New York Community Trust Awards $8.3 Million in Grants

New York Community Trust Awards $8.3 Million in Grants

The New York Community Trust has announced fifty-two grants totaling $8.3 million in support of New York City organizations working in the areas of aging services, behavioral health, LGBTQ issues, education, immigrant rights, human services, workforce and youth development, arts and culture, community improvement/development, and the environment.

Recipients include the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged and New York University College of Nursing, each of which was awarded $100,000 to expand and enhance a peer-education health program for older adults in the Bronx; the Legal Action Center, which will receive $150,000 in support of its efforts to ensure that New Yorkers, especially those who are court-involved, get substance-abuse treatment in the wake of federal changes to health care; the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, which was awarded $150,000 to study the barriers faced by transgender individuals in seeking employment or staying employed; New York University, which will receive $1.25 million to expand an early reading program to all PK-2 classes in Community School District 7 in the Bronx; and the Immigrant Defense Project, which was awarded $80,000 in support of its efforts to protect the rights of immigrants threatened with detention and/or deportation.

In addition, the trust awarded $200,000 to Invest in Skills NY in support of the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of additional investment in the state's workforce development system; $125,000 to Citizens' Committee for Children of New York to ensure rollout of the 2017 Raise the Age law; $160,000 to Cool Culture to develop and test an arts program that will make it easier for low-income families in New York City to access cultural institutions and activities; $125,000 to the Change Capital Fund in support of its efforts to help community groups adopt new anti-poverty ideas and track their results; and $100,000 to the Clean Air Task Force in support of its efforts to oppose the rollback of federal climate change regulations.

The trust also awarded $125,000 to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York for the eleventh year of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards program, which offers cash prizes and educational opportunities to nonprofits in the tri-state area.