Back in April, we touched on how the New York Community Trust funds a little bit of everything, making it a go-to funder for pretty much any type of nonprofit in the city.
Well, in the most recent grant cycle, a few more prominent funding priorities emerged. Approximately $9.12 million in grants was spread across the arts, community development, education, the environment, health, and workforce development.
But the important thing to remember is that all these grants weren’t decided on by a bunch of like-minded relatives at a family foundation. In fact, there are more than 2,000 charitable funds at the trust today.
According to a NYCT press release, “These grants are possible because of thousands of New Yorkers—from a cabbie to Brooke Astor—wanted to give back to New York City and beyond.”
So to get a sense of where overall grantmaking is focused and where the largest priorities lie with New York donors, here are four top issues to pay attention to.
Arts and Culture
Eleven arts nonprofits secured NYCT grants in the most recent funding cycle, which is more grants than any other category. Top grantees were the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and the Urban Bush Women, who each won $150,000 grants. Other arts & culture grants fell into the $50,000 to $100,000 range. Although grants in this category tend to be smaller, there are often more of them disbursed.
Youth Development and Gang Prevention
This funding category saw the second largest number of grants: eight. Grants in this category ranged in size from $35,000 to $170,000, a bit broader than arts & culture. The top grantee was Row New York, which is a Queens-based nonprofit that’s launching a Girl’s Education, Fitness, and Empowerment Exchange. Otherwise, after-school programs and college/career readiness are the top issues here.
Jobs and Workforce Development
Not surprisingly, the jobs and workforce development category also saw a lot of grants in this recent cycle. Spread across six nonprofits, these grants ranged between $100,000 and $200,000.
Although $200,000 is on the high end of NYCT grant amounts, the largest grant was actually made in the hunger and poverty category: $600,000 to the Bridge Fund of New York for cash assistance and counseling to low-income, working families at risk of losing their homes.
Although NYCT has never completely thrown itself into the LGBT funding scene, it regularly supports LGBT causes around the city. Most recently, the trust awarded a $50,000 grant to the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project and $150,000 to the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center for a substance abuse program in Manhattan.
The next NYCT grant application deadline is October 15, for decisions to be made on or before April 15, 2016. Check out the foundation’s How to Apply and Requests for Proposals pages for up-to-date information about deadlines and opportunities.