The New York Community Trust Grants $6 Million to Address Pressing Issues in New York, Appalachia - The New York Community Trust
December 10, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
The New York Community Trust Grants $6 Million to Address Pressing Issues in New York, Appalachia

Amy Wolf
Senior Communications Officer, (646) 214-1004

New York’s community foundation is supporting 47 projects to improve life for New Yorkers and beyond.

(December 10, 2019) NEW YORK The New York Community Trust recently committed more than $6 million to fund 47 projects that bring hip hop to young people with disabilities, protect home-owners in flood zones, and prevent opioid overdoses.

These latest grants provide critical support to dozens of organizations that are working to improve life in New York, as well as in the economically struggling Appalachia region.

“From emerging issues such as the effect of new flood zone maps on low-income homeowners to headline-grabbing issues like opioids and climate change, permanent funds created by generous New Yorkers allow us to respond to the problems that matter most to New Yorkers,” says Shawn Morehead, vice president for grants at The Trust. 

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:

Preventing opioid overdoses: While the opioid epidemic has decreased slightly citywide, The Trust is continuing to target areas such as the South Bronx and Washington Heights where opioid overdoses are still increasing. With a $225,000 grant from The Trust, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction will offer overdose prevention training, collect discarded syringes, and get more drug users rehabilitative care in the South Bronx. A $225,000 grant to the Washington Heights Corner Project will allow this group to assist more opioid users get help in their office and through their mobile services.

Protect low-income homeowners in flood zones: New York has more residents living in high-risk flood zones than any other city in the country. That number will increase with pending changes to how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is measuring flood risk due to climate change. These changes will threaten the ability of many low-income homeowners to stay in their homes, given likely increases in flood insurance requirements and premiums. Trust grants to the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn CDC totaling $275,000 will help provide counseling and access to funding for home repairs that mitigate against future flood damage. The two agencies will work together to issue policy reports and brief legislators on flood insurance affordability measures and develop policy recommendations to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities.

Advocating for Asian-American children: Asian-Americans comprise 15 percent of public school students, but the City and its education advocates often fail to consider their concerns when adopting new policies, including those related to admissions to specialized high schools and English-language learners. A $80,000 grant to the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families will help Asian-American communities participate more actively in these conversations.

Promoting clean energy grants in Appalachia: With funding left to us for Appalachia, The Trust is making two grants to let communities in that region cope with the rapidly fading coal industry. A grant of $148,000 to the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition will generate economic development in the region by restoring mine lands and facilities. A  grant of $60,000 to the Just Transition Fund will promote clean energy investments. The grants will support economic and workforce development programs; help at least five communities coping with coal-fired power plant closures plan for the future; and expand access to broadband.

Hip hop for young people with disabilities: When students with disabilities make music, they can improve fine motor control and active listening. But outside of the public school system, there are few affordable, age-appropriate, and engaging music programs for disabled youth. With a $60,000 grant to Bridging Education and Art Together (BEAT), The Trust is helping teaching artists provide beat-boxing classes to hundreds of young New Yorkers with disabilities.

Other grants include:

Arts and Culture

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, $95,000 to attract Chinese and Chinese-American audiences. This grant will help the organization host events, including musical demonstrations, to introduce new audiences to chamber music. 

Redford Center, $523,000 to encourage the development of environmental films. This grant will help expand the production of short films, documentary series, and feature films that focus on human-caused environmental problems and practical solutions.

Children and Youth

Woodlawn Conservancy, $85,000 to expand a paid training program in masonry and tree maintenance for young people, many of them young people of color from the Bronx. The Trust’s grant will provide people, ages 18 to 24, with the fundamentals of masonry while maintaining historic Woodlawn Cemetery’s statues and monuments.

Youth Communication, $165,000 to train staff to use story writing to build the skills and confidence of girls and young women who have faced abuse, detention, and/or spent time in foster care. The grant will help expand a program that helps young women become more comfortable expressing ideas and feelings and increase their interest in writing and reading.

YWCA of Brooklyn, $100,000 to help low-income girls and young women of color develop leadership skills and succeed in college. This grant will support a multi-year college access and leadership program for girls that combines academic support, test preparation, and application assistance with civic engagement activities and workshops on time management, financial literacy, and healthy relationships.

Community Development

Henry Street Settlement, $145,000 to coordinate and expand job-training programs on the Lower East Side to help low-income residents meet the rapidly changing needs of employers.

Met Council Research and Educational Fund, $90,000 to help tenants understand changes to rent regulations.

New York City Workforce Development Fund, $250,000 to help low-income residents access New York City’s labor market. This grant includes support for the CUNY Career Success program and the statewide Invest in Skills campaign.

Workforce Professionals Training Institute, $182,000 to build the capacity of the City’s workforce development field.

Conservation and Environment

PlantPure Communities, $100,00 to promote healthier, plant-based diets to address climate change. This grant will launch a national campaign that enlists health care professionals in an effort to move consumers away from meat.

Riverside Park Conservancy, $88,000 for improvements to and community stewardship of parks in northern Manhattan. The Conservancy will focus on engaging low-income residents and community groups to better respond to local priorities and improve the experience of visitors to North Park, which lags behind other Manhattan parks in attracting volunteers for landscaping, trash removal, and other stewardship activities.


Business United In Investing, Lending, and Development (BUILD), $85,000 to teach young people how to start and manage their own businesses at 12 New York high schools.

East Side House Settlement, $100,000 to help academically struggling students in the Bronx prepare for the labor market through a program that includes classes and 12-week paid internships. 

Girls Incorporated of New York City, $150,000 to build the leadership capacity of and improve academic and social outcomes for high school girls by helping the group expand its teen leadership program to 20 additional high schools.

Global Kids, $100,000 to build the leadership and technology skills of high school girls by bringing its Girl Hack digital learning program at six high schools in low-income communities that lack robust STEM offerings.

Language Conservancy, $32,000 to teach young Native American New Yorkers to speak and write in Lakota, an endangered indigenous language. In addition to language instruction, the grant will fund scholarships for students to attend the Lakota Summer Institute in North Dakota and support a monthly learning group in the City.

Queens Library Foundation, $200,000 to identify and plan to fill gaps in adult education programs in Queens. The library will identify the borough’s existing adult-education resources, share what it learns, and develop a plan for improving its program to meet the borough’s needs in areas such as English instruction, adult basic education, computer and technology instruction, and job training.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, $340,000 to help low-income college freshmen master calculus to prepare for majors in applied physical science and technology. This grant will provide scholarships to students to attend a STEM program at the University of Maryland and for students to study calculus at a CUNY campus.

Older New Yorkers

Womankind, $63,000 to support Asian women who are survivors of elder abuse. This trusted provider in the Asian community will expand art therapy, economic empowerment, and therapeutic art and dance programs in addition to providing counseling services.

Health and Behavioral Health

Pediatric Medical Provider and Community Agency Partnerships, $150,000 to nine organizations that are part of a learning collaborative in which pediatricians screen children for risk factors to health and well-being and connect them to services. To help embed screening and referrals in their ongoing work, The Trust is investing $14,000 each in BronxCare Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, New York University School of Medicine, Northwell Health, NYC Health+Hospitals, and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The Trust is also granting $38,000 to the United Hospital Fund of New York to coordinate the learning collaborative and oversee the evaluation.

New York Academy of Medicine, $200,000 to help residents and service providers track and develop recommendations to improve the health and well-being of children in East Harlem. 

Urban Health Plan, $200,000 for a federally qualified health center in the Bronx to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for the elderly. When older adults with chronic health problems are unable to independently navigate medical care or social services, they become frequent emergency department users and can be prematurely placed in a nursing home or long-term care facility. With this grant, more elders can remain at home or with their families, offering them a better quality of life and saving valuable public health dollars.

The New School, Center for New York City Affairs, $200,000 to lead a two-year campaign to ensure that timely access to quality mental health care is available to children in the City and across the state.

Human Justice and Human Services

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, $265,000 to train and mentor attorneys representing veterans in disability and pension claims with the Veterans Administration Disability Compensation and VA Pension benefits. These benefitswhich can mean the difference between homelessness and stabilityare notoriously hard to access and many eligible veterans need legal assistance.

Bronx Legal Services, $76,000 to provide emergency services for Bronx immigrants at risk of deportation. The grant will allow the organization to host know-your-rights workshops and emergency preparedness clinics and train at least 100 pro bono lawyers and law students to provide assistance to immigrants in the Bronx.

Covenant House New York, $150,000 to improve the social work and communication skills of staff working with homeless youth. 

Manhattan Legal Services, $95,000 to improve New York State’s system for tracking allegations of child maltreatment. To create a fairer system for tracking reports of child maltreatment, and ensure that parents in the Register actually belong there, Manhattan Legal Services will educate parents about their rights, press for improved policies, and represent clients.

New York Legal Assistance Group, $80,000 to provide immigration advice and representation to students in alternative high school programs. Lawful immigration status opens opportunities for students to pursue education, employment, and stability, while a mistaken application can mean deportation. 

Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, $100,000 to improve social work support for home-based child care providers and the children and families they serve. 

Volunteers of AmericaGreater New York, $200,000 to evaluate its programs and services for vulnerable people and identify areas that need improvement.

Nonprofit Leadership

Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY, $465,000 to continue The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship Program, a successful leadership development and management training program for mid-level nonprofit managers. The programnow entering its seventh yearhelps emerging nonprofit leaders, especially people of color, prepare for more senior roles within their organizations.

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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