2017 Grant Recipients

Bed-Stuy Parents Committee

Brooklyn, NY

Amount granted: $13,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Human Services

 

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 category: 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.

Community Cooks

Somerville, MA

Amount granted: $25,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: 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: Education, Women and Girls

 

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 category: 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.

Historic Hudson

Hudson, NY

Amount granted: $25,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: 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 category: 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.

Resonant Bodies Festival

New York, NY

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: 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: Education, Human Services, Women and Girls

 

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: Education, Visual Arts and Music

 

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.