Melville, NY (December 26, 2019) – The Long Island Community Foundation is giving $656,00 to help 28 nonprofits use the arts to attract visitors to Southampton in the offseason, increase literacy and school readiness for children living in low-income areas, bring about awareness of human trafficking, pooling funding resources to address racial disparities on Long Island as well as protecting and restoring the Long Island Sound, and so much more.
This is the Foundation’s final round of grants, which brings the total giving in 2019 to $1,538,500. These grants would not be made possible without donor funds like the Henry Phillip Kraft Fund which exists to fund environmental projects, like clean water and restoration; or the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Youth – which helps young people reach their full potential; the Henry Shepard Fund and Rhodebeck LI Fund – which supports hunger programs and the Greentree Foundation Fund which responds to the priority needs of Long Islanders. The Long Island Community Foundation is committed to ensuring that our region remains a beacon of economic prosperity, acceptance, and opportunity for all.
ARTS & CULTURE
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER (SCOA) – $20,000 for an off-season arts and culture program called TAKEOVER2.
LA FUERZA UNIDA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. – $20,000 to provide technical assistance to low-income minority and women-owned small businesses.
EAC NETWORK – $23,000 to provide respite to caregivers of homebound seniors in Nassau County.
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF HEALTH TECH & MGMT. – $20,000 to construct a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary human trafficking awareness curriculum.
CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT
CONCERNED CITIZENS OF MONTAUK – $25,000 for a multi-year public education and advocacy campaign to improve and protect the water quality of Lake Montauk and Fort Pond.
NEW ENGLAND INTERSTATE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMM. – $25,000 to utilize seaweed aquaculture to improve water quality in the Great South Bay.
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH – $25,000 for the design and construction of an innovative and alternative wastewater treatment system in Western Suffolk.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY – $25,000 to prepare Mastic Beach residents to participate in a community resilience planning process.
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY – TILLES CENTER – $20,000 for an arts education program serving elementary schools in Freeport, Roosevelt, and Glen Cove.
NEW YORK COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE – $25,000 to mobilize Village of Hempstead parents and students to advocate for education reforms.
PARENT CHILD PLUS – $20,000 to increase literacy and school readiness for children from low-income families in Nassau County.
VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES – $20,000 for a technology and business simulation program in the Sewanahaka School District.
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE – $25,000 for integrated behavioral health and primary health care model at the Family Center in Bay Shore.
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER – $65,000 to meet prenatal and postnatal health needs.
PULSE OF NEW YORK – $10,000 to improve health care for marginalized and underserved adolescents.
HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS
ISLAND HARVEST – $23,000 for hunger relief programs in the town of Freeport.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY – $20,000 to improve the mental health of female veterans and their families.
NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP – $25,000 to provide free legal services for veterans with mental health issues.
SPECIAL PROJECTS & PHILANTHROPY
LONG ISLAND RACIAL EQUITY COLLABORATIVE FUND – $30,000 to pool local resources to address racial disparities on L.I.
LONG ISLAND SOUND STEWARDSHIP FUND – $30,000 to pool local philanthropic resources dedicated to protecting and restoring the Long Island Sound.
ABILITIES/VISCARDI CENTER – $20,000 for an alternative education program for at-risk high school students that includes vocational and social skills training.
MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK – $25,000 to help eligible Long Island immigrant families gain access to new state financial aid for higher education.
MOLLOY COLLEGE – $15,000 to operate a mentoring and leadership development program for Latina teenagers.
STRONG YOUTH – $20,000 for a culturally responsive and trauma-informed gang intervention and prevention program.
SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE LIUU FUND
GENDER EQUALITY NEW YORK – $20,000 to create social change by increasing the public’s understanding of the gender-expansive community and to advocate for rights, benefits and justice.
NEW HOUR FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN – L.I. $20,000 to support a leadership development and advocacy training program that empowers formerly incarcerated women.
SEPA MUJER – $20,000 to continue leadership development and advocacy initiative for Latina immigrants in Suffolk County.
WOMEN’S DIVERSITY NETWORK – $20,000 education and advocacy trainings to improve minority maternal health outcomes, reduce trends of systemic racism and gender violence, and influence public opinion and behaviors.
Through the generosity of our donors, the Long Island Community Foundation invests in groups that create positive change and improve the quality of life on Long Island. To learn more about these grants and the Long Island Community Foundation, visit our website at www.licf.org. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LICommunityFndt, connect with us on LinkedIn and find us on Instagram.
Since 1978, the Long Island Community Foundation has been the home of charitable Long Islanders who share a passion and commitment to improving their communities. LICF supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make Long Island a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play while building permanent resources for the future. The Foundation has made more than $190 million in grants from hundreds of funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. LICF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the country’s oldest and largest community foundations.