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Other Grants / February 2012

A Voice for Struggling New Yorkers

Khaleel, a student from P256 in Far Rockaway, Queens, demonstrates his winning project to staff and judges at Emoti-Con 2011, the City’s technology and digital media festival for youth. This year, a $200,000 grant from the HIVE Digital Media Learning Fund will support several programs of groups working at the intersection of technology and learning, including MOUSE ’s Emoti-Con 2012.
Community Service Society of New York, $75,000 to produce and distribute the tenth edition of The Unheard Third, a report that chronicles the concerns and views of poor New Yorkers.

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, $150,000 to provide overnight shelter, food, and counseling at two churches for individuals sleeping on church steps on the Upper East Side.

New Yorkers for Children, $89,000 to help teen mothers served by the discontinued Teenage Services Act Program throughout the City get educational, health, and child abuse prevention services from other agencies in their neighborhoods.

Staten Island Mental Health Society, $80,000 for life-coaching, crisis, and in-home counseling for addicted youth, and for rehabilitated youth to counsel groups of 10- to 14-year olds on avoiding addiction.

Financial Counseling for Families in Homeless Shelters

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, $92,000 to hire a financial counselor to help homeless families in seven shelters in Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, and Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Phipps Community Development Corporation, $95,000 to hire a bilingual financial counselor to advise homeless families in seven shelters in the south and central Bronx.

Bolstering Children’s Development

Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $149,000 to work with the NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute to develop an improved training and career development program for teachers in publicly funded day care programs.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $75,000 to expand a program in the Bronx County family court that improves the parenting skills of those whose infants and toddlers may enter or are already in foster care, and help the court handle these cases effectively.

Improving Employment Opportunities and Housing in NYC Neighborhoods

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, $40,000 for job training, internships, employment, and benefits assistance.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $40,000 for career counseling, GED-prep classes, job training, and employment services for young adults.

East Side House Settlement, $40,000 for legal counseling and services for local entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Bronx.

Erasmus Neighborhood Federation, $40,000 to strengthen small businesses in Brooklyn through promotional events, management services and workshops, and individual assistance.

Flatbush Development Corporation, $40,000 to provide housing services and benefits counseling for people who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens.

Good Old Lower East Side, $40,000 for benefits counseling and employment services.

Housing Conservation Coordinators, $40,000 to provide financial and legal assistance to limited equity cooperatives in Clinton.

Make the Road New York, $40,000 to involve poor residents in advocacy to improve living conditions and enforce rent regulations and housing codes in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; and Richmond, Staten Island.

Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation, $40,000 to improve living conditions, prevent evictions, and conduct financial literacy courses in Soundview, Bronx.

Richmond Senior Services, $40,000 to help elderly residents on Staten Island get housing subsidies and benefits.

Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, $40,000 for a community service internship and employment program.

A 2,200-acre former landfill, Freshkills Park is being transformed into a Staten Island destination that will offer horseback riding, kayaking, running trails, and picnic areas. A $25,000 grant is helping the park’s new conservancy plan for the future.

Transforming the Urban Environment

Freshkills Park Alliance, $25,000 to recommend recreational, cultural, educational, and fundraising objectives for this new park conservancy.

New Partners for Community Revitalization, $50,000 for a coordinator to work with 17 groups to accelerate the redevelopment of brownfields.

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, $30,000 to protect the City’s waterfront from storm-caused contamination.

Urban Garden Connections of New York City, $25,000 to create governance and fundraising operations for the 32 gardens in the Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts.

Good Jobs for New Yorkers

Upwardly Global, $65,000 to help skilled immigrants fill health care jobs that are in demand, including licensed practical nurses and radiology technologists.

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, $90,000 for a training program that prepares disadvantaged young women to open new businesses.

Workforce Development Corporation, $150,000 to coordinate the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, a Trust initiative to expand health careers for disadvantaged workers.

Arts and Culture

Apollo Theater Foundation, $50,000 for a joint promotional campaign for Harlem Jazz Shrines 2012, dance and music performances at Harlem Stage, the Apollo, and Jazzmobile’s summer concerts at Grant’s Tomb.

Career Transition for Dancers, $35,000 to help retiring dancers plan for second careers.

Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, $200,000 for a joint grantmaking program to promote hands-on learning and critical thinking for teens through digital media.

New York Live Arts, $60,000 to strengthen this new dance group, a result of the merger of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop.


New York Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group, $50,000
to conduct and coordinate research and advocacy for neighborhoods where artists live and work together, and promote their collective creativity.

Education Arts Horizons, $25,000 to expand a program for disabled and chronically ill students that will bring visiting artists to five hospital schools.

Kids Orbit, $175,000 to work with GirlSmart to provide daily literacy instruction to girls in pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade in Farragut and Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, $30,000 to improve the literacy skills of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in eight elementary schools through auditory, tactile, visual, and other interactive methods.

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, $50,000 to help 10 principals in Brooklyn and the Bronx improve their schools through workshops on building social and emotional skills.

Anthony Negron, an educator with the New York Hall of Science, teaches this hospital-bound girl about math in everyday life.
New York Hall of Science, $50,000 for a distance-learning program that enables chronically ill, hospitalized, and home-bound students to share their experiments and compare notes through video chat.

Shinnecock Indian Nation Fund, $45,000 to help teenage and pre-teen boys living on the Shinnecock Reservation avoid self-destructive behavior, graduate from high school, and go on to college or a skilled trade.

Standing Up for Human Justice

Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York, $40,000 for legal help at sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including advice about marriage.

New York Legal Assistance Group, $75,000 to represent immigrants who have been victims of fraud in their attempts to gain U.S. residency and citizenship.

Better Health Care for Those in Need

Enrichment Audio Resource Services, $45,000 to advertise and update free downloadable CDs for elders with significant vision loss on simple ways to manage daily tasks.

Institute for Family Health, $95,000 to determine if electronic medical records improve the care of people with heart disease who also have mental health and substance-abuse problems.

League Treatment Center, $37,000 to help autistic children with speech defects and behavioral problems.

Maimonides Medical Center, $85,000 to use electronic medical records to improve the care of patients with mental illness.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, $160,000 to help poor and uninsured immigrants with cancer get treatment, transportation to medical visits, and manage other health problems.

Mount Sinai Medical Center, $75,000 to hire an additional doctor to work full-time in the hospital’s clinic for poor and uninsured adolescents.

United Hospital Fund of New York, $75,000 to expand a program that reduces medical errors that lead to bacterial infections acquired in hospitals.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York, $120,000 to train home health aides to provide better post-hospital physical rehabilitation to chronically ill elders.

Blood Disease Research

The Francis Florio Fund in The Trust supports research into blood diseases. An advisory board of hematologists reviews proposals annually and has recommended the following grants to support studies of blood cancers and anemia.

  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, $100,000
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $100,000
  • New Jersey Medical School, $100,000
  • New York University School of Medicine, $100,000
  • Rockefeller University, $100,000

Medical Research

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $124,000 to research bone cancer in children.

Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, $125,000 to investigate the effect of various medications on lysosomes and organelles on the breakdown of Alzheimer’s-related plaques.

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $125,000 for a study to determine if a special type of immune cell has the ability to prevent or destroy Alzheimer’s-related plaques.

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $100,000 to study a new treatment for brain cancer in children.

Other Grants

Food Bank for New York City, $63,000 to expand a program to distribute pet food to needy animal owners who might otherwise abandon them to the streets.

Medgar Evers College of CUNY, $50,000 to coordinate advocacy on the redistricting process.

New York Landmarks Conservancy, $100,000 for emergency repairs of historic buildings owned by nonprofit organizations.

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