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Other Grants / June 2011

Healthy, Affordable Food in All Five Boroughs

In the first year of Healthy Food Healthy Communities, a program that empowers elders to become leaders in bringing healthy food to their neighborhoods, 100 seniors and 25 young people brought 25 tons of affordable produce to Washington Heights, East New York, and Fort Greene; seniors also led more than 30 healthy cooking classes.

As part of the Healthy Food Healthy Communities project, seniors at Isabella Geriatric Center are leading a program in which they repackage and sell fresh produce from Hunts Point Market at a discount to residents of Washington Heights.
We continue to support these projects and are expanding the project to three new sites in the Bronx, Queens, and on Staten Island:

  • BronxWorks, $70,000
  • Isabella Geriatric Center, $70,000
  • Just Food, $70,000
  • Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project, $70,000
  • Queens Community House, $70,000
  • United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $123,000

The Trust will also continue supporting the Food Bank for New York City with a grant of $700,000 to provide food to feeding programs and to make grants to 10 programs for benefits counseling.

Bolstering Nonprofits

Alliance for the Arts, $40,000 for a study on the economic impact of the arts in the City.

Community Resource Exchange, $200,000 to provide management consulting to clusters of nonprofits in poor neighborhoods.

Lawyers Alliance for New York, $500,000 for a joint effort with Cause Effective and the Nonprofit Finance Fund to provide a range of management support for nonprofits dealing with cuts in public funding.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, $70,000 to help community development corporations (CDCs) manage their real estate portfolios.

Neighborhood Opportunities Fund, $50,000 for financial assistance to CDCs.

Putting Toxic Chemicals at a Safe Distance

Center for International Environmental Law, $75,000 to promote chemical safety through international and domestic regulations.

Clean Water Fund, $75,000 to organize and advocate for healthier drinking water throughout the United States.

Coming Clean Collaborative, $75,000 to test products for chemical toxicity and publicize the inability of the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect public health.

Healthy Building Network, $75,000 to promote safer building materials.

More Grants for a Healthier Planet

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, $60,000 to build public support for a plan to restore the health of Long Island Sound.

Friends of the Earth, $75,000 to advocate for chemical toxicity and publicize the inability of the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect public health.

Healthy Building Network, $75,000 to promote safer building materials.

Lara Kassel, coordinator of Medicaid Matters New York, speaks at a press conference with Senate Tom Duane and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried.

Health and People with Special Needs

Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, $75,000 for expansion of a money-management program for frail elders.

Medicaid Matters New York, $50,000 to bring the consumer voice to Medicaid reform debates.

New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, $55,000 to improve the operations of clinics licensed to provide both mental health and substance abuse treatment.

University of the State of New York Regents Research Fund, $200,000 to develop student assessments and teacher evaluations that account for the progress of students with disabilities and English language learners.

Helping Families Stay Together and in Their Homes

Bridge Fund, $910,000 to prevent people from becoming homeless by giving them emergency cash grants and money-management help.

Agenda for Children Tomorrow, $50,000 to identify City policies and practices that discourage fathers’ involvement with their kids.

Girls at South Asian Youth Action perform bhangra, a Punjabi folkdance, at the group’s spring showcase in Elmhurst, Queens. A grant to the Fund for New Citizens is supporting this immigrant-led organization and others like it. Photo by Preston Merchant

Helping Immigrants

Fund for New Citizens, $150,000 for a joint funders’ group that assists immigrants and refugees in the City.

Sanctuary for Families, $100,000 to provide legal help to immigrant women and girls who are victims of domestic violence.

Keeping Kids in School, Off Drugs, and Out of Jail

Harlem Children’s Zone, $76,000 to expand after-school academic programs for young people living in the St. Nicholas and Abraham Lincoln Houses.

New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, $40,000 to reduce conflict between the police and youth living in public housing in Queens.

Outreach Project, $100,000 to help formerly drug-addicted youth stay clean by improving outpatient programs in Brooklyn and Queens.

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