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2/4/11 - Thirty Nonprofits Get $3,860,000 in Grants from The New York Community Trust

Contact: Ani Hurwitz, VP, Communications
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Thirty Nonprofits Get $3,860,000 in Grants from The New York Community Trust

Feb. 4, New YorkThe board of The New York Community Trust, the City’s largest private funder of nonprofits, yesterday approved its first 2011 grants. “We’re always looking for those moments when the stars align and we’re presented with an opportunity to make a difference,” said Joyce Bove, senior vice president for grants and special projects.  “We have such a moment with the State’s juvenile justice system, which is receiving much-needed attention from both the mayor and the governor. Two grants continue our efforts to overhaul the dreadful treatment of young offenders.”

Other grants will help improve mass transit; strengthen restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions; improve conditions in illegal boarding houses; and monitor how disabled children are faring in our public schools.

Each of the following grants has a story behind it. Contact Ani Hurwitz at 212.686.0010 x224 or
afh@nyct-cfi.orgto learn more.


  • Fordham University School of Law, $96,000 to train retired lawyers to represent poor people in civil cases.
  • Juvenile Justice Advocacy and Action Project, $125,000 to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the City and State.
  • Public Interest Projects, $100,000 for the New York activities of a national effort to reform state juvenile justice systems.
  • Legal Services NYC, $700,000 to continue a partnership with the Legal Aid Society that provides legal services for poor New Yorkers facing destitution.
  • MFY Legal Services, $65,000 to improve conditions for poor, mentally ill people living in some of the City’s 300 illegal, unhealthy, and over-crowded boarding houses.


  • Advocates for Children of New York, $80,000 for the Action for Reform in Special Education Coalition (ARISE) to monitor how disabled children are faring in public schools. It will help parents and educators understand how to use the Children First Networks to get services for disabled children.
  • Alliance for Quality Education, $100,000 for advocacy to redirect money in the State education budget to high-needs schools.
  • Children’s Aid Society, $35,000 for mentors and schools working with students who are chronically absent.
  • New York Academy of Sciences, $65,000 to expand a program that uses trained graduate students to teach science courses in after-school programs.


  • Fund for Public Advocacy, $100,000 for research and advocacy to restructure the City’s retired employee health care and pension funds.
  • Human Services Council of New York City, $100,000 to promote cost-savings in government-funded human services.
  • One NYC One Nation Fund, $100,000 for a new funder group established by the One Nation Foundation to increase the participation of immigrants in civic life and promote cooperation across diverse communities.
  • Sustainable Transit Campaign, $100,000 to build support for State legislation that promises to reduce traffic congestion and generate permanent revenue for the City’s transit system. Current Campaign members include the Partnership for NYC, the Citizens Budget Commission, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Working Families Party.


  • Habitat for Humanity New York City, $25,000 to involve volunteers in community improvement projects in neighborhoods with public housing projects.
  • Workshop in Business Opportunities, $20,000 to train inmates and ex-offenders interested in starting small businesses.


  • Historic Districts Council, $30,000 to help preserve the historic character of Gowanus and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn; Jackson Heights in Queens; and Inwood, Harlem, and the Bowery in Manhattan.
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum, $35,000 to market the historic home, located in Corona, Queens, of the late Jazz legend.


  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s, $55,000 to promote a new music rehearsal center for the City's freelance orchestras.


  • New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, $100,000 for a family counseling program for gay and lesbian youth at risk of homelessness.


  • Environment Northeast, $100,000 to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which promotes lower emission caps, protects forests, and promotes sustainable energy development.
  • Global Green USA, $75,000 to examine the feasibility of an alternative food waste recovery and composting system for the City that would provide nutrient-rich soil to local farmers and gardeners.


  • Clean Energy Group, $100,000 to help bring emerging clean energy technologies, such as offshore wind and marine tidal energy, to consumer markets.
  • Climate and Energy Project, $75,000 for the creation of the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the southern Midwest.
  •  Environment America Research & Policy Center, $100,000 to reduce smog, soot, coal-ash, and mercury emissions by supporting the EPA’s actions to improve emission standards for vehicles and power plants.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, $100,000 to strengthen a regional initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • University of California, San Francisco, $90,000 to educate the medical community about the connections between toxic chemicals and reproductive health.


  • Cancer Care, $900,000 for financial aid for uninsured and underinsured cancer patients to pay for chemotherapy, radiation treatment, childcare, and transportation.
  •  Carter Burden Center for the Aging, $65,000 for a program that gives youth with developmental disabilities, such as autism and mental retardation, the opportunity to help elders.
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels, $75,000 to provide poor, homebound elders in the South Bronx with supplemental groceries and emergency food.
  • United Hospital Fund of New York, $150,000 to research and develop projects that deliver high-quality, cost-efficient health care to Medicaid patients.

About The New York Community Trust

These grants are made possible by the generosity of past donors who established permanent, charitable funds with The Trust during their lifetimes or through their wills. The Trust makes grants in their names to address issues that they cared about. Read more about Trust donors>>

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of the New York metropolitan area, an aggregate of 2,000 funds created by charitable individuals, families, and corporations to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents. Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human rights. In 2010, The Trust made grants of $142 million from assets of $1.9 billion. More about The Trust.>>


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