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10/13/16 - More than $12 Million in Grants Announced by The New York Community Trust in Largest Round of the Year.


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

Sixty-nine grants will help unaccompanied immigrant children get legal help, improve reading in public elementary schools, provide mental health for female veterans, and much more.

(New York, October 13, 2016) – More than $12 million in grants have just been approved by The New York Community Trust to help 69 nonprofits. Some highlights: 
  • Only 30 percent of the City’s third-graders can read at grade level. We are devoting $4,265,000 from our Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education to improve the reading skills of young students in low-performing schools by improving teacher instruction and evaluating the City’s efforts to improve literacy in young children. “It’s not easy to teach children to read, let alone 30 at once—yet many teachers in our public schools haven’t received enough high-quality, practical training on the science of teaching reading,” says Shawn Morehead, program director for education at The Trust.  
  • Forty percent of seniors don’t understand the dangers of mixing alcohol with prescription drugs. “Paired with blood thinners and other common prescription drugs, even moderate drinking can lead to anemia, dangerous changes in blood chemistry, fractures from falls, and seizures,” says Rachel Pardoe, program officer for people with special needs at The Trust. A $75,000 grant to Fordham University will design and test a program to inform seniors about these risks.
  • Homelessness among female veterans is on the rise as more come home from service with post-traumatic stress disorder and as survivors of military sexual trauma. If these women don’t have homes, they may lose custody of their children. A $95,000 grant to Housing + Solutions will provide improved mental health services to these veterans living in supportive family housing in Brooklyn. 
  • More than 355 bird species live or take refuge in New York City during the spring and fall migrations. Many are injured or abandoned. So, for the second time, we are helping the Wild Bird Fund with a grant of $61,000 to care for our feathered friends. 

Whether supporting children or the elderly, birds or buildings, funds left through wills, bequests, and estates allow us to promote healthy lives, promising futures, and thriving communities. All 69 grants are described below. Please contact Amy Wolf if you’re a member of the press and would like more information on any of these grants. 

The following three grants from our Brooke Astor Fund for Education will help 139 City elementary schools improve reading skills. 
  • Fund for Public Schools, $1,175,000 to expand the City’s efforts to improve reading in the early grades, and evaluate what’s working.
  • ReadWorks, $803,000 to create online reading-comprehension resources and share them with schools and teachers.
  • Teaching Matters, $2,287,000 to train teachers to provide high-quality reading instruction in the early grades in three Bronx school districts.
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, $150,000 to provide rehearsal space for central Brooklyn performing artists at its Center for Arts & Culture.
  • Center for Arts Education, $243,000 to create an online map of arts education for use by students, parents, educators, arts groups, and government officials.
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, $100,000 to help the Pare Lorentz Film Center create, share, and promote educational films using digital media and animation.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, $260,000 for a master’s program to train and certify music, dance, and theater teachers for City schools.
The Trust periodically makes scholarship grants to nonprofits based on the charitable wishes of donors who’ve set up permanent funds. This grant is made possible by the Charlotte Daniels Harris Memorial Fund, created to help high school students studying music.
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City, $180,000 to provide scholarships for five promising music students. 
  • New York University, $97,000 to gather data to help improve New York City’s special education system.    
  • Student Success Network-NYC, $100,000 to help schools and youth development nonprofits use data to improve students’ problem-solving and social skills. 
  • Urban Assembly, $85,000 to help nine City high schools create or maintain State-approved career and technical education (commonly known as CTE) programs that prepare students for careers.
  • These two $50,000 grants will help staff talk with girls in their programs about issues of race, culture, class, and gender: Figure Skating in Harlem and Row New York. 
  • Girls Inc. of New York City, $150,000 to expand programs in Brooklyn and Staten Island for at-risk middle- and high-school girls that address sexual health, media and economic literacy, and college readiness.  
These two grants follow eight grants made in June totaling $550,000 to help Muslim, Arab, and South Asian New Yorkers organize their communities and highlight their contributions to the City: 
  • Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services, $39,000 to improve social services for Bangladeshi immigrants living in East New York. 
  • CUNY School of Law Foundation, $100,000 to provide legal help to Muslim New Yorkers targeted for surveillance. 
These three $90,000 grants provide legal help to immigrant children who arrive without a parent and face deportation proceedings: Catholic Charities Community Services, The Door, and Legal Aid Society.
Internationals Network for Public Schools, $80,000

to help teachers and principals in this network of 15 high schools improve instruction for newly arrived teenage immigrants with limited or interrupted formal education.

  • JustLeadershipUSA, $75,000 for a campaign to fix or close Rikers Island. The campaign includes pressing for faster trials, bail reform, and transferring 16- and 17-year-olds and all women off Rikers and into safer facilities near their families. 
  • BRC, $200,000 to operate a new building in the Bronx that will include a 200-bed homeless shelter and 135 units of permanent housing for very low-income families and individuals.  
  • Bridge Fund of New York Inc., $500,000 for cash assistance and counseling to low-income, working families at risk of losing their homes. 
  • Gateway Demonstration Assistance Corporation, $200,000 to redesign and build new homeless shelters that also have permanent housing and social services on-site. 
  • Housing + Solutions, $95,000 to increase access to mental health services for homeless female veterans, many of whom are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or sexual trauma. 
  • Graham Windham, $200,000 to expand a program that helps young people in foster care graduate from high school and take on careers, college, and adult responsibilities. 
  • MFY Legal Services Inc., $150,000 to provide legal assistance and social services to grandparents and other relatives caring for abandoned children in the Bronx. 
  • New Yorkers for Children, $84,000 to help social workers get children in foster care into permanent homes by improving visits with birth parents.   
  • Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $280,000 to coordinate the City’s gang-violence-prevention initiative and strengthen the 18 City-funded Cure Violence groups. 
  • Brooklyn Alliance, $120,000 to train and place job seekers with food, beverage, design, and clothing manufacturers in Brooklyn.  
  • Hope Program, $100,000 to strengthen employment services for young adults who lack work experience, are recovering from addiction, or have felony convictions. 
  • National Employment Law Project, $75,000 to continue to promote and monitor New York City’s Fair Chance Act, which helps prevent discrimination against job seekers with criminal records. 
  • Phipps Neighborhoods, $100,000 to train young adults in the Bronx, ages 18 to 26, for jobs in health care through a partnership with Hostos Community College, Montefiore Health System, and other employers. 
  • Queens Connect, $75,000 to expand a 14-week training program that prepares participants to pass the State food-handler certificate exam and get jobs with food companies in Queens.
  • University of the State of New York Regents Research Fund, $93,000 to improve programs that prepare people without high school diplomas for New York’s new high school equivalency test. 
  • Workforce Professionals Training Institute, $150,000 to build the capacity of the workforce development field. 
  • Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, $150,000 to help board members and executive staff of behavioral health agencies adapt to managed care. 
  • Community Health Care Association of New York State, $300,000 to help community health centers add social conditions (e.g. income, ethnicity, access to housing) to newly created value-based payment systems so they can be adequately reimbursed.  
  • God’s Love We Deliver, $80,000 to advocate for Medicaid coverage of medically tailored home-delivered meals for the chronically ill. 
  • Fordham University, $75,000 to design, test, and replicate a program that informs seniors about the risks of drinking alcohol while taking medications. The program will be tested at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging and three other senior centers. 
  • INCLUDEnyc, $100,000 to help high school students with disabilities advocate for their educational needs and succeed in school. 
  • myFace, $50,000 to expand parent workshops and clinical speech therapy for children and youth with craniofacial deformities. 
Edward and Sally Van Lier set up a fund in The Trust 25 years ago to help gifted young artists with limited incomes. Since then, the fund has assisted 1,837 young artists, most of whom are people of color. This year, $900,000 in grants to seven groups will help train 76 gifted dancers, musicians, filmmakers, thespians, and visual artists ages 12 to 17 through The New York Community Trust's Van Lier Fellowship Program.

  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships to eight young dancers, half of whom are boys.
  • Ballet Tech Foundation, $150,000 to provide three-year fellowships to nine dance students.
  • Bloomingdale School of Music, $80,000 to provide two-year fellowships to eight young musicians.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, $150,000 to provide two-year fellowships to six dance students.
  • El Puente, $100,000 to provide two-year multidisciplinary fellowships to eight Brooklyn teens.
  • Ghetto Film School, $60,000 to provide 15-month media and film fellowships to 16 students.
  • Rosie’s Theater Kids, $120,000 to provide three-year fellowships to five musical-theater students.
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, $80,000 to provide eight-month visual-arts fellowships to four teens.
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City, $100,000 to provide two-year fellowships to 12 young singers.
  • Brooklyn Movement Center, $70,000 for an online news service, Brooklyn Deep, created by and for community residents in central Brooklyn.
  • Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, $410,000 to establish community land trusts to stabilize low-income buildings in East Harlem and South Bronx neighborhoods.
  • Grameen America, $50,000 to digitize the organization’s micro-loan program and help immigrant female entrepreneurs use smartphones for financial transactions.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, $100,000 to preserve limited-equity co-ops as a source of affordable home ownership.
  • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, $70,000 for a worker-owned cooperative business in Washington Heights run largely by victims of domestic violence. 
  • United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $80,000 to expand the use of centralized data management software among settlement houses. 
  • Alliance for Clean Energy New York, $200,000 to support the development of large-scale renewable power in New York State.
  • Fifth Avenue Committee, $65,000 to help public housing developments near the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
  • NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management), $75,000 to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles in Northeast and West Coast states.
  • Sierra Club Foundation, $100,000 to organize parents to be effective advocates for clean energy policies and federal power plant rules limiting carbon pollution in dozens of states. 
  • Healthier Products Coalition, $150,000 to accelerate the removal of toxic chemicals in consumer products.
  • International POPs Elimination Network, $200,000 to accelerate the phase-out of lead paint around the world.
  • Kitchen Table Campaigns, $100,000 to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products by supporting stronger federal regulations and better retailer policies.
In Our Backyards, $60,000 to help citizen-led projects focused on urban agriculture in East Harlem, the Lower East Side, Brownsville, Hunts Point, Morrisania, and Claremont find funding and volunteers through an online crowd-funding site. 
Monarch Joint Venture, $105,000 to support creation of monarch habitats on Midwestern farms and other private lands.
Urban Green Council, $61,000 to push for greener building codes in New York City.
Wild Bird Fund, $61,000 to provide medical care to injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds in New York City, including ducks, geese, sparrows, golden eagles, and falcons. 

The New York Community Trust connects past and present generous New Yorkers with nonprofits that ensure healthy lives, thriving communities, and promising futures. We are the community foundation for New York City, Westchester, and Long Island—with a permanent endowment dedicated to improving our region through strategic grantmaking, civic engagement, and smart philanthropy.  

Through our competitive grants program, made possible with money left by bequest, we fund programs that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, especially those most in need. Name an issue area, and chances are we fund it—from helping young people in poor neighborhoods to promoting equity in the arts, from making our environment healthier to improving our schools.  


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