You’re probably already aware that the New York Community Trust (NYCT) manages more than 2,000 charitable funds and focuses grantmaking on the five boroughs. But what you might not know is that there are two separate divisions within the Trust, the Westchester Community Foundation and the Long Island Community Foundation, which make grants in their own communities.
The Long Island division, based in Melville, recently made news when it announced 18 new nonprofit grants totaling $410,000. Here’s where Long Island grants have been going lately:
- Counseling workshops for veterans and their families
- Science enrichment programs on the East End
- Support for affordable homes
LICF has been awarding grants since 1978, with about $150 million in awards since that time. There are typically three grant cycles per year, with deadlines falling in January, April, and August. The funder supports programs in the following program areas:
- Community development
- Health (cycle 3 only)
- Mental health
- Technical assistance
- Youth violence prevention
These locally focused grants typically fall in the $15,000 to $25,000 range. LICF also administers two competitive grantmaking funds: the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund and the All for the East End Fund (Building Stronger Neighborhoods Program). Long Islanders can learn more on the foundation website.
But this isn’t the only news coming from NYCT lately. Earlier this spring, NYCT announced $4.3 million in local and national grants to 40 nonprofits.
On top of that, the foundation recently announced 10 new Hive Digital Media Grants totaling $610,600, aimed at bringing digital learning to inner-city youth. Although this tech-savvy fund was just created five years ago by the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, it has been getting a ton of attention and support lately.
So the takeaway here is that the NYCT is connected beyond the five boroughs and has some love for the suburbs too. Even if your nonprofit’s reach extends beyond the city limits, don’t rule out NYCT programs and affiliations.
You can learn more about Westchester Community Foundation on its individual website too. This is a local funder that has been operating for over 40 years and has nine strategic program categories: youth development, arts, community health, safety net, environment, women & girls, strong nonprofits, and special purposes.