The New York Community Trust gives $5.6 million to expand free coding classes, improve mass transit, increase public engagement at museums, and more.

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Amy Wolf, 646-214-1004,

David Marcus, 212-889-3963,

(April 9, 2018) NEW YORK—The New York Community Trust recently approved $5.6 million in grants to 45 nonprofits in all five boroughs and beyond for programs ranging from expanding a business incubator for small food companies to improving the early education of foster children. A few highlights:

Arts and Culture: Alliance of Resident Theaters will use $150,000 to help theaters prevent sexual harassment of actors.

Children and Youth: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center will use $200,000 to train Chinese-speaking parents of children with developmental disabilities. Developed by the World Health Organization, the Parent Skills Training program has proven effective in other countries.

Elderly: Search and Care is putting $70,000 to work expanding a money-management program for older adults.

The Trust is committed to helping solve some of New York’s toughest problems. For each of the following grants, we offer journalists one-page background memos on the problems and how we’re addressing them. Please contact Amy Wolf for more. Other grants:

Conservation and Environment

  • Center for Climate Strategies will use $350,000 to help Chile, Ghana, and Thailand meet their  commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Defenders of Wildlife will use $100,000 to build awareness of the need to protect ecologically fragile land along the Mexican border, where endangered wildcats live.

  • Enterprise Community Partners will use $350,000 to help areas damaged by recent hurricanes rebuild in a more sustainable and resilient way.
  • Environmental Advocates of New York will use $100,000 to build support for the state’s climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association received $125,000 to support fellowships for graduate students of color to increase diversity within leading environmental groups. 
  • Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment will use $100,000 to help environmental organizations evaluate and analyze technologies to stall or reverse global warming.
  • XPRIZE Foundation received $100,000 to develop technologies that convert carbon emissions into products.

Arts and Culture

  • American Folk Art Museum received $150,000 to support internships for minority students pursuing museum careers.
  • Long Island City Partnership received $100,000 to improve street signs and lighting in Long Island City.
  • Queens Theater will use $150,000 to develop a theater program for visually impaired and disabled artists and audiences.

Jobs and Workforce Development


  • Brooklyn Alliance received $120,000 to help food, apparel, and design manufacturers in Brooklyn hire and train workers.
  • Hot Bread Kitchen will use $130,000 to provide marketing and financial advice, and organize promotional events for catering and retail clients that use its incubator.


  • Community Healthcare Network/Institute for Community Living will use $200,000 to hire nurse practitioners to provide coordinated health care in Brooklyn.
  • New York University School of Medicine will use $180,000 to evaluate The Trust’s investments in improving the health of South Bronx residents.
  • Primary Care Development Corporation will use $115,000 to boost small, primary care practices.
  • Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness will use $100,000 to fight childhood obesity on Staten Island.


  • Center for an Urban Future will use $50,000 to evaluate and improve the City’s senior service system.


  • New York Public Library will use $240,000 to highlight the nation’s largest LGBT archives and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
  • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) will use $100,000 to support tenants at two affordable housing residences for LGBT older adults.
  • Stonewall 50 Consortium will use $50,000 to coordinate events for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Human Justice and Civic Affairs

  • Community Votes will use $60,000 to oversee voter registration and encourage residents of underrepresented neighborhoods to become active in their communities.
  • Fund for New Citizens will use $150,000 to strengthen nonprofits that support and advocate for immigrants in New York City.
  • Immigrant Justice Corps will use $420,000 to help establish legal service programs in Asian, African, and Caribbean communities.
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement will use $70,000 for an immigrant advocacy program in the country’s largest public housing development, in Queens.
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action will use $90,000 to encourage Asian-American New Yorkers to vote.

Education and Youth Development

  • Alliance for Quality Education will use $80,000 to push New York State to account for different students’ needs when analyzing the fairness of school funding.
  • Brotherhood/Sister Sol will use $200,000 for youth leadership programs while its new building is under construction.
  • Cardinal McCloskey Community Services will use $200,000 to meet the early education needs of foster children.
  • Children’s Aid Society will use $100,000 to improve access to high-quality early education in the South Bronx.
  • Knowledge House will use $125,000 to expand a free coding program to four new high schools and place 90 students in paid internships at tech companies.
  • New York City Coalition for Educational Justice will use $140,000 to advocate for policies and classes that take into account students’ diverse backgrounds.
  • Read Alliance will use $200,000 to expand a program that builds vocabulary skills among at-risk students in elementary school.

Human Services

  • Prevent Child Abuse New York will use $50,000 to advocate for expanded home visiting and child care programs.
  • Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement will use $50,000 to update the self-sufficiency standard and raise awareness of the alternative poverty measure for New York City.

Community Development

  • Regional Plan Association will use $80,000 to encourage residents to support a proposed light-rail transit service connecting Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx neighborhoods, from Bay Ridge to Coop City.
  • Riders Alliance will use $75,000 to organize New Yorkers to push for better mass transit.
  • Spaceworks will use $100,000 to strengthen grassroots cultural hubs so neighborhoods in transition can thrive.
  • Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) will use $70,000 to expand services with revenue-generating potential for limited equity cooperative buildings that house 30,000 New York families.

Special Needs

  • AXS Lab will use $42,000 to support a crowd-sourced tool for mapping, checking, and rating the accessibility of places of interest for people with disabilities.
  • New York Hall of Science will use $50,000 to expand a special program for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
  • Teach Access will use $50,000 to introduce training materials for software developers that incorporate the needs of people with low vision and other disabilities.  

Special Projects

  • Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies will use $125,000 to develop an interactive online database to track the flow of federal funds to city agencies for programs and services.

About The New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. It is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. Visit us at

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