The New York Community Trust Awards More Than$10 Million In New Grants To 64 Nonprofits

November 2, 2023

 The New York Community Trust today announced nearly $10.1 million in grants to 64 nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers and enhancing quality of life throughout the city and beyond.

This latest round of grants supports local organizations addressing critical community needs across health, education, human justice, economic and workforce development, the environment, and arts and culture.

“New York’s nonprofits work every day in the service of others and our city to expand opportunities, address pressing issues, and strengthen community,” said Shawn V. Morehead, The Trust’s vice president for grants. “Each grant represents another step toward ensuring New York is a thriving, equitable place to live, learn, and work.”

As New York’s community foundation, The Trust brings together the contributions of donors past and present to support nonprofits that are addressing the city’s immediate challenges while also advancing long-term systemic change.

Included in this latest round of grants are awards totaling nearly $1.5 million to 11 programs that advance the careers of gifted young artists in the performing, visual, and media arts. These grants—awarded through the Van Lier Fellowship Program—will help young adult professional artists between the ages of 18 and 30. 

Since 1991, the Van Lier program has helped outstanding arts groups create and expand fellowship programs benefitting more than 2,000 talented young artists from historically underrepresented populations. Former Van Lier fellows have gone on to achieve great success, including Pulitzer Prizes, exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, and MacArthur Fellowships.

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

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Arts and Culture
Grants awarded through theVan Lier Fellowship Program include:

American Composers Orchestra: $100,000 to provide 8-12-month fellowships to six young composers.

Angela’s Pulse: $150,000 to provide one-year fellowships to nine young Black dance artists.

Asian American Arts Alliance: $130,100 to provide one-year fellowships to six young performing artists.

Firelight Media: $150,000 to provide 18-month fellowships to six young documentary filmmakers of color creating social issue films.

Gallim Dance Company: $80,000 to provide two-week residencies to eight young women, transgender, and gender nonconforming movement artists of color.

Henry Street Settlement: $150,000 to provide two-year fellowships to three young visual artists of color.

International Studio and Curatorial Program: $150,000 to provide six-month fellowships to four young visual artists of color.

José Limón Dance Foundation: $110,000 to provide nine-month fellowships to eight young dancers of color and young gender-queer or non-binary dancers.

Movement Research: $150,000 to provide one-year fellowships to six young dance artists of color.

New York Theatre Workshop: $150,000 to provide one-year fellowships to eight young diverse theater-makers, including playwrights.

Repertorio Español: $150,000 to provide two-year fellowships to two young Latinx theater directors.


Bronx Legal Services: $300,000 to help parents, students and school administrators work together to address behavioral health issues in 12 Bronx schools.

Community Tech NY: $85,000 to help low-income communities of color advocate for better internet access.

Literacy Academy Collective: $100,000 to prepare educators to open schools for students with dyslexia.

Make the Road New York: $100,000 to support a youth-led campaign for the removal of police and metal detectors from schools.

New Yorkers United for Child Care: $250,000 to organize parents to advocate for universal childcare for children under five in New York City.

United Neighborhood Houses of New York: $220,000 to help community organizations adjust and respond to changes in New York City’s early childhood system.

Jobs and Workforce Development

African Communities Together: $150,000 to expand workforce opportunities in fields with livable wages for African immigrants.

Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless: $150,000 to help individuals with employment barriers maintain jobs and advance in the labor market.

Center for An Urban Future: $100,000 to support research efforts that advance the City University of New York’s work to engage employers.

Youth Development

Futures and Options: $100,000 to provide paid internships for New York City high school students.

New York Hall of Science: $85,000 to expand a science internship program for students in Queens.

The Door: $220,000 to expand and improve legal representation for young female immigrants who are survivors of gender-based violence.

Biomedical Research

Albert Einstein College of Medicine: $275,000 to improve how physicians use blood samples to detect pediatric solid tumor cancers.

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons: $350,000 to study a new compound that may preserve heart muscle during a heart attack.

Hospital for Special Surgery: $350,000 to study the effects of mutated immune cells on the progression of inclusion body myositis, a rheumatic disease that causes muscle inflammation and weakness.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: $225,000 to research how mutations within a gene cause or influence the progression of Parkinson’s disease.


Legal Action Center: $150,000 to support advocacy efforts to expand Medicare coverage to include drug treatment.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation: $150,000 to reduce injection drug use in Highbridge Park in Washington Heights and St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven.

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York: $200,000 to improve the operational efficiency of five recently merged New York Planned Parenthood affiliates.

People With Disabilities

Disability Rights Advocates: $102,000 to support litigation to make New York City’s subway system accessible for people with disabilities.

Eden II School for Autistic Children: $150,000 to encourage people to become and remain paraprofessionals who help people with disabilities live independently. 

Fast Feet Running and Athletics: $90,000 to expand a running program to all five boroughs for children with disabilities and their families.

Joyeux Foundation US: $150,000 to bring a successful workforce training program to the United States for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Queens Museum: $100,000 to create accessible programs and experiences for visitors with disabilities.

Older Adults

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute: $50,000 to develop an advocacy plan to improve job quality for home health aides.

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE): $100,000 to expand services for transgender, gender non-conforming and nonbinary older adults.

Human Justice

Documented Ltd: $141,000 to create a public database of wage theft violations in New York State.

JMacForFamilies: $150,000 to help strengthen parents’ rights during child welfare investigations.

Mobilization for Justice: $100,000 to litigate housing discrimination cases on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.

Right to Counsel NYC Coalition: $75,000 to expand the right to counsel for tenants facing eviction proceedings.

Human Services

Center for New York City Neighborhoods: $206,000 to start an advocacy campaign for a statewide program that provides one-time financial assistance to homeowners.

HELP USA: $210,000 to increase access to healthy food sources for supportive housing residents in East New York.

Homeward NYC: $200,000 to ensure New Yorkers moving out of homeless shelters and into permanent housing have the resources they need to remain housed.

Increasing Voter Turnout

Community Votes: $180,000 to prepare community groups to mobilize young people who are out of school to participate in local elections.

Dominicanos USA: $180,000 to increase voter turnout in local elections among young Latino adults.

DoSomething: $120,000 to encourage civic and voter participation among young New Yorkers.

Minkwon Center for Community Action: $180,000 to increase voter turnout in local elections among young Asian New Yorkers.

Generation Vote: $180,000 to support advocacy efforts to improve voter education for New York public college students.

YVote: $180,0000 to create a digital hub of civic engagement opportunities and resources for young people.

The above grants complement funding provided by our GoVoteNYC funder collaborative, dedicated to educating, engaging, and mobilizing voters, strengthening the city’s civic engagement infrastructure, and advocating for a fair and barrier-free electoral system.

Community Development

Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens: $70,000 to help homeowners and renters in Queens save for unexpected emergencies.

New Economy Project: $175,000 for services and advocacy to prevent predatory financial practices exploiting low-income New Yorkers.

TakeRoot Justice: $116,000 to engage public housing residents in NYC Housing Authority policy.

Conservation and Environment

Center for Biological Diversity: $115,000 to protect wildlife corridors and their intact habitats nationwide.

Coalition of Anglers for Sustainable and Thriving Fisheries: $150,000 to advocate for better management of Atlantic coast fisheries, which helps curb the impact of climate change.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy: $115,000 to support the installation and maintenance of greenspace and green infrastructure in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn.

Green Recovery Alliance: $250,000 to help states and localities use federal infrastructure funding to spur economic growth while prioritizing climate resilience and social equity.

Lawyers for Good Government: $115,000 to help disadvantaged communities access new federal climate and clean energy funding.

Natural Areas Conservancy: $150,000 to research and report on the value of urban forests for climate adaptation and stormwater management.

Riverkeeper: $100,000 to promote better use of city green spaces to manage runoff and adapt to climate change.

Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition: $300,000 to encourage reforms of the city’s commercial solid waste system.

U.S. Climate Alliance: $250,000 to help governors understand and access federal funding to address climate change.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice: $150,000 to encourage federal officials to prioritize environmental justice communities when implementing new laws and policies.

Technical Assistance

Staten Island NFP Association: $100,000 to advocate for and provide technical assistance to nonprofits on Staten Island.

About 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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