The New York Community Trust has announced sixty-three grants totaling $7.8 million to organizations working in the areas of the arts, civil and human rights, education, the environment, health, human services, and workforce and youth development.
Grants include an award of $225,000 to the trust's New York State Census Equity Fund, which is supporting efforts to ensure a fair, accurate, and successful 2020 Census; an award of $250,000 to the Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in support of a competition aimed at identifying promising companies from around the country that can help achieve the city's sustainability goals; an award of $98,000 to the Fund for Public Health in New York to expand its Pharmacy to Farm Prescriptions program, which provides vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy regimen to combat and reverse heart disease and high blood pressure; and an award of $85,000 to the Woodlawn Conservancy in the Bronx to expand an apprenticeship masonry program that provides young people from low-income families with a pathway to good-paying jobs.
Through the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, which provides assistance to gifted young people of limited financial means who aspire to careers in the arts, the trust awarded nine grants, including $70,000 to the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation; $95,000 to the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy; $150,000 to the Harlem School of the Arts; and $150,000 to Urban Word NYC.
And through its Special Projects program area, the trust awarded $350,000, including a grant of $200,000 to the New-York Historical Society in support of an American history and civics course that will prepare more than two thousand green card holders to pass the citizenship exam, and a grant of $150,000 to the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition in support of efforts to generate economic development in Appalachia by restoring abandoned mine lands and facilities.
(Photo credit: Harlem School of the Arts)