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Other Grants / June 2012

These young people come to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, for a free course that helps them prepare for taking the GED. A Trust grant is helping the Institute expand the program.

An elder beekeeper with United Community Centers—East NY Farms! helps keep crops pollinated.

Promotion of Art Spaces

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, $30,000 to market this newly expanded Bronx group’s dance, music, and theater programs for youth.

SculptureCenter, $30,000 for events, lamppost banners, and online promotions to attract local audiences to this Long Island City arts center.

Preservation of New York’s History

National Trust for Historic Preservation, $50,000 for a public outreach campaign to promote the importance of historic preservation in the City.

New York Landmarks Conservancy, $25,000 to help save historically and architecturally significant former synagogues.

Young People in Need of Special Help

Brooklyn Childcare Collective, $30,000 to help teen mothers stay in school and get child care, vocational skills, and career guidance.

Hetrick-Martin Institute, $65,000 to expand a GED-prep course and other academic programs for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Jumpstart for Young Children, $60,000 to recruit and train volunteers to work with young children in Bronx School District 12 Head Start and other early childhood programs.

Help in Neighborhoods That Need it Most

Bridge Fund of New York, $950,000 to provide cash and employment services to families at risk of losing their homes in neighborhoods where the need is greatest.

Food Bank for New York City, $800,000 to get more food and benefits assistance into neighborhoods with growing demands for food.

In Trouble with the Law at 16—Then What?

Friends of Island Academy, $65,000 to start Higher Ground, a program that helps 16- and 17-year-olds from Washington Heights and central Brooklyn recently discharged from Rikers Island make a successful transition to school.

Fund for the City of New York, Center for Court Innovation, $150,000 to strengthen the Adolescent Diversion Program, which helps court-involved 16- and 17-year-olds avoid criminal records and get a fresh start.

Community Infrastructure

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service, $55,000 to preserve Mitchell-Lama buildings as affordable housing through advocacy, organizing, and services.

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, $40,000 to promote transportation improvements on the Rockaway peninsula that include repairing the bayside sea wall, refurbishing pedestrian beach-to-bay corridors, and creating waterfront greenways.

Clean, Green, and Blue

Center for Biological Diversity, $75,000 to combat ocean acidification, which causes serious damage to marine ecosystems.

Clean Air Task Force, $100,000 to reduce black carbon and methane emissions from Arctic oil and gas production that hasten global warming, already accelerated in the Arctic.

Oregon Environmental Council, $100,000 to develop a West Coast regional clean-energy initiative.

World Resources Institute, $100,000 to document the negative environmental and social effects of shale gas development and recommend regulations and management practices that address them.

Toxic Chemicals In and Around Us

Green Science Policy Institute, $75,000 for a toxicity analysis of commonly used flame-retardants that will report the products in which they’re used, our exposure to them, their health effects, and recommend their regulation as a class of toxins.

Silent Spring Institute, $75,000 to study the characteristics of Americans with the highest levels of exposure to toxic chemicals and to help government agencies develop regulations to protect them.

Helping Nonprofits Do More and Come Together

Community Health Project, $75,000 to add mental health services to the City’s only health center for gay, lesbian, and transgender patients.

Good Shepherd Services, $70,000 for the merger of Groundwork and Good Shepherd Services.

Human Services Council of New York City, $60,000 to promote cost and time savings in government-funded human services.

Legal Aid Society, $225,000 to create a single intake process for cases involving food stamps, cash assistance, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.

SeaChange Capital Partners, $50,000 to establish the New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund, which will provide grants for nonprofit mergers and other formal alliances.

Better Education

Fund for Public Schools, $175,000 for summer programs that incorporate sports, field trips, and academic enrichment in English, science, math, and the arts in several Bronx schools.

Graduate Center of the City University of New York, $65,000 to provide first-generation college goers with coaching on financial and academic planning to help them stay on track in college.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities

The following seven grants will continue and expand an elder-led program that brings affordable fresh produce to people in poor neighborhoods.

BronxWorks, $70,000 to recruit and train elders and youth to run and start farmers’ markets, plant community gardens, and begin a mobile food delivery project for the disabled.

Just Food, $70,000 to help Staten Island nonprofits operate food and nutrition programs and to teach healthy cooking classes throughout the City.

Isabella Geriatric Center, $70,000 for an elder-led program in Washington Heights that purchases fruits and vegetables in bulk and sells them at a discount.

Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project, $70,000 to work with seniors in the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene to expand their community garden, hold healthy cooking workshops, and operate a farmers’ market.

Queens Community House, $70,000 to train elders in public housing to build community gardens and distribute the produce in Flushing, Queens.

United Community Centers, $70,000 to help older adults and youth run community gardens in East New York and promote, sell, and use the harvest.

United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $128,000 to coordinate the Healthy Food, Healthy Communities project.

Helping Immigrant Families

Coalition of Asian American Children and Families, $50,000 for advocacy to improve instruction and support services for Asian-American students not proficient in English.

Fund for New Citizens, $250,000 for a collaborative fund that assists immigrants and refugees in New York City.

Better Centers, Care, and Financial Help for Seniors

Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, $50,000 to expand a money management program for frail elders.

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, $130,000 to evaluate newly established, innovative senior centers to determine what aspects are working and worth replicating.

UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, $125,000 to improve the training of home health aides and home workers in order to improve the quality of care for homebound elders.

Improving Care for the Visually Impaired

Aging in New York Fund, $200,000 to strengthen a vision-rehabilitation coalition for older adults that provides a referral service, outreach, and workshops for its member organizations.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice, $120,000 to make agencies that administer public benefits more accessible for people with vision problems and to hold workshops to inform people of their right to this information.

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