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Other Grants / December 2011

Help for Girls & Young Women

Soprano Adrienne Danrich performs with Brooklyn's American Opera Projects, a Van Lier Fellowship grantee.
Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation, $100,000 to expand a program, now operating at Hostos, LaGuardia, Queensborough, and Kingsborough community colleges, that helps students graduate.

Community Health Action of Staten Island, $60,000 for a reproductive health clinic for young women on Staten Island.

New York City Housing Authority, $140,500 to expand a literacy program for 4th- to 6th-grade girls in 11 Brooklyn public housing projects that includes field trips to literary events and readings by female and minority writers.

Sakhi for South Asian Women, $30,000 to advocate for policies that deal with cultural differences among domestic violence victims.

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), $66,000 to expand mental health and legal services for female veterans, including those who have experienced sexual trauma.

Children’s Emotional & Physical Health

Greater New York Hospital Foundation, $53,000 to refer children and families, especially those with multiple problems, to health and social services close to home.

Hour Children, $60,000 to sustain a successful mentoring program for children who have a parent in prison.

MFY Legal Services, $120,000 for the Kinship Caregiver Law Project, which helps grandparents caring for their abandoned grandchildren get legal help to keep them fed, healthy, and educated.

LGBT Community

Griot Circle, $30,000 for social and legal services for gay and lesbian elders of color in Brooklyn.

Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, $46,000 to expand and improve the YES internship program, which places gay youth in paid positions in companies and nonprofits.

Queens Community House, $30,000 for a recreational and social services program run by SAGE (see below) for gay and lesbian elders.

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), $40,000 for workshops for gay and lesbian elders on the benefits of marriage, changes in Medicare, finances, and social services.

Greener, Healthier Schools & Communities

Center for Health, Environment and Justice, $50,000 to promote healthier, greener alternatives to toxic PVC plastics in City schools.

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, $100,000 to make cities better places to live by connecting members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network with local foundations.

Nescaum, $75,000 to develop a regional clean-fuels standard in 11 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $50,000 to eliminate toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools.

One Region Fund, $200,000 for a funders’ group that promotes equitable and sustainable transportation in the tri-state region.

Pace Law School, $50,000 to develop effective energy-efficiency programs in New York State.

Clean Water

Natural Resources Defense Council, $50,000 to continue to protect the sources of the City’s drinking water from pharmaceutical waste, development, and agricultural runoff.

Riverkeeper, $50,000 to protect the City’s drinking water by monitoring and reporting compliance with federal, State, and local clean-water laws and policies.

Reducing Toxic Chemicals

A grant to the Blue Green Alliance Foundation will work with labor unions to improve chemical laws to protect the health and safety of workers, including this woman employed by an oil refinery.
Blue Green Alliance Foundation, $75,000 to involve labor unions in chemical policy reform, helping members and leadership understand, value, and communicate the economic benefits of a sustainable economy.

Clean and Healthy New York, $50,000 to build grassroots support for federal and state chemical policy reform.

Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $63,000 to develop a new method to test how chemicals impact the body’s translation of information from DNA proteins.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, $75,000 to expand and standardize the production and use of bioplastics.

Pesticide Action Network North America, $50,000 to expand the market for crops grown without toxic pesticides.

The Edward & Sally Van Lier Post-College Fellowships for Young Artists

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships for four dancers to dance with Ailey II dance troupe.

American Opera Projects, $40,000 to provide two-year fellowships for two composers to work with a Brooklyn com¬pany of singers and musical directors to create original works.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, $60,000 to provide one-year fellowships for ten dancers who will perform locally and nationally.

Firelight Media, $60,000 to provide six film and digital media fellowships for emerging minority artists.

Flea Theater, $40,000 to provide four fellowships for young theater directors.
International Studio and Curatorial Program, $60,000 to provide four-month residencies for six emerging visual artists.

New Dramatists, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships for three aspiring playwrights.

New York Foundation for the Arts, $40,000 to provide one-year fellowships for ten immigrant artists.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, $60,000 to provide two-month fellowships for 16 visual artists on Staten Island.

Socrates Sculpture Park, $60,000 for year-long, outdoor residencies for six emerging visual artists.

Spanish Theatre Repertory Company, $60,000 to provide two-year fellowships for three aspiring Hispanic directors.

Studio Museum in Harlem, $40,000 to provide one-year fellowships for two visual artists and two curators.

Wave Hill, $40,000 to provide four fellowships for visual artists from the Bronx and northern Manhattan.

Nurturing the Arts

American Music Center, $75,000 to help it merge with Meet the Composer to form New Music USA.

Bronx Museum of the Arts, $62,000 to publicize the Museum’s free admission policy.

Cool Culture, $35,000 to provide early childhood cultural programs for Harlem families.

Fourth Arts Block, $45,000 to provide dance rehearsal space in underused studios.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, $175,000 to help the Pare Lorentz Film Center create, disseminate, and promote educational films.

National Guild for Community Arts Education, $25,000 to help community arts schools sustain programs.

Improving the High School Choice Process

The New School, $70,000 to help students and parents participate in the City’s high school choice process.

New York University, $56,000 for research on how students with low test scores fare in the high school choice process.

Improving Education for All

Advocates for Children of New York, $75,000 to advocate for students who are being suspended from school.

Fund for the City of New York, $50,000 to strengthen the QUEST ATD program, which provides educational services for juvenile delinquents with mental health problems.

The New School, $92,500 for continued support of Feet in Two Worlds, a program that helps immigrant journalists expand their audiences and impact.

NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, $90,000 for advocacy to improve instruction in the City’s neediest schools through a longer school day and year.

Blindness & Visual Disabilities

A grant is supporting Prevent Blindness Tri-State to screen clients, including those at risk for diabetes, at two community health centers in the City.
Helen Keller International, $65,000 to screen low-income, middle school, and alternative high school students for vision problems.

Prevent Blindness Tri-State, $70,000 to integrate vision screening and treatment into community health centers.

People with Special Needs

Brooklyn Academy of Music, $35,000 for a free film program for poor and disabled elders.

Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled, $55,000 to help adult-home residents move to supportive housing.

Institute for Community Living, $65,000 to train staff to provide health education to seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems.

Resources for Children with Special Needs, $75,000 to help parents of disabled children understand changes in special education and get services for their kids.

Better Health Care

Community Health Care Association of New York State, $125,000 to develop a plan to create new federally qualified health centers in areas that need them most.

New York City AIDS Fund, $50,000 for continued support for an AIDS funding group.

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, $90,000 to help the City’s public hospital system apply for federally qualified health center designation for its outpatient clinics.

New York Immigration Coalition, $90,000 to improve access to health care for immigrants.

New York University, College of Nursing, $125,000 to study the effectiveness of combining two nursing programs to improve hospital care for elderly patients.

Primary Care Development Corporation, $100,000 to strengthen medical home programs in community health centers.

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