The Foundation has an historic interest in ensuring that individuals and families living in the city have access to the services and resources they need to pursue and sustain successful lives. The Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the objectives outlined below. Please note that the "Results Sought" reflect the specific outcomes of interest to us.

Build and preserve economic security and independence among low-income individuals and families.

Results Sought:

  1. Increase the number of low-income New Yorkers who are placed in and retain jobs that support economic independence
  2. Increase the number of low-income New Yorkers enrolled in public benefits that complement work
  3. Enable vulnerable populations (e.g., the elderly) to remain in their own homes and communities, with a focus on systemic efforts to address barriers to independence
Grants 2021

City University of New York/Central Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Programs
To help support the CUNY Internship to Employment Program

Food Bank for New York City
To support annual tax filing assistance for low-income New Yorkers

Good Shepherd Services
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To support efforts to infuse economic mobility strategies into its programs in historically disinvested NYC communities

$25,000 (over eleven months)
To support the Lower East Side Employment Network

The Knowledge House Fellowship, Inc.
To expand postsecondary and career opportunities for emerging technologists from the Bronx

The New York Community Trust (New York City Workforce Development Fund)
To support the New York City Workforce Development Fund, a funder collaborative focused on promoting a more effective and equitable workforce system for low-income New Yorkers

Per Scholas Inc.
To plan and pilot the New York Satellite Partnerships model

Promote and sustain the availability of, and equitable access to, essential community resources needed to support stable, healthy communities, with an emphasis on systemic efforts.

Results Sought:

  1. Preserve and/or increase the quality and amount of affordable housing
  2. Preserve and/or increase the quality and availability of well-maintained parks and open spaces, and other essential community resources
Grants 2021

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To support its work with and through its member organizations, designed to advance affordable housing production and preservation and equitable economic development in New York City

The Bronx Community Foundation
$180,000 (over two years)
To help support programmatic work with the Bronx Digital Equity Coalition

$100,000 (over two years)
To support THE CITY, a nonprofit news organization serving the people of New York

City Parks Foundation, Inc.
$110,000 (over two years)
To support the Partnerships for Parks program, which seeks to strengthen park stewardship and equity efforts across New York City

City Parks Foundation, Inc. (Green Relief and Recovery Fund)
To support the NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund and support an assessment of the potential for shared services within the open space sector in NYC

Community Service Society of New York
$150,000 (over two years)
To support research, advocacy, coalition-building, resident engagement, and planning regarding the future of NYCHA

Community Tech NY a project of Allied Media Projects, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To build capacity for digital equity organizing with NYC communities

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To implement aspects of FAC's strategic plan

Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning
$325,000 (over two years)
To support the Neighborhoods First Fund's collaborative grantmaking

The New York Community Trust (GoVoteNYC Collaborative Fund)
To help support the GoVoteNYC collaborative fund

New Yorkers for Parks
$150,000 (over two years)
For general support of the efforts of New Yorkers for Parks and the 300+ member Play Fair Coalition

Riders Alliance
$60,000 (over fifteen months)
To ensure that subway and bus riders are prioritized in New York City's pandemic recovery process, with a focus on the needs of essential workers and low-income New Yorkers

Van Alen Institute
To help support Neighborhoods Now, a community-led COVID-19 response initiative that connects local organizations representing small businesses and other community constituents with pro-bono services from the design field and various professional areas to assist with re-opening and longer-term recovery efforts

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (FKA Friends of Van Cortlandt Park)
To support the development of a new strategic plan

Waterfront Alliance, Inc. (FKA Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Inc.)
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Rise to Resilience coalition and efforts to protect and prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change