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June 2015 | Grants Newsletter

QUICK VIEW | From Training Dropouts to Preserving History

Downtown Art brings music to the streets at the FAB! Festival on the Lower East Side. Photo by Whitney Browne

 Federal Hall at 26 Wall Street.

Project Rise participants in a job skills class.
Donors’ bequests help volunteers spruce up their neighborhoods, guide low-income families whose children are applying to middle and high schools, and so much more.
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STRONGER COMMUNITIES: Community arts groups strengthen their neighborhoods. Too often, these groups are absent when City policy and budgets are set. Even when they’re included, a lack of skills or relationships hampers their interaction with policymakers. Our grant of $50,000 to NOCD-NY (also known as Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY), a citywide alliance of artists, cultural groups, and other community leaders, will underwrite workshops and training. The organization brings together allies to advocate for funding, affordable work space and housing, and other budget and policy decisions that build neighborhoods by supporting their diverse cultures.

NATION’S FIRST CAPITOL: Federal Hall National Memorial, now nestled among Wall Street skyscrapers, was the site of our nation’s first capitol building, where George Washington was inaugurated. The Greek Revival building at 26 Wall Street later served as the Customs House, and then a Treasury building—its basement packed with gold and silver. Now the Memorial is ready to join the 21st Century. The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is planning renovations, including multimedia installations that will demonstrate why “American begins at New York.” Our grant of $62,000 supports an architectural and engineering assessment to ensure the historic integrity of renovations to the building, which is run by the National Park Service.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: A program run by the Center for Economic Opportunity, with support from the federal Social Innovation Fund, helps unemployed high school dropouts get their lives on track, continue their education, and train for jobs. The Trust has invested $1 million in Project Rise since its start in 2011 at three nonprofits across the City. Another $300,000 will help more young people take math and literacy classes and do paid internships. The program includes workshops for young women on topics such as equal pay, employment law, parenting, and careers in nontraditional fields.

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