The New York Community Trust has announced grants totaling $4.8 million in the areas of gun violence, transportation, health care, the environment, and poverty.
Grants were awarded to forty-six nonprofits, including the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund, which will receive $160,000 to train community members to work with public school students to reduce violence in high-crime neighborhoods; the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, which was awarded $75,000 to ensure that local and state climate policies benefit poor communities; the healthcare transparency website FAIR Health, which will receive $75,000 to add a tool that helps patients understand their options and make informed decisions about the cost of their care; and the Regional Plan Association, which was awarded $87,000 in support of its work to connect Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx neighborhoods with a light rail transit service.
Other grant recipients include Staten Island Arts, which was awarded $217,000 in continuing support of an initiative to expand and diversify audiences, including people with disabilities; Service Program for Older People, which will receive $75,000 to improve access to mental health care for older adults; Exalt Youth, which was awarded $100,000 to expand an internship program for court-involved teenagers; and Black Women’s Blueprint, which will receive $75,000 to provide advocacy and counseling for young women who are victims of violence.
"Many of the challenges New York faces aren’t easy to fix," said NYCT vice president for grants Shawn Morehead. "Addressing issues like climate change and equity in our schools requires long-term investment and a willingness to attack the problem from all angles."
(Photo credit: Service Program for Older People)