The New York Community Trust has announced grants totaling $9.9 million to organizations working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and advance resilience and equity in New York City.
Grants were awarded to address vaccine hesitancy and the digital divide and in the areas of voter engagement, the arts, animal welfare, the environment, people with disabilities, health, food insecurity, immigrant justice, jobs and economic development, older adults, and youth development. Grant recipients include the Community Health Care Association of New York, which was awarded $200,000 to work with community health centers to address vaccine hesitancy in neighborhoods where it is prevalent; the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, which will receive $750,000 in support of its advocacy for a fully accessible voting system for people with disabilities; the Point Community Development Corporation, which was awarded $330,000 to expand Internet access in Hunts Point; the NYCT Mosaic Fund, which will receive $500,000 in support of efforts aimed at fostering equity for arts groups created by, for, and about communities of color; and the Staten Island Museum, which was awarded $200,000 to digitize genealogical information about African-American residents of Staten Island from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The trust also awarded grants of $510,000 to Fund for Public Schools in support of a program with New York University and the NYC Department of Education to accommodate students with emotional disabilities that make it difficult for them to comply with classroom rules; $160,000 to the Sustainable States Network to help forty small and mid-sized cities create and implement clean energy goals and reduce emissions; $400,000 to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, in support of ongoing enhancement of the Access-A-Ride program; $80,000 to Urban Youth Alliance International to coach youth advocating to close the Rikers Island jail complex and relocate persons held there to a new facility in the Bronx; and $200,000 to Animal Care Centers of NYC in support of efforts provide free veterinary care to low-income New Yorkers.
"The coronavirus pandemic not only created new needs for New Yorkers, but it also brought longstanding inequities into focus," said Shawn Morehead, the trust's vice president of grants. "Even as the vaccine rollout helps us turn the corner, we're continuing to address new and long-standing needs, ranging from vaccine misinformation to digital inequity and low voter turnout in local elections."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the New York Community Trust website.