Fixing dangerous crosswalks, a first-ever optometry fellowship, and preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders in New York. These are just three of the 37 projects New York City’s community foundation is funding to improve life for New Yorkers.
(December 12, 2018) NEW YORK, NY – The New York Community Trust is committed to helping with some of New York’s most urgent challenges. For each of the following grants, we offer journalists additional one-page background memos that detail the problems and how we’re addressing them. Please contact Amy Wolf for more details. Some highlights:
FACING THE OPIOID CRISIS: As overdose deaths rise across New York City for the seventh consecutive year, The Trust is making sure health care providers can respond quickly to opioid overdoses and help people on the difficult road to recovery. “A promising approach is the use of peers—those recovering from addiction—to help those trying to escape it,” says Irfan Hasan, The Trust’s program director for healthy lives. With $125,000, Services for the Underserved will train peers to counsel opioid users in Brooklyn trying to recover from addiction. Community Health Action of Staten Island will use a $125,000 grant to expand Staten Island’s only 24-hour drop-in drug treatment and recovery center so it can serve 25 percent more clients next year. And a $125,000 grant to Vocational Instruction Project Community Services will allow walk-in detox clinics to stay open weekends in a Bronx neighborhood with high levels of opioid overdoses.
FIXING DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS: Only three percent of traffic intersections in New York City have pedestrian signals for people with low vision, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement that all intersections have them. With $50,000, Disability Rights Advocates will fight to get the City to install more accessible pedestrian signals that use audio messages and vibrations for people who are blind or have low vision.
HELP FOR SPANISH-SPEAKERS WITH DISABILITIES: Finding the right services for a family member with a disability can be difficult for anyone. Facing language barriers and immigration concerns makes it even harder. With a $125,000 grant, INCLUDEnyc will expand its Spanish-language workshops and online resources to provide information on special education, services, and immigration rights to more than 1,200 families of children with disabilities. The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations will offer Braille and talking books in Spanish, and develop new programs, including English conversation groups and know-your-rights training for the more than 200,000 Spanish-speaking New Yorkers with visual impairments.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: The Trust is helping community development organizations prioritize cultural heritage to make their neighborhoods affordable and healthy. In South Williamsburg—a neighborhood polluted and bisected by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway—a $150,000 grant will help El Puente de Williamsburg advocate for better air quality and more green space. Fifteen artists will use visual and performing arts to communicate air-quality findings and strategies to reduce pollution. The Point Community Development Corporation will use $150,000 to help Hunts Point in the Bronx incorporate the arts into plans to protect this low-lying neighborhood against extreme weather. The group also will include a residency program for three Bronx artists inspired by environmental and climate themes. WE ACT for Environmental Justice will use $150,000 to work with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute on a plan for an East Harlem corridor and transit hub that integrates the arts, historic preservation, and clean energy.
THE FIRST FELLOWSHIP OF ITS KIND: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will use $145,000 to launch the first-ever fellowship program to equip optometrists to detect eye cancers early. “Optometrists are the front-line staff for people experiencing vision loss, including loss caused by cancer, but they have limited training and few opportunities to improve their practice,” says Rachel Pardoe, The Trust’s program officer for people with special needs.
Fund for Public Schools, $1,058,000 to help schools test and identify reading programs that best meet students’ needs.
The New School, $140,000 to study how admissions policies affect socio-economic and racial integration and educational outcomes in City middle and high schools.
ReadWorks, $700,000 to share its “Article-A-Day” online reading comprehension resources with more schools and teachers.
Urban Arts Partnership, $200,000 to bring science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education enrichment to eight Brooklyn middle schools, including math and science lessons that incorporate the arts.
Benefits Data Trust, $126,000 to help seniors enroll in public benefits that reduce housing and electricity costs.
Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), $50,000 to encourage older adults living in naturally occurring retirement communities to become civic leaders.
United Neighborhood Houses of New York, $50,000 to advocate for City-funded senior services that attract active baby boomers and provide opportunities for them to design and lead projects.
Human Justice and Services
Manhattan Legal Services, $60,000 to help protect jobseekers with bad credit, criminal records, or negative child welfare histories from discrimination, and educate them on their rights.
New York Legal Assistance Group, $68,000 to represent veterans applying for public benefits and housing, and to address other issues.
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, $101,000 to provide social work support for home-based child care providers, and the children and families they serve.
Jobs and Workforce Development
East Side House Settlement, $80,000 to help students graduating from transfer schools prepare for jobs by earning credentials in information technology, health care, or occupational safety.
LaGuardia Community College, $60,000 to train low-income Queens residents to become emergency medical technicians.
Help for Girls and Young Women
Girls Inc. of New York City, $146,000 to expand programs including STEM, financial education, and college preparation for 750 middle school and high school girls, some on probation or living in shelters.
New York Women’s Foundation, $100,000 for a funder collaborative to support 60 groups—many with small budgets and led by women of color—that address issues facing young women, such as high dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and violence against the LGBTQ community.
South Bronx Educational Foundation, $100,000 to provide academic support, STEM training, internships, and career counseling to disadvantaged girls.
YWCA of Brooklyn, $100,000 to help low-income girls and young women of color become leaders, apply to college, and explore career opportunities.
Met Council Research & Educational Fund, $60,000 to organize a coalition to advocate for rent reforms in Albany.
Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning, $300,000 for planning in communities slated for rezoning, housing development, and other capital investments. Past grants have helped get homeowner and tenant-friendly legislation passed at the local and state level.
NHS Brooklyn CDC, $65,000 to provide financial and disaster preparedness counseling to low-income homeowners in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Conservation and Environment
Connecticut Fund for the Environment, $60,000 to create an interactive water-quality map to monitor the impact of New York City’s water pollution on the East River and the Long Island Sound.
Friends of Governors Island, $40,000 to expand plant care and urban farming programs on Governors Island.
Regional Plan Association, $75,000 to prepare Queens residents and community health workers for the environmental and public health consequences of climate change, such as heat-related deaths, energy blackouts, and flooding.
Riverside Park Conservancy, $60,000 to restore and maintain Fort Washington Park below 181st Street by improving the landscape and recruiting park volunteers.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, $198,000 to study osteosarcoma, a bone cancer common in children, to assess what causes the high risk of recurrence.
Community Health Care Association of New York State, $300,000 to help community health centers in the region assess and incorporate into patient care social determinants of health, such as education, income level, housing status, race, ethnicity, and domestic violence.
Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY: As a generation of New York nonprofit executives retire, the sector faces a shortage of new leaders. A $465,000 grant will support a leadership development and management training program for mid-level nonprofit managers.
Central Appalachian Network, $90,000 to help clean-energy advocates in Appalachia work together more effectively.
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. We are a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. For more information, visit us at nycommunitytrust.org.