The New York Community Trust has announced grants totaling $7.3 million to nonprofit organizations in New York City and across the country.
Grants were awarded in support of the arts, civic affairs, community development, education, the environment, health and human services, historic preservation, journalism, and legal assistance. Recipients include the Center for Urban Community Services, which was awarded $100,000 to add primary care to a mental health treatment program for formerly homeless mentally ill adults; the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, which will receive $50,000 for a hepatitis C screening and treatment campaign; Public Health Solutions, which was awarded $100,000 to test a new program that enables girls and young women in the South Bronx to answer confidential questions on computers, smartphones, and tablets and then receive information about contraception and local health referrals; and the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund, which will receive $200,000 to establish a funders collaborative that works to develop a coordinated cultural policy agenda, build support for small minority-led arts groups outside of Manhattan, and catalyze more diverse audiences in all boroughs.
The trust also awarded $180,000 to First Book to provide thousands of nonfiction books to K-3 classrooms in nine high-poverty schools and help teachers and parents use the books to improve children’s reading skills; $115,000 to the Union Settlement Association to use photography and oral storytelling to improve reading skills of English-language learners; $200,000 to nonprofit agency Graham Windham to enable foster care agencies to implement a casework model that helps parents and foster parents develop their own skills to solve family problems; $35,000 to the Crown Heights Mediation Center for an anti-gang violence program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; and $50,000 to the Brooklyn Movement Center for an online news service by and for community residents in central Brooklyn.
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the NYCT website.