The New York Community Trust Announces $7.7 Million In Grants To 39 NY Nonprofits

February 23, 2024

 The New York Community Trust today announced more than $7.7 million in grants to 39 nonprofits working to build and sustain healthy, rewarding lives in New York and beyond.

This latest round of grants supports organizations addressing a wide range of community needs, including aiding newly arrived migrants, supporting cancer patients, empowering women of color to launch their own businesses, and helping artists find studio space.

“Local nonprofits demonstrate a tireless commitment to bettering the lives of New Yorkers,” said Shawn Morehead, The Trust’s vice president for grants. “We are proud to play a role in improving the quality of life for so many in our community through grants to help cancer patients access essential care, local artists find space to create, and much more.”

Several grants support efforts to help asylum seekers navigate the complex U.S. immigration system–a response to New York’s ongoing influx of migrants. Grants to groups including the Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative, UnLocal, and Catholic Charities Community Services Archdiocese of New York will provide legal support and training to newly arrived asylum seekers and help them represent themselves in immigration proceedings.

Meanwhile, The Trust is directing more than $1.2 million in grants to assist people living with cancer, including financial aid and food deliveries for those in need, and support and legal services to connect immigrants and others with treatment.

As New York’s community foundation, The Trust brings together the contributions of donors past and present to address the city’s immediate challenges and advance long-term systemic change while also honoring the charitable goals of donors.

The following is a list of grants awarded today by The Trust. Longer descriptions of the programs supported are available upon request.

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Caring for Cancer Patients

Cancer Care: $310,000 to provide financial aid to cancer patients in need.

God’s Love We Deliver: $310,000 to feed cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: $310,000 to help immigrants with cancer find and obtain treatment.

New York Legal Assistance Group: $310,000 for legal services to connect people with cancer with treatment.

Improving Care for the Homeless

Care Coordination Fund: $450,000 to create a collaborative fund in The Trust that improves care for homeless New Yorkers with mental illness who live on the streets.

Supporting People With Disabilities

INCLUDEnyc: $125,000 to assist families of young children with disabilities enrolling in early childhood services.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest: $250,000 to advocate for a more efficient and fair application and recertification process for Access-A-Ride, a New York City program that provides public transportation to people with disabilities.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: $200,000 to provide training and resources for parents of visually impaired children.

Making Life Better for Older Adults

Grantmakers in Aging and Grantmakers In Health: $60,000 each to engage philanthropy in advocacy to increase federal funding for older adult services through the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.

LiveOn NY: $125,000 to promote civic literacy and voting among older adults.

University Settlement Society of New York: $115,000 to provide comprehensive case management and social engagement to homebound Chinese and Latinx older adults.

Empowering Girls and Young Women

Hot Bread Kitchen: $100,000 to help low-income women of color start and expand small businesses in the food industry.

New York University: $160,000 to expand a proven mentoring program for girls involved in the juvenile justice system.

Advancing Human Justice

Catholic Charities Community Services Archdiocese of New York: $300,000 to provide legal assistance to newly arrived asylum seekers.

Freedom Agenda: $150,000 to advocate to repurpose Rikers Island and reform the city’s approach to incarceration.

Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative: $300,000 to aid unrepresented asylum seekers navigating immigration court.

North Star Fund: $200,000 to support grassroots campaigns to end police violence against Black people.

UnLocal: $750,000 to help prepare migrants to represent themselves during immigration proceedings.

Supporting Workforce Development Research

The New School: $75,000 to continue to analyze New York City’s economy and labor market.

Expanding Youth Development Programs

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York: $100,000 to expand a youth organizing program  for aspiring activists in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties

NPower: $130,000 to expand a free technology training program for young people from low-income backgrounds.

Phipps Neighborhoods: $130,000 to expand healthcare and building maintenance training programs for unemployed young people in the Bronx.

Strengthening Arts and Culture

Brooklyn Arts Council: $50,000 to use technology to help Brooklyn artists, residents, and organizations exchange resources and share skills.

Cool Culture: $150,000 to build a citywide network of cultural equity advocates, including families, caregivers, educators, and artists.

Gibney Dance: $100,000 to provide subsidized, accessible studio space to dance artists.

Latino Theater Company: $450,000 to strengthen Latinx theater groups in New York City.

Queens Theatre: $250,000 to grow its audience base of people with disabilities.

Improving Housing and Public Transportation

City Limits: $125,000 to expand news coverage of the city’s public housing system.

Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York: $150,000 to support safe affordable housing production through zoning and regulatory reform.

New York State Tenants and Neighbors Information Service: $120,000 to protect the rights of tenants in rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem.

People-Oriented Cities: $90,000 to support redesign of the city’s bus system. 

Preserving City Neighborhoods Housing Development Fund Corporation: $200,000 to preserve affordable housing and prevent tenant displacement resulting from the closure of Signature Bank, which shuttered in March 2023.

Riders Alliance: $95,000 to improve bus lane service in the outer boroughs.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign: $200,000 to support the implementation of congestion pricing and other mass transit reforms.

Protecting the Environment

CALSTART: $150,000 to encourage a global transition to zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.  

Ceres: $125,000 to decarbonize medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in several U.S. states.

Helping Nonprofit Leaders

Cause Effective: $174,000 to provide intensive support to nonprofit leaders working to improve organizational culture, sustain services, and fundraise.

Lawyers Alliance for New York: $300,000 to help nonprofits with the legal implications of financial challenges and economic uncertainty.

The New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust is a public charity and New York City’s largest community foundation. It connects generous people and institutions with high-impact nonprofits making the city, Westchester, and Long Island better places for all. It builds stronger communities, influences public policy, fosters innovation, improves lives, and protects our environment.

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