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Other Grants | February 2014

In its largest round of grants, The New York Community Trust gave money to programs ranging from building urban farms in the Rockaways to funding international internships for low-income CUNY students. Grants from the new $43 million Brooke Astor funds, named after the late “first lady of philanthropy,” will teach children to read well. Other recipients will rebuild Staten Island after Sandy; prevent families from getting evicted from public housing; and help undocumented South Asian women apply to work here legally.

Native American tribes called the Bronx River “Aquehung,” and it’s the City’s only freshwater river. The Bronx River Alliance protects the 23-mile waterway. With $44,000, the Alliance is overseeing riverbank cleanup, construction of a boathouse and bathrooms, and planting trees and gardens.



Seniors with vision impaired by glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration have not lost sight of independence. Jewish Guild Healthcare helps them relearn everyday tasks like cooking, grooming, and laundry. A $69,000 grant is helping them stay healthy with exercise and diet, and is expanding programs to Spanish-, Russian-, and Chinese-speaking communities. 

About 300 guide dogs in the City help their owners navigate complex urban terrain. Guiding Eyes for the Blind trains puppies and provides veterinary care until their retirement. $61,000 will fund care for 100 more dogs.

When Paul Turner died in 1950, his love for theater—and those who make it possible—lived on. The Paul N. Turner Bequest supports aging performers as they reach retirement—typically at age 34 for a dancer. With a $25,000 grant, Career Transitions for Dancers helps performers get an education they postponed for a career onstage.

After a child suffers some types of bone cancer, a protein could help heal the bones. A $125,000 grant will give Dr. Richard Gorlick (pictured) and other researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University the chance to test the protein’s effect on cancer cells. 

The full list of grants approved at the December board meeting are available in our newsroom.

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