractures; help unaccompanied immigrant minors; and train gifted young artists. These are just a few of the dozens of projects (ranging from 12 to 36 months) funded by the grants below.

In all, 84 grants totaling $8.7 million were approved at our October board meeting. Please contact Amy Wolf at if you are member of the media and would like more details on any of the grants.

The conditions and environment in which people live, work, and play greatly affect health and longevity. “In our City, a person’s ZIP code is a better predictor of health than one’s genetic code,” says senior program officer Irfan Hasan. The Bronx ranks as the county with the State’s worst health status, particularly in the South Bronx neighborhoods of Mott Haven, Morrisania, and Hunts Point.

To combat this problem, The Trust started the South Bronx Healthy and Livable Neighborhoods program. Building on planning grants made last December, the three groups below are using 2-year grants to carry out projects that will improve access to healthy food, upgrade parks and open spaces, and make use of City agency resources to improve health and wellness in their communities.  

BronxWorks (Mott Haven), $250,000
Claremont Neighborhood Centers (Morrisania), $250,000
Urban Health Plan (Hunts Point), $250,000

INCLUDEnyc, $80,000 to help high school students with disabilities advocate for their educational needs and succeed in City public schools.

myFace, $50,000 to expand clinical speech therapy services for children and youth with craniofacial deformities.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $100,000 for a coordinated effort to strengthen services for young people who are blind or visually impaired.

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, $125,000 to train staff at public hospitals in the City to provide palliative care, especially to rehabilitation patients.

New York Immigration Coalition, $180,000 to improve health care for undocumented immigrants. The coalition will inform them about available health services; look at policy changes affecting coverage for uninsured immigrants; and advocate and lobby for better systems and policies.

Planned Parenthood of New York City, $125,000 to expand reproductive health services for girls and young women at a new clinic in Long Island City, Queens. Last year, a Trust grant helped create this clinic.

Health care reform is changing how community health centers are reimbursed by Medicaid. The old fee-for-service model is being replaced by reimbursement based on patient experience and outcomes. These grants will help health centers adapt to the new model:

Community Health Care Association of New York State, $150,000, and Primary Care Development Corporation, $150,000 to help dozens of local community health centers adapt to “value-based payments.”

HIV Center at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, $60,000 to study and prevent HIV transmission among transgender people.

Queens Community House, $40,000 for recreation and social services for gay and lesbian elders in Jackson Heights.

New York Academy of Medicine, $135,000 for a research fellowship focused on preventing, treating, and rehabilitating hip fractures.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, $80,000 to train staff at the City’s Division of Adult Protective Services to identify and address elder abuse.

Service Program for Older People, $120,000 to coordinate physical and mental health services for homebound seniors.

SUNY College of Optometry, $120,000 to expand vision services for homebound seniors, including those who speak Spanish.

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, $75,000 to add a mental health clinic to this Flushing, Queens agency serving Korean immigrants.

Legal Action Center, $150,000 to improve access to drug treatment for people with substance use disorders and criminal records.

Outreach Project, $85,000 to help women struggling with addiction achieve long-term recovery.

DRUM-Desis Rising Up and Moving, $40,000 to build leadership skills and confidence of South Asian immigrant girls and women through workshops, civic involvement, and art classes.

Girls Incorporated of New York City, $150,000 to improve the lives and academic performance of middle and high school girls in Brownsville and Bushwick in Brooklyn, and Stapleton on Staten Island.

Intrepid Museum Foundation, $50,000 to provide summer science programming and paid internships to high school girls.

South Bronx Educational Foundation, $35,000 to prepare young women from low-income neighborhoods for college and jobs through summer internships and training programs, tutoring and SAT prep, and mentoring from Fordham University students.

Graduate Center of the City University of New York, $90,000
to analyze local supply and demand for middle-skills jobs, which include dental assistants, radiological technicians, and web developers.

National Employment Law Project, $75,000 to promote and monitor the City’s newly expanded Fair Chance Act, which prohibits many employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal convictions until after a job offer is made.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, $87,000 to train home-based child care providers to help young children eat better and exercise more.

Gateway Demonstration Assistance Corporation, $100,000 for a pilot program to redesign City homeless shelters, including five sites in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. It will design 400 units of transitional and affordable housing along with child care, education, health care, and job training facilities.  

Graham Windham, $100,000 to expand a new approach, called Graham SLAM, which helps young people transition out of foster care and into college or jobs. Together, foster youth and their coaches identify goals, strengths, and support needed, and then create accessible and realistic plans.

MFY Legal Services, $150,000 to provide legal assistance and social services to relatives caring for children in the Bronx, abandoned by parents.

Nurse-Family Partnership, $100,000 to provide pregnant low-income women with prenatal care, home visits by registered nurses, and other services.

United Neighborhood Houses, $50,000 to help settlement houses manage project and funding data better with a new software.

Brooklyn Defender Services, $65,000 to continue a case management program for young court-involved people in Brooklyn to help them stay out of jail and get services.

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $180,000 to serve as the central coordinator for the City’s gang-violence-prevention initiative.

Hetrick-Martin Institute, $100,000 to get homeless gay teenagers into emergency or transitional housing and provide them with health and social services.

NYC Service, $60,000 to start a paid service-year program for unemployed young adults that includes funds for education, transportation costs, and other benefits.

Save Our Streets South Bronx, $35,000 to expand an anti-gang-violence program in the South Bronx.

Westside After-School Collaborative, $80,000 to help an alliance of West Side settlement houses coordinate after-school programming focused on the arts.

Young Invincibles, $90,000 to recommend improvements to New York’s Urban Youth Jobs Program.

New York Public Radio, $75,000 to produce news stories on local policies affecting income inequality, including a series covering gentrification in Brooklyn and one about Rikers Island.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, $100,000 to work with other legal service providers, including CAMBA, Fordham Law School, MFY Legal Services, and the Urban Justice Center to plan a unified online system to compile consumer debt cases.


Catholic Charities Community Services, Legal Aid Society, and The Door, $90,000 each to provide legal help to immigrant children who arrive without a parent and face deportation.

Immigrant Justice Corps, $100,000 to train non-lawyers to provide immigration legal help through community groups.

JustLeadershipUSA, $60,000 for a campaign to fix or close Rikers Island.

Legal Services NYC, $90,000 to help New Yorkers who do not speak English get government benefits and services to which they are entitled.

Citizens Housing and Planning Council, $90,000 to research the effects of demographic changes on neighborhood housing markets.

The Financial Clinic, $85,000 to advocate for better access to earned income tax credits for low-wage workers who are paid in cash.

New Economy Project, $65,000 to support the creation of community land trusts as a source of housing for poor people and families.

Supportive Housing Network of New York, $100,000 to develop systems to place high-cost Medicaid users in supportive housing.

Campaign for Atlantic Offshore Wind, $125,000 to accelerate offshore wind power development along the Atlantic coast.

Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development, $75,000 to advocate for transmission upgrades needed to develop wind and solar energy resources.

University of Delaware, $75,000 to support the development of the nation’s offshore wind energy resources along the Atlantic coast.

Clean Production Action, $75,000 to inform consumers how companies use toxic chemicals by developing “chemical footprint” profiles.

State Alliance for Federal Reform of Chemicals Policy, $75,000 to advocate for state and federal chemical policy reform such as: advocating for new state laws that require manufacturers to disclose their use of toxic chemicals; support state bans on phthalates in vinyl flooring and blinds, and on some flame retardants in textiles and electronics.

Design Trust for Public Space, $100,000 to use planters and other absorbent features to reduce water pollution and flooding from the City’s elevated transportation infrastructure.  

Governors Island Alliance, $50,000 to expand volunteer programs, corporate partnerships, and advocacy efforts that support Governors Island.

Trust for Public Land, $100,000
to support transforming an abandoned rail line in Queens into a 3.5-mile park.


Wildlife Conservation Society, $100,000 to protect wildlife in the Northern Rockies by connecting fragmented habitat.

Edward and Sally Van Lier set up a fund to help gifted young artists with limited incomes. This year, grants to seven organizations totaling $896,000 will help train 36 gifted young artists after they’ve graduated from college:
  • Asian American Arts Alliance, $150,000 to provide one-year fellowships for six artists in theater, music, and visual art.
  • International Studio & Curatorial Program, $150,000 to provide six-month residencies for six emerging visual artists.
  • Lark Theatre Company, $150,000 to provide yearlong fellowships for six playwrights.
  • Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, $90,000 to provide two-year fellowships for three dancers.
  • Movement Research, $120,000 to provide one-year fellowships for six dancers.
  • Museum of Arts and Design, $120,000 to provide 16-week fellowships for six visual artists.
  • New Dramatists, $116,000 to provide two-year fellowships to three playwrights.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, $150,000 to plan for the development of space for artists to live and work in Jamaica.
Community-Word Project, $55,000 to use poetry and arts instruction to meet Common Core standards in five elementary and middle schools in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and Astoria, Queens.

Education Through Music, $80,000 to strengthen music programs in low-income schools.

New-York Historical Society, $60,000 to test new curricula that use visual arts to teach students about slavery, the Civil War, immigration, and the Industrial Revolution in middle schools in Mount Hope and Longwood in the Bronx, and Inwood in Manhattan.

Queens Theatre, $50,000 to use theater to help non-native English speakers in four Queens elementary and middle schools meet Common Core standards.

Repertorio Español, $180,000
to use bilingual theater instruction to meet Common Core learning standards in 12 Bronx and Manhattan schools.

Urban Word NYC, $90,000 to use hip-hop language arts instruction to meet Common Core learning standards in 20 City middle schools. Work by artists such as Kanye West and Tupac Shakur will be used alongside texts by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

Bank Street College of Education, $120,000 to create a fellowship program for school leaders to improve reading instruction in high-poverty City schools.

Creative Arts Team, $470,000 to help teachers use drama to improve students’ reading skills in nine elementary schools.

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, $30,000 to change policies and procedures in several City agencies to reduce suspensions and arrests in schools.

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, $90,000 to help schools improve students’ social skills and manage bad behavior.

Children’s Aid Society, $100,000 to help “community schools” meet citywide standards. Community schools work with nonprofits to engage families, provide health and social services, and offer summer and after-school programs.

New Teacher Center, $75,000 to train teachers and principals to mentor new teachers.

Public Policy Institute of New York State, $45,000 to coordinate a statewide network of public high schools that combines high school, college, and career training in a six-year program.  

School Leaders Network, $50,000
to help principals improve their schools.

Historic House Trust of New York City, $100,000 to improve visitor experiences at the Lewis H. Latimer House in Flushing, Queens, and Inwood’s Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the last remaining Dutch Colonial farmhouse in the City.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, $64,000 to provide medical care to guide dogs.

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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. The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at


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