The New York Community Trust Awards $8.2 Million in Grants to 56 organizations in all five boroughs. - The New York Community Trust
October 9, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
The New York Community Trust Awards $8.2 Million in Grants to 56 organizations in all five boroughs.

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City’s community foundation addresses maternal morbidity among African-American women in New York hospitals, helps start a museum program for families using food assistance, and much more. 

(October 15, 2019) 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 how the projects we’re funding are addressing some of our region’s most urgent challenges. Please contact Amy Wolf for more details. Some highlights:

REDUCING MATERNAL MORBIDITY IN BLACK WOMEN: The United States is the only developed nation that experienced an increase in pregnancy-related deaths over the past two decades. This trend affects black women the most. Research shows that college-educated black women experience higher rates of maternal morbidity than white, Asian, or Latina women with less than a high school diploma, regardless of the health care providers’ race or ethnicity. With $300,000 from The Trust, Fund for Public Health in New York will work to better care for black women in New York City hospitals by providing training for health care institutions. Clinicians will practice addressing life-threatening complications during childbirth using robotic mannequins, and peer educators will coach pregnant women on their rights in maternity care.

ENGAGING NONPROFITS TO INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT: New York City and State have some of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, especially in low-income neighborhoods. That is why The Trust has supported Community Votes with $220,000 over the past five years (including $70,000 in this most recent round of grants) to help health, afterschool, and other social service organizations engage their clients and communities in voting and civic participation. Its successful model uses the staff of trusted agencies to register and educate hard-to-reach New Yorkers. This grant will also fund development of a tracking system to compare voter turnout data in targeted communities against the turnout in similar neighborhoods. The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is also using $290,000 to register people with disabilities to vote and improve their access to community board meetings and other civic engagement opportunities.

STARTING A MUSEUM PROGRAM FOR SNAP FAMILIES: The New York Community Trust is continuing its commitment to helping low-income New Yorkers access our world-class cultural institutions. ArtsConnection will use $500,000 to start a free or $1 museum admission program for families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—a population that accounts for one out of every five New Yorkers. The group will work with New Yorkers using SNAP to design and carryout the program. It will also work with the City’s Human Resources Administration to promote the effort.

CONNECTING SOLAR ENERGY WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Community groups and nonprofit developers need help taking advantage of New York’s recent solar-friendly policy changes. The New York Community Trust is giving $300,000 to Solar One and $140,000 to Joint Ownership Entity New York City to fill this gap and install shared solar fields on the rooftops of affordable housing complexes across the City. The groups will also develop financial instruments, such as a revolving loan fund, to make solar energy more affordable for nonprofits.

PRESERVING WEALTH IN BROOKLYN: The ability to transfer wealth between generations is the single largest determinant of a family’s long-term economic wellbeing. In historically African-American neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and East New York, thousands of heirs fail to secure their inherited homes in Surrogate’s Court proceedings because they cannot afford a lawyer. Grow Brooklyn will use a $97,000 grant to preserve wealth in these communities. They will deliver workshops to seniors on the need for end-of-life planning, provide representation to help heirs secure assets when there is no will, and will train nonprofit legal service providers to help with estate planning.

ADVANCING THE CAREERS OF YOUNG PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS: The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund helps gifted young people of limited financial means who aspire to careers in the arts. The Trust makes grants each year to arts groups for fellowships in a spectrum of disciplines. Since 1991, our Van Lier Fellowship Program has opened new, life-changing opportunities to more than 2,000 young artists. This year, The Trust is supporting programs to help young, emerging artists complete a project and earn professional credit to advance their careers. This year’s grantees include:

Ars Nova, $100,000 for four early-career theater makers to produce new, genre-defying work.

Asian American Arts Alliance, $75,000 to provide one-year fellowships to six artists in theater, music, dance, and visual arts.

Firelight Media, $150,000 to provide 18-month fellowships to six young documentary filmmakers of color who are working on their first or second feature-length film.

Lark Theatre Company, $150,000 to provide one-year fellowships to four emerging playwrights of color.

Roulette Intermedium, $100,000 for four experimental composers to produce, present, and record two public performances each.

Smack Mellon Studios, $90,000 for six emerging visual artists to create and present their work to the public at two open studio events.

Socrates Sculpture Park, $150,000 to provide 11-month fellowships in Queens to nine emerging artists who will present their work in a six-month outdoor exhibition.

Wave Hill, $100,000 to provide one-year fellowships in the Bronx to four emerging visual artists who will create new work that deals with the natural world and landscape.



Community Development 

Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York, $67,000 to evaluate a new City program that helps homeowners convert illegal basement apartments into safe, legal living space.

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, $100,000 to engage local residents and merchants in the revitalization of the Southern Boulevard commercial corridor in the Bronx.


Bard College, $100,000 to advocate to expand access to “early college” high schools, which provide an Associate in Arts degree along with a high school diploma.

Fund for Public Schools, $375,000 to train pre-K teachers to provide arts education through workshops and coaching sessions with master teaching artists.

Hook Arts Media, $75,000 to teach spoken word poetry to struggling high school students.

NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, $160,000 to advocate for policies and curricula that account for students’ diverse backgrounds.

Human Justice

Bronx Defenders, $80,000 to create a fair and effective system for collecting traffic fines from low-income drivers.

Day One, $115,000 to help social workers address intimate partner violence among teens.

Make the Road New York, $75,000 to help undocumented young people access State financial aid for college.

Human Services 

Children’s Village, $150,000 to increase the number of foster children living with relatives and improve the supply of quality foster homes.

Citizens Committee for Children of New York, $80,000 to strengthen policies and programs for homeless children and families.

Council on Social Work Education, $150,000 to include policy in coursework and field placements at schools of social work.

New Destiny Housing Corporation, $50,000 to evaluate services for newly housed domestic violence survivors and their children.

Youth Development

Girls for Gender Equity, $85,000 to improve policies that affect young women of color through a youth advisory council.

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, $150,000 to expand a citywide youth organizing and leadership program.

New York Hall of Science, $110,000 to expand a paid science internship program for high school students in Queens.

New York on Tech, $125,000 to expand a coding program for disadvantaged high school students.

Phipps Neighborhoods, $100,000 to prepare young jobseekers for outpatient health care careers.

Roundabout Theatre Company, $75,000 to expand a paid youth apprenticeship program in technical theater.

Older Adults 

Citymeals-on-Wheels, $75,000 to advance the long-term stability of the City’s largest provider of home-delivered meals for isolated and frail older adults.

Osborne Association, $100,000 to educate policy makers and nonprofits about the needs of formerly incarcerated older adults.

Biomedical Research 

Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, $226,000 to study spinal cord stimulation as a potential treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Health Research, $307,000 to study P. aeruginosa, a fatal, drug-resistant bacterium that grows in relatively sterile settings like hospitals.

Weill Cornell Medicine, $200,000 to study the effects of beta blockers on older adults with heart failure.


Catholic Charities Community Services, $100,000 to provide vision care and social services for immigrants and older adults with visual disabilities.

Citizens Budget Commission, $60,000 to propose solutions to New York’s health insurance coverage gap.

City University of New York, $300,000 to train recovering substance users to provide peer support.

Fountain House, $200,000 to develop coordinated treatment plans that include medical, behavioral health, and psychosocial rehabilitation services.

Medicaid Matters New York, $150,000 to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the transition to Medicaid managed care.

New York School-Based Health Foundation, $100,000 to help downstate school-based health centers transition to Medicaid managed care.

New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, $285,000 to train primary care nurses who work in community settings to identify and treat addiction and other behavioral health problems.

Conservation and Environment

Coalition for Green Capital, $100,000 to support a national network of financial institutions investing in clean energy.

Columbia Land Conservancy, $80,000 to support a wildlife corridor stretching from the Hudson Valley to Southern Vermont.

Energy Vision, $76,000 to support converting organic wastes into renewable natural gas for use in diesel vehicles.

Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, $138,000 to support climate resilience efforts in two Jamaica Bay communities.

Sustainable States Network, $140,000 to help 30 cities in five states develop or improve energy-efficiency programs for buildings.

XPRIZE Foundation, $125,000 to support the development of technologies that convert carbon emissions into fuels, fertilizers, and other products.

Technical Assistance 

Advocacy Institute, $150,000 to develop technology to track legislative advocacy campaigns and lobbying compliance.

Governance Matters, $60,000 to help nonprofits develop good governance practices to attract strong board leaders.

Special Projects 

CUNY School of Professional Studies, $119,000 to research and improve services for the City’s young immigrants.

New York State Census Equity Fund, $300,000 to ensure an accurate and fair 2020 census count in New York State.

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

The New York Community Trust is committed to helping with some of New York’s most urgent challenges. For questions, please contact Amy Wolf.

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