(New York, NY – 8/6/2020) — At a time when many New Yorkers are facing extreme hardships as a result of Covid-19 and are amplifying calls for racial justice and equity, The New York Community Trust today announced a new round of grants that help nonprofits respond to these defining challenges.
This new round of grants—which total $4 million—support 24 nonprofits, many of which have made radical changes to their operations in the face of a pandemic that has disrupted their ability to raise money and work efficiently even as they are facing unprecedented demand from New Yorkers in need.
These investments come on top of more than $110 million distributed to 768 local nonprofits through The Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund—contributions that were mobilized and distributed beginning in March, when the pandemic began to grip New York.
The Trust is now embarking on a new effort to support the city’s nonprofit sector through its Emergency Fund, which is raising and distributing funds to help nonprofits operate in the new circumstances and continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable New Yorkers. This new fund, combined with funds left to The Trust through permanent gifts, makes this $4 million in grants to 24 organizations possible.
“We have always seen that when New Yorkers are suffering, their neighbors step forward to help,” says Gay Young, vice president for donor services at The New York Community Trust. “When the pandemic hit the city, our donors quickly began to give generously to our Emergency Fund. Many like the peace of mind that with one gift, they can have the confidence that we have chosen dozens of vital organizations that provide a lifeline to those in need.”
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Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: $150,000 to research and report on COVID-19’s physical, emotional, and economic impact on elderly New Yorkers, particularly those from under-resourced communities.
New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation: $200,000 to develop resources and provide technical assistance to organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will also be used for disaster planning, including situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vibrant Emotional Health: $150,000 to design and carry out virtual mental health workshops for workers at social service nonprofits. The grant will help frontline staff understand the effects of the pandemic’s trauma on them and help them cope.
BronxWorks: $150,000 for the expansion and enhancement of the organization’s homeless shelters so school-age children residing there can continue to receive educational support while staying within federal guidelines on social distancing.
CAMBA: $200,000 to employ coordinators so families living at CAMBA’s shelters can receive support for their childrens’ online learning. The grant will also provide wireless access to all residents, along with a new computer lab at one shelter.
HELP Social Services Corporation: $200,000 for supporting the education of school children living at HELP’s shelters. The group will help families address students’ academic needs, ensuring their education continues with remote learning.
INCLUDEnyc: $150,000 to provide English and Spanish support to children with disabilities and their families while classes are held both online and in person in the fall. The grant will allow INCLUDEnyc to develop resources that will assist children with disabilities do schoolwork remotely so they can progress academically.
Women in Need: $300,000 to develop and expand academic support for children who live at the organization’s shelters. The grant will be used to adjust educational programming to prevent learning loss as classes go remote, and to provide a more robust IT infrastructure for students and staff.
Justice and Equity
Alliance of Families for Justice: $180,000 to develop a leadership program that will engage formerly incarcerated young people so they can learn about the socioeconomic context of incarceration, while preparing them to advocate for criminal justice reform.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: $180,000 for the organization’s Liberation Program, which invests in Black and Latinx students so they can learn the leadership skills necessary to advocate for a more equitable community.
Center for Court Innovation: $200,000 to study incarcerated inmates released early due to the threat of COVID-19 transmission in prisons. The grant will be used to examine recidivism, using surveys and public data to determine if early release provides similar benefits to public safety compared to having individuals complete their sentences.
Red Hook Initiative: $180,000 to expand their Anti-Violence Project, which trains young people in geographically isolated Red Hook to organize and advocate for social reform, including efforts to curb police violence and prevent evictions during COVID-19.
North Star Fund: $150,000 for its Let Us Breathe Fund, which will invest in grassroots organizations addressing police accountability and advocating for new approaches to public safety. Working with community organizers, the Fund will invest in grassroots organizations that address police violence, while also providing them with assistance on operational issues such as fundraising.
Social Safety Net
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies: $170,000 to advocate for the elimination of the “benefits cliff,” where higher-pay by even a few dollars can result in the loss of governmental support. The grant will help low-income New Yorkers have continued access to public benefits as the economy stagnates due to COVID-19.
The Financial Clinic: $150,000 to make government benefits more accessible to low-income families. The organization will analyze data and make policy recommendations so that the use of financial technology does not create a barrier for low-income people with limited access to the internet and mainstream banking services such as auto-deposits.
Arts and Culture
ArtsPool: $200,000 to provide administrative support to struggling arts groups. The ArtsPool cooperative will expand its membership and offer subsidized, fee-based services to smaller arts groups.
New York Mortgage Coalition: $125,000 to continue a partnership with ArtBuilt to develop new resources to aid artists and other independent workers as they stabilize their finances and navigating the post-pandemic economy.
92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, Roundabout Theatre Company, Studio in a School Association: $160,000 to each; and $40,000 for the Fund for Public Schools. The organizations will work together to create arts educational materials for remote learning, along with additional resources and training for public school teachers.
Conservation and Environment
Clean Energy Group: $100,000 to advocate for replacing fossil-fuel power plants used during peak demand with clean energy alternatives. Clean Energy Group will provide research to the city showing the efficacy of clean energy for peak power consumption, mobilize local advocates, and develop strategies to carry out the changes.
Utility Affordability for All Coalition: $150,000 to help prepare low-income families in New York City for climate change with reliable access to affordable power and water. The grant will be used to develop a public awareness campaign for the effort, draft legislation for affordable utilities programs, and provide legal resources to intervene on behalf of low-income families.
About 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. For more information, visit nycommunitytrust.org.