52 New Grants to Help Provide Services to New Yorkers with Cancer, More
February 5, 2017   |   By The New York Community Trust
2/5/17: 52 new grants totaling $8.3 million from NY’s community foundation
Amy Wolf, 646-214-1004, aw@nyct-cfi.org 


52 new grants totaling $8.3 million from NY’s community foundation will help provide wrap-around services to New Yorkers with cancer, improve para-transit, train workers for health care jobs, and more

(February 5, 2018) NEW YORK – The New York Community Trust recently approved $8.3 million in grants to help dozens of nonprofits. Some highlights:

  • Helping People with Cancer: With $1.08 million to four nonprofit organizations, we’re helping Cancer Careprovide financial aid to low-income cancer patients; God’s Love We Deliver provide food for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center assist immigrants with cancer get treatment, and New York Legal Assistance Group give legal assistance to cancer patients.
  • Improving Para-transit: With $345,000, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest will run a campaign to improve the Access-A-Ride program by making it more reliable and introducing new technologies.
  • Connecting Bronx Residents with Health Jobs: With $100,000, Phipps Neighborhood will train young people in the Bronx for outpatient health care careers that don’t require college degrees. The program will also connect these young people with paid internships and job interviews at local health care providers.
  • Recording the History of Muslims: With $150,000, Brooklyn Historical Society will record and make accessible the first major oral history collection dedicated to Muslims in America, including dozens of interviews with community members exploring the history of Muslims in Brooklyn.

The Trust is committed to helping solve some of New York’s toughest problems. For each of the following grants, we offer journalists one-page background memos that detail the problems we’re addressing and our approaches to solving them. Please contact Amy Wolf at aw@nyct-cfi.org for more. 



  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) and New York University College of Nursing will each use $100,000 to expand and enhance a peer education health program for older adults in the Bronx that allows seniors to teach each other about health issues associated with aging. (JASA is nonsectarian, and helps New Yorkers from all backgrounds).

Behavioral Health


  • Legal Action Center, $150,000, to make sure New Yorkers, especially those who are court-involved, continue to get substance-abuse treatment in the wake of federal changes to health care.
  • Mobilization for Justice, $75,000, to expand a medical-legal partnership that helps children discharged from psychiatric hospitals get screened for issues that can affect recovery.

 Developmental Disabilities


  • Alliance for Integrated Care of New York, $150,000, to help agencies serving people with disabilities adapt to managed care.
  • McCarton Foundation for Developmental Disabilities, $90,000, to help open the first early intervention center in the Bronx for children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies, $100,000, to introduce customized jobs to New York City agencies that serve the developmentally disabled.


  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, $150,000, to study the barriers transgender individuals face in getting jobs or staying employed. This community faces high rates of unemployment and discrimination when they do find jobs. The university will share findings and recommendations.
  • Queens Community House, $40,000, for recreational programs and social services for LGBTQ elders in Queens.
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York, $125,000, to improve home care for LGBT older adults.



  • Mentoring in Medicine, $75,000, to prepare college students of color for medical school.
  • New York University, $1,254,000, to expand a proven early reading program to all pre-K through second-grade classes in Community School District 7 in the Bronx.

Human Justice


  • College and Community Fellowship, $75,000, to train female former inmates to advocate for criminal justice reform.
  • CUNY School of Law, $132,000, to provide affordable legal help to moderate-income New Yorkers.
  • The Door, $200,000, to expand pro bono legal help for young, at-risk New Yorkers, including immigrants.
  • Immigrant Defense Project, $80,000, to protect the rights of immigrants threatened with detention and/or deportation.
  • Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign, $50,000 to push to improve the state’s parole process and social services for older adults after release. The grant also will be used to train older former inmates and their families to work for early parole for the elderly.

Human Services


  • Breaking Ground, $100,000, to improve services for homeless and formerly homeless New Yorkers.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $100,000, to support young people aging out of foster care.
  • Foster Care Excellence Fund, $200,000, for a new funder collaborative, based at The Trust, focused on improving foster care.
  • Herbert H. Lehman College of CUNY, $104,000, to publish a journal on urban social work in partnership with Morgan State University in Baltimore.
  • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Foundation, $1,000,000, for a scholarship program for social work students in health care.
  • Part of the Solution, $50,000, to improve services for poor families in the Bronx, including emergency meals, housing, financial aid, and avoiding eviction.

Workforce Development


  • Invest in Skills NY, $200,000, to push for more investment in New York State’s workforce development system.

Youth Development

  • Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, $125,000, to ensure the 2017 Raise the Age law is rolled out.
  • Day One, $70,000, to train professionals to deal with abuse among young couples. Though physical, verbal, and sexual abuse by an intimate partner is far more common for teens than adults, social workers, school counselors, and police officers are rarely trained to see the warning signs and support these victims.
  • Exalt Youth, $75,000, to expand an internship program for court-involved teens.

Arts and Culture


  • Cool Culture, $160,000, to develop and test an arts program to help low-income families access New York’s cultural institutions.
  • Creative Capital, $100,000, to offer workshops designed to help Latino and Latina artists in Throgs Neck and Co-op City in the Bronx and other neighborhoods create financial plans, connect with arts groups, and succeed.
  • International Documentary Association, $250,000, for awards to filmmakers beginning work on documentaries that support the aims and concepts of Pare Lorentz.

Community Development

  • Change Capital Fund, $125,000, to help community groups using new ideas to reduce poverty, and track their results.
  • Cooper Square Community Development Committee & Businessmen’s Association, $60,000, to coordinate a coalition that protects tenants from disruptive construction practices.
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $75,000, to counsel low-income senior homeowners in Cypress Hills, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn.
  • Grameen America, $50,000, to build electronic systems to manage loans to immigrant women entrepreneurs.
  • LESReady!, $120,000, to coordinate a long-term disaster preparation, recovery and resiliency coalition on the Lower East Side.
  • New York Housing Conference, $50,000, to monitor and push for better federal housing policies under the Trump Administration.

Conservation and Environment

  • Advanced Energy Economy Institute, $100,000, to eliminate barriers to the growth of a clean-energy economy.
  • Clean Air Task Force, $100,000, to oppose the rollback of federal climate change regulations.
  • Healthy Babies Bright Futures, $100,000, to help cities prevent exposing children to neurotoxic chemicals.
  • New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, $80,000, to advocate for electric school buses in New York State.
  • New York Restoration Project, $75,000, to support increased use, community stewardship, and maintenance of open space in the Bronx.

Historic Preservation


  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, $30,000, to work with local organizations to promote African-American history in the City.
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy, $100,000, for emergency repairs of historic buildings owned by nonprofit organizations.

Strengthening Nonprofits


  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, $125,000, for the 11th year of The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards program, which offers cash prizes and educational opportunities to the regions nonprofits.

Fire Prevention

  • American Red Cross Greater New York Region, $50,000, for a home fire-prevention program.

The New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. It is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. Visit us at nycommunitytrust.org.

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