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Shawn V. Morehead, NYCT Vice President for Grants:

The pandemic had devastating effects on the city in 2020. As we have tried to do for almost a hundred years, The Trust made grants in a wide range of areas to meet the moment’s pressing needs while also honoring our donors’ wishes. The Trust grants in 2020 helped feed hungry New Yorkers, provide internet and hardware to students living in homeless shelters. Our grants helped train unemployed New Yorkers for jobs in sectors that continue to grow despite the pandemic. Our grants helped provide emergency cash assistance to struggling individual artists and arts groups. Our grants helped maintain the city’s heavily used open spaces and even research the genome of the novel Coronavirus and potential treatments. But there is no denying that communities of color were hardest hit by the pandemic and the killings of several black Americans by police sparked nationwide protests. Both were a reminder that racism is deeply embedded in our country and in our institutions.

Shawn V. Morehead:

The pandemic had devastating effects on the city in 2020. As we have tried to do for almost a hundred years, The Trust made grants in a wide range of areas to meet the moment’s pressing needs while also honoring our donors’ wishes. The Trust grants in 2020 helped feed hungry New Yorkers, provide internet and hardware to students living in homeless shelters. Our grants helped train unemployed New Yorkers for jobs in sectors that continue to grow despite the pandemic. Our grants helped provide emergency cash assistance to struggling individual artists and arts groups. Our grants helped maintain the city’s heavily used open spaces and even research the genome of the novel Coronavirus and potential treatments. But there is no denying that communities of color were hardest hit by the pandemic and the killings of several black Americans by police sparked nationwide protests. Both were a reminder that racism is deeply embedded in our country and in our institutions.

Shawn V. Morehead:

At The Trust, we work to provide grants that will make New York a more equitable place. Our grants have helped create new opportunities for artists of color and build intergenerational wealth by preserving homeownership, particularly for black families in Brooklyn. While we are proud of the progress that we have helped foster, we are keenly aware that much work remains to be done to make New York a truly equitable city. In the videos that follow I hope you will get a sense of the grants that The Trust made in 2020, striving to make New York a truly equitable city.

At the Trust, we work to provide grants that will make New York a more equitable place. Our grants have helped create new opportunities for artists of color and build intergenerational wealth by preserving homeownership, particularly for black families in Brooklyn. While we are proud of the progress that we have helped foster, we are keenly aware that much work remains to be done to make New York a truly equitable city. In the videos that follow I hope you will get a sense of the grants that The Trust made in 2020, striving to make New York a truly equitable city.