The New York Community Trust Awards $12.4 Million to 71 Nonprofits | The New York Community Trust
June 11, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
The New York Community Trust Awards $12.4 Million to 71 Nonprofits

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Program recipients include a campaign for more translation services, an electric school bus pilot, and programs to improve reading instruction after school.

(June 11, 2019) NEW YORK, NY – The New York Community Trust announces its latest round of grants, totaling $12.4 million to 71 nonprofits.  Below are some of the highlights.

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.

CAMPAIGNING FOR EXPANDED LANGUAGE SERVICES: More than one in four New Yorkers are not proficient in English. Because of this, immigrant-serving nonprofits often need access to professional interpreters and translators—particularly for clients who speak African, Asian, and indigenous Latin American languages. However, the cost of translating services can be prohibitively high for these groups.

With a $90,000 grant, African Communities Together will lead a coalition campaigning for a publicly funded expansion of the City’s translation and interpretation services. The policy changes would help nonprofits provide critical services to more foreign-born New Yorkers, and connect multilingual immigrants to reliable, well-paid work.

NEW CURRICULUM FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES: People with developmental disabilities have historically been at risk for sexual abuse and victimization. Experts agree that proactive and positive sex education, support, and services can prevent abuse and help adults with developmental disabilities form healthy sexual relationships. Planned Parenthood of New York City will use a $150,000 grant to develop a sex education curriculum that is appropriate for youth with developmental disabilities.

PROTECTING RENT-STABILIZED TENANTS: The number of affordable rentals in New York is steadily declining. Flatbush and Brownsville have large concentrations of rent-regulated buildings, yet the two neighborhoods are tied for having the highest number of evictions in Brooklyn.

“If left unchecked, the trend could result in the loss of a significant portion of the City’s affordable rental housing stock,” says Patricia Swann, The Trust’s senior program officer for thriving communities.

To help address this issue, The Trust is providing grants to three organizations that are working to protect the rights of tenants. With $70,000, Churches United for Fair Housing will expand its tenant information meetings in Brownsville, make referrals to housing attorneys, and push for protections for tenants built into rezoning plans. A $70,000 grant to Flatbush Development Corporation will allow for more repair campaigns, housing workshops, and advocacy in Flatbush. Meanwhile, JustFix will use $85,000 grant to help tenants use their website and app to document poor housing conditions and connect with City-funded legal services.

BRINGING ELECTRIC BUSES TO SCHOOLS: As a result of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, $2.7 billion has been distributed across the U.S. for investments in clean transportation. The Trust funded successful advocacy that persuaded New York State to use part of their settlement monies to purchase 400 school or paratransit buses that use electric, alternative fuel, or clean diesel technology. But many school districts and their contractors need help understanding how to operate, charge, and maintain electric buses.

“Without advocacy and technical assistance to support electric school bus demonstration projects, another generation of kids could be forced to breathe toxic diesel fumes every morning and afternoon,” says Arturo Garcia-Costas, program officer for the environment at The New York Community Trust.

With $120,000, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund will hold electric bus pilot programs across New York State. United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund will use $100,000 to advocate for the shift to electric school buses in 10 states.

In addition to the grants highlighted above, The Trust also provided funding to the following organizations:

Children and Young Adults

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, $180,000 to train anti-violence educators to help prepare teens in detention centers and group homes to return to their communities.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New York City, $95,000 to improve support for young adults leaving foster care.

ExpandED Schools, $130,000 to reform New York City Department of Education policies to promote work-based learning.

GallopNYC, $150,000 to expand an animal-care program for young people with disabilities.

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, $90,000 to expand a program that helps young people in public housing get high school equivalency certificates and prepare for jobs.

New Alternatives for Children, $150,000 to help low-income children with autism spectrum disorder get access to behavioral therapy.

NPower, $100,000 to expand a free technology-training program for disadvantaged young people.

Help for Small Arts Organizations

Small arts groups (with operating budgets below $1.5 million) strengthen social and civic ties with their neighborhood-based programs. Yet their limited access to funding makes these groups vulnerable to major organizational changes, such as leadership transitions, space transitions, or restructuring. With this in mind, The Trust has awarded the following grants to nine small art groups to help them stay strong while navigating such changes:

Billie Holiday Theatre, $150,000 for marketing following a reorganization.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange, $150,000 for a leadership transition at this performing arts and social-justice organization.

Evidence Dance, $150,000 to test a new management structure with the Joyce Theater.

Feminist Press, $100,000 to expand programs and audiences towards a more inclusive publishing industry.

Flux Factory, $120,000 to expand and protect affordable artist workspace in Queens.

Movement Research, $100,000 to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities through an audit of the dance organization’s systems and programs.

Noble Maritime Collection, $90,000 to expand educational programs at this Staten Island historical center.

651 ARTS, $150,000 for a leadership transition at this Brooklyn arts group.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, $150,000 to document and expand a participatory theater program.

Other Arts and Culture Grants

Chamber Music America, $100,000 for a pilot program to help emerging chamber music performers improve their artistry, networking, and administrative skills.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, $150,000 to assist diverse artists in southeast Queens by hosting open studios, annual showcases, and expanding free studio hours.

Conservation and Environment

Acadia Center, $138,000 to advance clean heat in the Northeast’s residential building sector.

Building Electrification Initiative, $110,000 to promote clean heating technologies for buildings in ten cities.

Center for Sustainable Economy, $120,000 to help localities develop financial tools to manage risks created by the fossil fuel economy.

Clean Energy Group, $150,000 to accelerate the use of solar and battery storage technologies resilient to extreme weather in coastal communities.

Georgetown University, $75,000 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Northeast’s transportation sector.

Municipal Art Society of New York, $150,000 to improve the City’s environmental review process for proposed land uses.

New York University, $150,000 to facilitate private investment that can help the City implement global sustainable development goals.

Randall’s Island Park Alliance, $60,000 to coordinate academic research and ecological monitoring on Randall’s Island.

Improving our Food System in Response to Climate Change

Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor (HEAL) Food Alliance, $125,000 to advocate for a healthier and more sustainable national food system.

Union of Concerned Scientists, $100,000 to promote agricultural practices that help prevent and adapt to climate change.

Afterschool Literacy Instruction

Since 2014, The Trust has funded the creation and expansion of Ready Readers, an elementary afterschool reading program, which currently reaches more than 2,300 children in kindergarten through third grade. Last year, Metis, the external evaluator, concluded that more than 95 percent of students demonstrated gains in vocabulary and comprehension after completing Ready Readers. New grants from our Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education will help these organizations expand this successful program.

CAMBA, $647,000 to improve reading instruction in afterschool programs across eight schools in Brooklyn.

Chinese-American Planning Council, $642,000 to improve reading instruction in afterschool programs for students in kindergarten through third grade across ten schools in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $577,000 to improve reading instruction in afterschool programs for students in kindergarten through third grade in seven Brooklyn schools.

ExpandED Schools, $1,315,000 to improve reading instruction in afterschool programs for students in kindergarten through third grade across more than 20 schools in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.


Advocates for Children of New York, $220,000 to advocate for schools that are safe and effective for immigrants.

Center for Supportive Schools, $150,000 to test an expansion of the City’s effort to create community schools.

New York University, $200,000 to increase the use of data in school reform decisions.

Care for Older Adults

Carter Burden Center for the Aging, $55,000 to test new technology that gives homebound older adult and disabled Roosevelt Island residents remote access to a local senior center.

Volunteers of Legal Service, $75,000 to provide free legal assistance to help older veterans plan for end-of-life.


Care for the Homeless, $150,000 to add nurse managers to clinics that provide health and behavioral health care to homeless New Yorkers.

God’s Love We Deliver, $100,000 to prepare the leading medically tailored meal delivery program to seek Medicaid reimbursement.

Hospital for Special Surgery, $450,000 to study hearing loss in young patients suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, an incurable bone and cartilage disorder.

Human Services Council of New York City, $125,000 to develop partnerships between health providers and social service agencies in Central Brooklyn.

Historic Preservation

Historic House Trust of New York City, $339,000 to help the City’s historic house museums become more accessible to people with disabilities, including those with visual impairments.

Judson Memorial Church, $97,000 for a coordinator for the Brick and Mortals program, a coalition of 850 Protestant congregations that are working together to balance the capital cost of building renovation while providing space to worship.

Human Justice

College and Community Fellowship, $80,000 to prepare formerly incarcerated women to advocate for criminal justice reform.

Fund for Modern Courts, $140,000 for advocacy to streamline the State’s court system from 11 existing courts into two—the Supreme Court and the District Court.

New Pride Agenda, $100,000 to build an organization that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer New Yorkers.

VOCAL-NY, $90,000 to monitor and publicize prosecutors’ decisions about charges, bail, and sentencing to ensure fair decisions for all defendants.

Help for the Hungry

City Harvest, $100,000 to increase access to healthy food in poor neighborhoods, assist local distributors, and use new technology to improve food quality and efficiency.

Community Food Advocates, $70,000 to improve school meals in New York City public schools and increase the number of students who eat them.

Social Services

Early Childhood Partners Fund, $100,000 for a grantmakers’ collaborative to expand access to high-quality early childhood services.

Jeremiah Program, $50,000 to expand a college program for young, single mothers in Brownsville, Brooklyn, that also provides early childhood education programs for their children.

National Council for Behavioral Health, $1,100,000 to prepare social workers to address the opioid crisis in healthcare settings.

Network for Social Work Management, $100,000 for a fellowship program that prepares social workers for policy advocacy, analysis, and evaluation.

Workforce Development

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, $158,000 to improve job retention and wage gains among industrial manufacturing workers.

Upwardly Global, $80,000 to help skilled, but unemployed or underemployed immigrants move into better jobs through free online training courses, scholarships for certification programs, and interview preparation.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $150,000 to train job coaches to prepare people with blindness and intellectual disabilities for competitive employment.

Special Projects

Cause Effective, $100,000 to help nonprofit fundraising professionals of color advance to leadership positions.

City Limits, $270,000 to create a Spanish-language news website and digital newsletter on local issues for the nearly two million New Yorkers who are bilingual, or whose primary language is Spanish.

New York Public Radio, $100,000 for fact-based reporting, podcasts, and digital features on local issues.

Social Science Research Council, $80,000 to help nonprofits use performance metrics to improve their services and track outcomes.

Technical Assistance

The Trust provides annual grants of $50,000 to four groups that help build the region’s nonprofit sector. These organizations help other groups develop fundraising capacity, strengthen their boards, manage leadership transitions, and provide consulting, coaching, and free legal help. The grantees are Cause Effective, Community Resource Exchange, Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Support Center for 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. For more information, visit us at


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