The New York Community Trust Announces Latest Round of Grants Totaling $8 Million to Support Critical Community Needs, Protect Free Speech, and Advocate for Civil Rights. | The New York Community Trust
February 11, 2019   |   By Amy Wolf
The New York Community Trust Announces Latest Round of Grants Totaling $8 Million to Support Critical Community Needs, Protect Free Speech, and Advocate for Civil Rights.

Amy Wolf, Sr. Communications Officer

Intergenerational home-sharing, improving the state of foster care, labor protections for taxi drivers. These are just three of the 51 projects New York City’s community foundation is funding to improve life for New Yorkers.

(February 11, 2019) NEW YORK, NYThe New York Community Trust addresses some of New York’s most urgent challenges. With our latest round of grants, The Trust is committing $8 million to 51 projectsall of which are working to create a more equitable New York.

Many of the effortssuch as an experiment that pairs older New Yorkers with younger college student roommates to help address the city’s affordable housing crunchoffer innovative solutions to pressing problems.

Below is a synopsis of each grant. Journalists are invited to request a full-page background memo for any of the grants described below. Please contact Amy Wolf for more details.

Highlights include:

SUPPORTING THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: As the federal government rolls back hard-won protections for transgender people, The Trust is stepping forward with a $150,000 grant to the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center to help expand counseling, legal aid, immigration assistance, and HIV/AIDS prevention for transgender New Yorkers.

ARTS EDUCATION FOR ALL: A $600,000 grant will help The New 42nd Street and its nonprofit partnersArts Connection and Community-Word Projecttrain nearly 500 artists to provide meaningful lessons for students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms over the next two and a half years. As a result of this training, more than 12,500 students with disabilities in New York City public schools will have the opportunity to receive quality arts education.

MOBILIZING WRITERS: As threats to the First Amendment increase, writers and thinkers need to stand up to defend their right to free expression. A $250,000 grant will help PEN America defend the free press, counter hate speech, and advance local human rights legislation.  

HOUSING FOR OLDER NEW YORKERS: More than 3 in 5 older New Yorkers are paying more than 30 percent of their income for rent. Intergenerational home sharinga practice that pairs older adult tenants with unrelated younger roommatesaddresses New York’s affordable housing crunch. To help explore this creative concept, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College will use a $200,000 grant from The New York Community Trust to fund an intergenerational housing experiment in East Harlem that will pair older, low-income adults with student roommates.

IMPROVING FOSTER CARE OUTCOMES: About 9,000 New York City children are in foster care, but public support ends after age 21, right as they are transitioning into adulthood. The Trust’s Foster Care Excellence Fund will use $250,000 over two years to help ensure a smoother transition into adult life by providing critical support for this transition. With $160,000, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services will expand a program that matches middle and high school students with in-home tutors, while Graham Windham will use $125,000 to provide education and career coaching to 460 high school students. The Trust’s Foster Care Excellence Fund also will work with the City to provide similar services to all foster youth up to the age of 26 and help additional agencies meet the needs of older foster youth. A Jewish Child Care Association of New York grant of $150,000 will  assess and improve the literacy skills of young children in foster care.

PROTECTING DRIVERS: A $73,000 grant to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance will help advocate for higher wages and labor protections for taxi drivers. Since 2017, the Alliance has been fighting for a number of reforms to protect the city’s 100,000 taxi and ride-hailing app driversincluding laws that protect them from fraud.

SHARING SPACES: Dance groups with small budgets often have trouble finding affordable performance spaces in New York. Partners for Sacred Places will use $60,000 to help Brooklyn and Manhattan congregations share their historic houses of worship with dance groups.

Other grants include:

Workforce Development

National Center for Law and Economic Justice, $150,000 to advocate for labor protections for home health workers assigned to 24-hour shifts.

Invest in Skills NY, $155,000 to fight for increased New York City and State investment in workforce development.

Per Scholas, $50,000 to prepare unemployed young people and adults for jobs in the fast-growing technology industry.


An estimated 18,000 New York City residents are diagnosed with cancer each year. The disease puts physical, emotional, and financial burdens on patients and families and low-income individuals, people of color, and the under- and uninsured are far more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late stage, when more extensive and costly treatments are needed and death is more likely.

Out-of-pocket medical costs, even for people with insurance, average $650 a month. They include co-payments and deductibles, pain medication, transportation to and from treatment, and child care. Successful treatment hinges on patients eating nutritious meals, which many who are in treatment are too weak to prepare. Also, patients often need legal help to navigate insurance options, negotiate restrictions of coverage, and resolve housing and employment problems. Immigrant cancer patients face additional hurdles because of legal status, language barriers, and diverse religious and cultural traditions. The Trust has several dedicated cancer treatment funds, which we use to make the following grants:

Cancer Care, $700,000 for financial aid to offset the costs of care for an estimated 2,200 low-income cancer patients.

God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to provide nutritious meals and nutrition counseling to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, $100,000 to help immigrant cancer patients get treatment and access health insurance.

New York Legal Assistance Group, $100,000 to support legal aid for cancer patients navigating health insurance issues and medical debt.  

Other Health Grants

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, $200,000 for scholarships to bring more diverse students to the only accredited industrial hygiene master’s program in the northeast United States.

National Medical Fellowships, $100,000 to support scholarships for underrepresented minority medical students to study hepatitis, behavioral health, and medical research.

People with Disabilities

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $690,000 for continued advocacy to improve the Access-A-Ride program, including legislative changes to make the routes more efficient, updates to the application process, and better training for drivers.

Tech Kids Unlimited, $60,000 to expand a technology program for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

Elderly New Yorkers

Griot Circle, $45,000 to expand a visiting program for homebound gay older adults of color.

Medicare Rights Center, $150,000 for outreach and counseling to help low-income older adults understand their Medicare rights and advocate for access to affordable health care.

New York City Health + Hospitals, $200,000 for a hospital-run primary care program for homebound older adults.

Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, $50,000 to advocate for the release of elderly prisoners.


Chalkbeat, $65,000 to report on school segregation in New York and engage policymakers and parents from the City’s low-income communities.

Human Justice & Human Services

Hunger Free America, $96,000 to improve access to SNAP, Medicaid, housing, and childcare benefits for low-income New Yorkers.

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, $83,000 to address the parenting, legal, citizenship, and financial planning needs of immigrants in the Bronx.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, $100,000 to help community organizations improve nutrition by serving healthy, locally grown food.

Nazareth Housing, $78,000 to assist and counsel families at risk of homelessness.

New York Law School, $140,000 to train experienced housing attorneys to supervise new lawyers hired to represent low-income tenants as part of the City’s new Right to Counsel law.

Queens Community House, $100,000 to provide social services and workshops for families in an isolated public housing development.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, $200,000 to improve policies that affect New York’s low-income children and families, including welfare and assistance for children leaving foster care.

Youth Development

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, $120,000 to continue to advocate for improvements to the 2017 Raise the Age law, which increased the age of criminal responsibility to 18 in New York State.

The Financial Clinic, $200,000 to help nine New York City youth workforce programs provide financial coaching for jobseekers.

Youth Represent, $260,000 to research the effects of Raise the Age legislation on courts’ treatment of young people.

Arts and Culture

ArtistYear, $150,000 to expand its art and music instruction in 15 Queens public schools and train teaching artists.

Center for an Urban Future, $75,000 to publish a report on the contributions of immigrant artists to the City’s cultural landscape.

Civic Affairs

Citizens Union Foundation of the City of New York, $100,000 to research and promote civic engagement and voter participation among young New Yorkers.

Community Development

Center for New York City Neighborhoods, $100,000 to explore the benefits of shared home equity to protect low-income home-ownership in the City.

Change Capital Fund, $80,000 to help innovative community development groups reduce poverty and track their results.

New York Housing Conference, $60,000 to monitor federal policies that threaten affordable housing in New York.

United Community Centers, $80,000 to improve access to healthy food and support neighborhood greening projects in East New York.

Conservation and Environment

Children’s Defense Fund – New York, $80,000 for a campaign to reduce children’s exposure to lead in New York State.

Clean Production Action, $110,000 to improve how companies disclose the presence of toxic chemicals in their products.

Earthjustice, $125,000 to prevent lead contamination of water and lead exposure from household products.

Lead Legal Strategies Partnership, $100,000 to help local governments create and improve laws and policies that prevent lead exposure.

Repowering Rural Cooperatives Partnership, $300,000 to facilitate clean energy investments by rural electric cooperatives in Appalachia and other regions.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign, $100,000 for advocacy to improve mass transit, alleviate traffic congestion, and reduce pollution in the City.

Historic Preservation

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, $70,000 to research the history of Inwood’s enslaved people.

Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, $200,000 to sponsor the annual awards program promoting excellence in nonprofit management.

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. 


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