Long Island Nonprofits Are Awarded Nearly $3.25 Million Dollars - The Long Island Community Foundation
December 16, 2021   |   By the Long Island Community Foundation
Long Island Nonprofits Are Awarded Nearly $3.25 Million Dollars

Melville, NY (December 16, 2021) – In its last round of grants this year, the Long Island Community Foundation has approved $896,180 to 36 nonprofits—bringing this year’s total to $3,243,180 through its competitive and collaborative funds grantmaking programs.

These final grants of 2021 comprise such projects as mobile food distribution in Suffolk County communities, mental health counseling for teens and LGBTQ youth, civic education programs to students in West Hempstead schools, career training programs for young adults, and a campaign to eliminate lead in Long Island school’s drinking water. Also, included in these grants are the remaining funds from our COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Fund to address the long-term recovery needs of families still struggling from the pandemic.

“These grants are made possible by generations of Long Islanders who have included the Long Island Community Foundation in their wills, as well as recent contributors to our work,” says David M. Okorn, executive director of the Foundation. “Long Island’s community foundation is committed to ensuring that our region remains a beacon of economic prosperity, acceptance, and opportunity for all as we continue to recover from the pandemic.”

Below is a list of the third and final cycle of grants this year. Click here for a listing of all the grants made in 2021.


Arts & Education

Abilities/The Viscardi Center: $25,000 for an alternative education program for at-risk high school students.

Belmont Child Care Association: $15,000 for academic and cultural enrichment programs for the children of Belmont Racetrack’s backstretch workers.

Butterfly Effect Project: $28,000 to support an academic enrichment and leadership program for girls attending Riverhead elementary schools.

Hamptons Art Camp d/b/a Hamptons Community Outreach: $20,000 to improve the academic achievements and self-esteem of Shinnecock Indian Nation youth.

Long Beach Latino Civic Association: $15,000 to increase parental involvement for Latino students in the Long Beach School District.

Long Island Arts Alliance: $30,000 to help arts and culture institutions coordinate and share resources in the wake of the global pandemic.

Project MOST: $22,000 to support an arts and culture education program for elementary and middle school students in East Hampton.

Community Development & Community Response

Empire Justice Center: $25,000 to provide housing stabilization and eviction prevention assistance to undocumented immigrants.

Mercy Haven, Inc.: $25,000 for supportive community-based resources to help stabilize households.

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehab Center: $25,000 to address the physical and emotional effects of social isolation of seniors.

Health and Welfare Council of Long Island: $78,180 to address the long-term recovery needs of families still struggling from the pandemic.

Immigration Research Initiative: $25,000 to create a profile of immigrants in the Long Island economy.

Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center: $25,000 to provide cognitive stimulation for individuals with dementia and respite services for their caregivers.

Long Island Immigrant Children’s Fund: $25,000 for joint grantmaking to support ongoing efforts to bring services and advocacy to recently arrived immigrant children on Long Island.

Long Island Racial Equity Funder Collaborative: $25,000 to pool local resources to address racial economic disparities on Long Island.

The Opening Word: $25,000 to increase access to mental health services for immigrant women.

Conservation & Environment

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society: $15,000 to expand a corps of trained volunteers who serve as first responders for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

Defend H2O, Inc.: $15,000 to advocate for natural solutions to coastal hazards and climate change.

Friends of Bellport Bay: $20,000 to improve and protect the health of the Bellport & Great South Bays through shellfish restoration.

Long Island Pine Barrens Society, Inc.: $20,000 for a multi-year campaign to protect Long Island’s water quality.

Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund: $30,000 for a funder collaborative dedicated to protecting and restoring the Long Island Sound.

New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund: $18,000 for a campaign to eliminate lead in school drinking water.

Seatuck Environmental Association: $20,000 to conserve and protect vernal pools and their inhabitants.

Health & Mental Health

Family Service League, Inc.: $50,000 to help a 24-hour crisis stabilization center coordinate primary and mental health care.

North Fork Spanish Apostolate: $40,000 to improve access to quality healthcare and address health disparities for uninsured and under-insured individuals.

Hunger & Homelessness

EAC Network: $25,000 to address food insecurity for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Field & Fork Network: $20,000 to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to purchase more locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Lighthouse Mission Outreach, Inc.: $15,000 for mobile food distribution in Suffolk County communities.

Long Island Cares, Inc.: $50,000 for the Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance in Freeport.

Youth Development

Eden II School for Autistic Children, Inc.: $20,000 for a career training program for young people with autism.

Generation Citizen: $10,000 to provide civics education classes to students attending the West Hempstead School District.

i-tri: Inspirational Triathlon Racing International: $15,000 to build self-esteem and healthy habits for middle school girls on the East End of Long Island.

LGBT Network: $20,000 to support mental health counseling services for LGBTQ youth.

Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: $20,000 for a substance abuse intervention program to stop the progression of drug use in youth not eligible for inpatient treatment.

The Retreat: $20,000 to provide mental health support for victims of teen dating violence.

V.O.S.O.S. Way Helping Hands Foundation: $20,000 to plan the implementation of a technical training center in Wyandanch.


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. LICF supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make Long Island a vibrant and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The Foundation has made more than $200 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. 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.


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