2017 Grant Recipients

  • A Better Chance

    New York, NY

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Education

    To be used to support general operating expenses, specifically the initial stages of the College Preparatory Schools process (identification and preparation) in the New York and New England metro areas.

    Since 1963, A Better Chance has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in this nation. Its mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  The mission is carried out through its signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools.

  • Apollo Theater

    New York, NY

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services, Education

    To support the expansion of the Young Producer’s Club and Teen Takeover program.

    The Apollo Young Producers Club was first formed in 2015 for the alumni of the High School Internship Program. Program participants who have “graduated” from the internship are eligible to continue to meet at the Apollo every month under the continued supervision of the Apollo Theater Academy Education Manager to further their education about technical theater and arts management. The Young Producers Club allows previous interns to continue their education at Apollo by working on events throughout the year, including the Teen Takeover and Mainstage concerts, and Community Programs.

  • Bed-Stuy Parents Committee

    Brooklyn, NY

    Amount granted: $13,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services, Education

    To support an African Dance and Drum program. 

    The Bed-Stuy Parents Committee formed out of a sense that its central Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, had reached a critical moment of opportunity to reverse the long neglect of its neighborhood public schools. Funds will be used to support enrichment activities at a newly created extended day program for pre-K students at two public school in Bed-Stuy’s District 16 neighborhood.  Specifically, funds will be used to support an African Dance and Drum program that allows students to immerse themselves in the joy and vitality of music, language and dance from Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.

     

     

  • Boston Day and Evening Academy

    Boston, MA

    Amount granted: $12,360

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Education

    To support efforts to codify and develop a set of thoroughly assessed competencies, benchmarks and rubrics that can be shared with schools serving students with similar challenges.

    The mission of Boston Day and Evening Academy is to re-engage off-track students in their education preparing them for high school graduation, post-secondary success and meaningful participation in their community.  BDEA does this by blending a competency-based model with a student-centered and trauma-sensitive culture. Funds will be used to support efforts to codify and develop a set of thoroughly assessed competencies, benchmarks and rubrics that can be shared with schools serving students with similar challenges as those students attending BDEA. The vision is that these materials will be “open source” – i.e., available to other schools to download from their website for free.

  • Church of the Redeemer

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Amount granted: $6,450

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Historic Preservation

    To support the restoration of two windows.

    Founded in 1903, the Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located in Pittsburgh.  It fosters an inclusive community that boasts a history of social justice and outreach ministries.

    The Church’s current building was constructed in 1935 and has been designated a Historic Landmark by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. The stain glass windows, which were designed and made by Howard Gilmann Wilbert “represent the finest stained-glass technique in the true medieval tradition to be seen in this country.” Funds will be used to restore two windows depicting St. Patrick of Ireland.

  • Citizen Schools

    New York, NY

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Education

    To support the pilot year of the 8th Grade Coding Academy.

    Citizen Schools was founded in Boston in 1995 to help close the achievement and opportunity gap between children growing up in poverty and children from middle class households.  Specifically, to address the increasing gap in science and technology instruction, the capstone for 8th graders includes a new “coding academy” where students are matched with real world mentors in the technology sector who work with them throughout the year on a project that integrates several different coding techniques (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) with career exposure and mentorship.  The students and mentors will work on creating a website, and the program will involve in class instruction as well as partnerships with volunteers from Google.

  • Community Cooks

    Somerville, MA

    Amount granted: $25,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services

    To be used for increased program development activities and boosting effectiveness and efficacy via improved use of technology.

    Community Cooks offers free, home-cooked meals to vulnerable populations seeking assistance from direct-service programs. In contributing nutritious and much-needed food, Community Cooks aim to: feed hungry neighbors who might otherwise go without; build a bridge of caring between volunteers and community members in need; and support conditions for program participants to achieve success by alleviating their hunger needs.  Community Cooks is a diverse network of 900 volunteers who prepare and deliver 142 home-cooked group meals each month to 43 Greater Boston direct-service organizations, working on a range of social issues including homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse and issues affecting at-risk youth and low-income seniors.  

  • Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

    Hyde Park, NY

    Amount granted: $25,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Women and Girls, Education

    To support scholarships for the Girls and Boys Leadership Workshop. 

    The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill works to continue Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy and focuses on promoting human rights, especially of women, minorities and youth; combating racism; nurturing education and the arts; and the promotion of responsible citizenship.  Among ERVK’s programs are the Race Relations Project, the Welfare Reform and Human Rights Monitoring Project, a lecture series, and the Girls Leadership Workshop.  Specifically, the Girls and Boys Leadership Workshop is an international leadership development program intended for girls and boys entering their sophomore and junior years in high school.  Its objective is to help young adults develop self esteem, confidence, and the skills needed to exercise leadership; to provide opportunities for self-awareness, self definition and growth; to nurture sisterhood, citizenship and social responsibility; and to celebrate the life and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt.

  • Friends of Matènwa

    Matènwa, Haiti

    Amount granted: $50,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services

    To support initiatives generated from Haiti’s rural communities. 

    The mission of Friends of Matènwa is to support initiatives generated from Haiti’s rural communities for the betterment of their education, social justice, health and economic well-being.  Funds will be used to support “what needs to be done” in the rural Matènwa communities of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

  • Friends of Matènwa

    Matènwa, Haiti

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Rural Human Services, Education

    To develop and refine Institute Program and hubs in year 3.

    The Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) was established as a school that would ban corporal punishment, offer instruction in Creole, incorporate gardening as part of its core curriculum, and put an emphasis on child-centered learning in an environment of mutual respect, investigation and critical thinking.

    This is the third year of support for the Institute that seeks to refine and expand upon the basic components developed the first two years. It includes developing training materials that can be shared with the greater community.

  • Historic Hudson

    Hudson, NY

    Amount granted: $25,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Historic Preservation

    To preserve and protect the original 42 windows in the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate

    Historic Hudson was created to advocate for the preservation and cultural heritage of the historic architecture of the city of Hudson, NY. In 2003, Historic Hudson nominated and received listing for the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate as the only National Historic Landmark in the city of Hudson.  The original Bronson federal-style house was built in 1811 and is the earliest extant example of the “Hudson River Bracketed” style.  Funds will be used to preserve and protect the original 42 windows in the home.

  • Legal Outreach

    Long Island City, NY

    Amount granted: $15,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Education

    To support its Constitutional Law Debate program

    Legal Outreach is a college preparatory organization whose mission is to change the educational and career trajectory of students from underserved communities by (1) providing them with vision, inspiration and motivation, (2) equipping them with the academic skills critical to their future, and (3) supplying them with the support necessary to pursue higher education and professional careers.  The law is simply a tool for achieving these objectives.  The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to perform well at the collegiate level, the professional level, and in life.  Funds will be used to support its Constitutional Law Debate program, but especially the Debater of the Year Program, which will be held at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse.

  • Long Table Harvest

    Germantown, NY

    Amount granted: $22,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services

    To support the expansion of its Gleaning Program to include 12 new food pantries and 17 new farms.

    Long Table Harvest is a grassroots organization founded in 2015 with the mission to cultivate social and economic equality in the local food system through dynamic, inclusive and creative collaborations across a diverse rural community.  Long Table Harvest focuses on gleaning and distributing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats from local farms to food pantries as a way of alleviating the burden hunger plays on the community.  In its first year, the Gleaning Program picked up donated produce from 8-15 farms and then distributed it to 15 food pantries and after-school programs in the region.  Funds will be used to expand the program.

  • Resonant Bodies Festival

    New York, NY

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Visual Arts and Music

    To expand to locations outside of New York City

    Resonant Bodies Festival was founded in 2013 to support individual artists, to catalyze the creation of new vocal music, to expand the audience for new vocal music, and to challenge and transform the role of the vocal recitalist.  Funds will be used to expand, for the first time ever, to locations outside of New York City: Melbourne, Australia (May 2017), Los Angeles, California (February 2018) and Chicago, Illinois (April 2018). By adding these new geographic regions to the Festival they hope to expand the global network created by RBF for artists to inform, inspire, and enrich one another.

  • The Resource Center

    Dacatur, GA

    Amount granted: $25,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Women and Girls, Human Services, Education

    To support The Fresh Start Program.

    The Resource Center ‘s mission is to empower struggling women and mothers by providing the education, training, access, and support they need to escape the cycle of generational poverty, build brighter futures, and initiate fresh starts for themselves and their families.  The Resource Center (TRC) serves residents in the Greater Atlanta Metro Area.  Programs include Academic Coaching for Students, Healthy Resource for Children and Families, Little Women Rites of Passage, Moms Run Georgia, and Stand Down for Veterans.  TRC’s Fresh Start Program, a new program about to enter its “pilot phase”, will provide expedited, effective job training, career development, and job placement services that transition working mothers from poverty-level jobs, to self-reliant, living wage jobs. 

  • Time and Space Limited

    Hudson, NY

    Amount granted: $15,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Visual Arts and Music, Education

    To support its Apprentice Program by paying a portion of the salaries of the apprentices.

    Time and Space Limited's (TSL) mission is to educate, enliven, and expand the artistic quality of life in the community and to propose alternatives in art and activism through a community based forum.  TSL is committed to using art, advocacy and dialogue to revitalize the community, inspire positive change, and encourage dialogues across the divisions of class, color, gender and ethnicity.  TSL provides a range of programming including year round arts education, youth programs, film series, live performance music literary events, live simulcasts from the world’s most renowned opera, ballet and theater companies, art installations and community forums. 

  • Waltham Boys and Girls Club

    Waltham, MA

    Amount granted: $20,000

    Grant year: 2017

    Grant categories: Human Services, Education

    To support the Kids Cooking Green and Power Packs program.

    Waltham Boys and Girls Club's mission to inspire and enable all young people, but especially those who need support the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Today the Club serves 6,800 kids through its wide ranging programs, including an after school program, a nationally recognized and supported STEM program called Club Tech, a teen program, a sports and fitness program, a music studio, an aquatics program, and a summer camp.  The Waltham Boys & Girls Club Food Program, “Club Café” has been serving a crucial need in the community by addressing both food scarcity and educating youth on how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget.  The Food Programs at the Club include an afterschool and summer meal program, a “Healthy Waltham: Healthy Cooking Program”, and a new Kids Cooking Green Program, and a Power Packs program that provides food for kids to take home over the weekend and holidays when schools and the Club are closed.