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Other Grants / August 2012

A grant to Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council will support planning for conversion of the Andrew Freeman Home in the Bronx, originally a poorhouse for the formerly rich, into a multipurpose community space.

At Mount Sinai Medical Center, Drs. Stone and Lambertini describe the goals of the Trust-funded GENEerations Project: Pregnancy Biobank to a patient. The repository will store and test umbilical cord and placental tissues for exposure to chemicals.

Preventing Gang Violence

Gang violence is on the rise in New York City. The nonprofits that have enough street cred and know-how to help young people avoid or shed the thug life often run on shoe-string budgets. The Trust is funding the following nine groups to give young people at risk of joining—or already in—gangs better options; develop young leaders; make public housing safer; and apply for government funding.

  • Brooklyn Blizzards Youth Organization, $35,000 to reduce tensions among youth by running a basketball tournament and two talent shows in housing projects in Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn.
  • Brownsville Community Development Corporation, $35,000 for mentoring and workshops for boys targeted by gang recruiters in Brownsville projects.
  • Citywide Council of Presidents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), $35,000 to improve NYCHA’s anti-gang youth programs.
  • Community Resource Exchange, $100,000 to help strengthen these community groups.
  • Crown Heights Mediation Center, $35,000 to run anti-gun violence events in housing projects in East New York, Brooklyn.
  • King of Kings Foundation, $35,000 to run anti-gun violence workshops with youth living in Far Rockaway projects.
  • Man Up!, $35,000 to help young people in East New York leave gangs.
  • New York City Housing Authority, $110,000 to improve its anti-gang programs.
  • New York City Mission Society, $35,000 to involve young people living in central Harlem projects in anti-gun violence workshops.

The Needs of the Poor

Community Service Society of New York, $100,000 to produce and release The Unheard Third, a report on the concerns of poor New Yorkers.

Kids in Distressed Situations, $25,000 for distribution of 1 million free diapers (donated by the National Diaper Bank Network) to agencies that will distribute them to needy families.

Social Work that Works Better

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, $86,000 to help religious institutions evaluate the effectiveness of their programs for the homeless, ex-offenders, and domestic violence survivors.

Graham Windham, $200,000 to help four foster care agencies use a proven model that helps parents cope with and avoid behavior that triggers child abuse.

Tufts University, $150,000 to work with the Children’s Aid Society to start a program that helps teenage boys do well in school, and to work with the City Department for the Aging to develop systemic ways of reducing social isolation of elders living in public housing.

Point A to Point B

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, $40,000 for development of a 14-mile continuous waterfront greenway, which will also reduce the overflow of raw sewage by integrating spillways and landscaping along the path to absorb runoff.

Smart Growth America, $100,000 to lobby Congress for a transportation bill that supports mass transit, bike lanes, and walkways.

Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Environment Northeast, $75,000 to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the northeast and link it to cap-and-trade programs in California and Quebec.

Natural Resources Defense Council, $75,000 to make the RGGI more effective by lowering the emissions cap, including smaller power plants, and defending the Initiative against legal and political opponents.

A Clean Energy Future

Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development, $75,000 to build transmission lines for renewable energy, a goal of the Midwestern Governors Association.

New York State Gas Drilling Protection Project, $150,000 to protect New York from the damage caused by hydraulic fracturing.

Tides Foundation, $100,000 to slow climate change by stopping new tar sands oil infrastructure from being built or expanded in the U.S.

Toxic Chemicals, Our Bodies, and Our Children

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, $100,000 to start the GENErations Biobank, a repository to store and test umbilical cord and placental tissues for exposure to environmental chemicals.

University of California, San Francisco, $75,000 to educate the medical community about the connections between toxic chemicals and reproductive and children’s health.

Looking Out for the Elderly

Citymeals-on-Wheels, $50,000 to provide poor homebound elders with groceries and emergency food.

HealthCare Chaplaincy, $100,000 to assess whether the addition of chaplains to hospital discharge planning teams reduces readmission of chronically ill elders.

Medicare Rights Center, $80,000 to help more elders get Medicare and other benefits.

Selfhelp Community Services, $70,000 to teach elders and professional caregivers about changes in New York State’s Medicaid home care program.

. . . and the Mentally Ill

MFY Legal Services, $40,000 to improve conditions for poor, mentally ill people living in illegal boarding houses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, $100,000 to include people with mental illness as part of treatment teams for high-cost Medicaid patients through newly formed health homes (networks of mental health, health, and social service providers).


New York City Employment and Training Coalition, $75,000 to provide advocacy for the tens of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers who need help finding jobs and keeping them.

Solar One, $50,000 to help green industry employers find workers trained by nonprofit employment programs.

Technical Assistance

Hostos Community College of CUNY, $100,000 to support the new Center for Bronx Nonprofits, which will help strengthen local community leaders and nonprofits.

Public Education

Donors’ Education Collaborative, $110,000 for a joint foundation effort to support advocacy for public education reform.

ReServe Elder Service, $120,000 for a program in which retirees are paid a stipend to help students return to school after extended absences resulting from suspension, homelessness, or foster care placement.

Preserving the Historic Character of New York

Historic Districts Council, $30,000 to help preserve parts of 12 neighborhoods, including Brook Park and Van Cortlandt Village in the Bronx, Victorian-era Bay Ridge and Flatbush in Brooklyn, and beachside bungalows in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, $50,000 for planning to adapt the historic Andrew Freedman Home for community uses.

Legal Help for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

inMotion, $50,000 to train pro bono attorneys to help immigrant victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn obtain legal status.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, $50,000 to help immigrant victims of domestic violence in Manhattan and the Bronx obtain legal status.

Sanctuary for Families, $90,000 to help immigrant girls and young women who are victims of violence obtain legal status.

. . . and for the Five Boroughs

Legal Services NYC - Bronx, $55,000 to help residents get public benefits.

Manhattan Legal Services, $55,000 to represent residents in consumer debt cases.

Queens Legal Services, $55,000 to provide representation in housing cases.

South Brooklyn Legal Services, $55,000 to represent tenants in housing court.

Staten Island Legal Services, $30,000 to provide legal representation for poor residents.

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