The New York Community Trust has announced second-quarter grants totaling $5.4 million to forty-five nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community development, disabilities, education, the environment, and health and human services.
Recipients include the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, which was awarded $50,000 to integrate leadership and other social skills into an arts program that works with introverted students and those on the autism spectrum; Alpha Workshops, which will receive $100,000 to expand a decorative arts training program for people with physical and chronic illnesses such as AIDS; the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, which will receive $150,000 to improve the quality of home care for elderly and disabled people by supporting higher pay and better training for their caregivers; and the Center for Court Innovation, which was awarded $150,000 to expand Adolescent Diversion, an alternative to jail for young New Yorkers.
NYCT also awarded $100,000 to Lantern Community Services to help former foster children live happier, more productive lives by tailoring mental health treatment for those living in agency-supported housing; $90,000 to Enterprise Community Partners to help owners of small apartment buildings secure the resources needed to improve their properties; $150,000 to WE ACT for Environmental Justice in support of its efforts to ensure that state and federal energy policy reforms benefit poor communities by reducing pollution and promoting economic development; and $80,000 to Sanctuary for Families to provide legal representation to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other forms of gender violence referred to it through ActionNYC.
"While many groups try to help immigrants become taxpayers and legal residents, we want to learn what kinds of legal aid really improve people’s daily lives," said Shawn Morehead, the trust's senior program officer for education and human justice.
For a complete list of the trust's second-quarter grants, visit the NYCT website.