New York Community Trust Awards $12 Million in Grants

The New York Community Trust has announced more than $12 million in grants to sixty-nine nonprofits, including support for immigrant children, literacy programs in public elementary schools, and mental health for women veterans.

To help combat Islamophobia, the foundation awarded grants to Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services and the CUNY School of Law Foundation. Support for immigrants in general includes grants of $90,000 each to Catholic Charities Community Services, The Door, and the Legal Aid Society. Other recipients of grants include the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, God's Love We Deliver, and the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City.

According to the foundation, only 30 percent of third-graders in the city read at grade level. To address the problem, NYCT's Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education awarded three grants totaling more than $4.2 million in support of efforts to improve the reading skills of young students in low-performing schools. Recipients include Teaching Matters (nearly $2.3 million), the Fund for Public Schools (nearly $1.2 million), and ReadWorks ($803,000).

"It's not easy to teach children to read, let alone thirty at once," said NYCT education program director Shawn Morehead. "Yet many teachers in our public schools haven't received enough high-quality, practical training on the science of teaching reading."