Spring 2013 Grants Announcement


The New York Women’s Foundation announces $2,470,000 in grant awards to support 43 women-led, community-based organizations, reflecting our commitment to strategically invest in solutions that promote economic justice for women and families in New York City.
There were 24 grants awarded, totaling $1,450,000 in the area of Economic Security, supporting organizations and programs that help women and girls living at or below the poverty level to achieve and sustain economic security through: Education, Training, Employment, and Asset Building.
In 2013, The Foundation awarded 10 grants, totaling $600,000 in the area of Anti-Violence & Safety, supporting organizations and programs that are working to eradicate gender-based violence and create safe communities.
Additionally, The Foundation awarded 6 grants, totaling $370,000 in the area of Health, Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, supporting organizations and programs that recognize and promote health as a fundamental right and necessity for achieving and sustaining individuals’ complete well-being.
Finally, The Foundation awarded 3 grants in Economic Security and Health, Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, totaling $50,000 establishing a new funding area, Readiness Grants, to prepare applicant organizations for impactful partnerships with The Foundation.
See complete list of grants below:
Anti-Violence & Safety
CONNECT $60,000
To provide services that prevent interpersonal violence and promote gender justice, including a Legal Advocacy Program that helps survivors of domestic violence navigate the legal system and educational programs for professionals and community members to gain a deeper understanding of dynamics and consequences of intimate and family violence, share personal experiences, and think critically about the way gender, race, class and sexuality shapes our responses and resistance efforts to such violence.
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families/STEPS to End Family Violence $60,000
For incarcerated women who are survivors of domestic violence to prepare them for re-integration into society, through individual and group counseling, preparation for parole board hearings, intensive case management, and employment ready services.
Families for Freedom $60,000
To build the capacity of low-income families of color who are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice and deportation systems to fight back by expanding defensive education programs to additional New York City communities; building the leadership of directly affected individuals and families to be grassroots educators/mobilizers in highly impacted NY communities; and organizing at risk individuals and communities to mount a campaign to halt the increasing criminalization of immigrants.
Girl Be Heard (formerly Project Girl Performance Collective) $60,000
To create a fearless space for girls to speak honestly, develop trust, share personal stories, and raise awareness about gender-based violence through performances, curricula and workshops.
The Hetrick-Martin Institute $60,000
For its Anti-Violence Social Media Campaign, a youth-led social media initiative designed to address violence against young lesbians, queer-identified women, and trans women, and educate other community-based organizations about violence facing young women and what can be done to remedy the issues.
Hollaback! $60,000
To build on the previous year’s work to strive for improved public safety on the streets for women and for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer through three core areas: 1) I’ve Got Your Back campaign; 2) Reporting harassment through 311; and 3) Research for Social Change.
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault $60,000
To spearhead citywide efforts to prevent sexual violence, and engage in research, analysis, and participatory problem solving to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have access to the best acute and long-term care.
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project $60,000
To provide direct services and community organizing work with  transgender and gender non-conforming  people of color  by engaging the participants in a community leadership institute and  organizing committees.
Service Women’s Action Network $60,000
To address institutional discrimination and gender-based violence experienced by service women/women veterans in New York City through a Legal and Peer Support Helpline, legislative reform, litigation, advocacy/public education, and direct support to secure quality health care and equal benefits.
Voices UnBroken $60,000
To maintain and expand their creative writing workshops for girls and young women in restrictive residential settings throughout New York City; continue to grow their Voices In Action leadership program; raise awareness about issues facing “crossover youth” (young people who have experienced abuse/neglect and committed acts of delinquency); and advocate for improved conditions and access to services for girls and young women in residential placements throughout New York City.
Economic Security
buildOn $60,000
To continue their AfterSchool Program, which provides a safe and positive environment where New York City high school students  tackle critical community needs and develop skills for a lifetime of success through community service, school break and summer programming, community and global education, and volunteer and  leadership opportunities.
Chhaya Community Development Corporation $60,000
To support their Women’s Empowerment Program, which provides financial education and skills training for South Asian immigrant women to empower them to play an active role in their household’s financial matters and in their own lives.
Cidadao Global/Global Citizen $60,000
To continue their community-based workforce development and leadership training for low-income, female Brazilian immigrants in NYC and to ensure representation of the Brazilian community in the larger struggle for social justice in NYC around issues such as domestic worker rights.
Footsteps $60,000
For their  Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which provides educational, vocational and social support to women seeking to enter or explore the world beyond the insular ultra-Orthodox religious communities in which they were raised.
The Financial Clinic $60,000
To improve the financial security of women in New York City through direct services which include repairing debt, establishing new savings, and securing tax refunds and to improve the capacity of its community-based partners through technical assistance and skills training, and leverage what is learned on-the-ground through their direct service work to inform local and state policies.
Girls Write Now $60,000
For their programming for young women in NYC, including a core Mentoring Program, a College Bound Program, and Journalism and Memoir workshops designed to empower young women by expanding their talent, developing independent, creative voices, and gaining confidence to make healthy school, career, and life choices.
Grace Outreach $60,000
To continue to improve the long-term financial opportunities and economic security of women in the South Bronx by providing them with opportunities to resume their education,  beginning with the GED and continuing with either College Prep or Workforce Development and Job Readiness.
Grand Street Settlement $60,000
For their IMPACT program, which provides individualized services as well as group support and peer-based leadership training to low-income mothers in Bushwick, in order to enhance the economic security and overall empowerment of the women in their community.
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees $70,000
For their adult education program for Haitian immigrants in NYC, including workers’ rights, worker negotiation skills, job searching skills and English classes, as well as a legal immigration clinic.
Hot Bread Kitchen $60,000
To improve economic security for foreign-born and low-income women and their families through on-the-job artisanal baking training and its food business incubator and professional development program for minority entrepreneurs.
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison $60,000
To support their College Preparatory and College Programs   at Taconic Medium Security Correctional Facility for women.
Legal Information for Families Today $60,000
To deepen the services of its Women’s Program, which provides one-on-one legal information and support for unrepresented Family-Court litigants in child support, custody, and visitation cases.
Lexington Vocational Services $60,000
To strengthen the core services and recent programmatic additions of its  Deaf Women for Economic Independence program, which provides free  pre-employment services, job placement, and post-employment services, to help deaf women maintain successful job placements and achieve financial independence.
Literacy Partners $60,000
For the Family Literacy/ESOL program which helps women, many of whom have recently immigrated to the United States, to achieve the spoken and written fluency in English necessary to compete in the job market while providing guidance on parental responsibilities.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio $60,000
For its  Housing Justice Program, which integrates community organizing, leadership development, and political education programs to build a grassroots, majority-women social justice organization and to enhance women’s leadership in the organization through its “Liderazgo de Mujeres (Women’s Leadership)” training initiative.
Per Scholas $60,000
For their  Women In Tech program, which increases  the representation of women within their graduates and among  New York City’s IT workforce  through recruiting all-female classes, integrating attention to women’s issues and service needs, and offering more flexibility in response to completion challenges that disproportionately affect female students.
Red Umbrella Project $60,000
To combat the stigma and discrimination experienced by adult women  involved in the sex industry through training and storytelling programs that equip sex workers with communication skills and transferable job skills so that they can  exit the sex industry on their own terms.
Sanctuary for Families $60,000
For their Domestic Violence Workforce Initiative, which provides intensive job readiness, career development, and basic office skills training for women survivors of domestic violence, and helps them obtain sustainable employment in the service sector economy.
Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation $60,000
To support primarily low-income, young women of color so they can better navigate their education and personal development through the Scholars Institute, a comprehensive program that provides: 1) direct financial support that covers tuition, books and educational fees; 2) enrichment services such as internships and year-round STEM programs; and 3) outreach programming through their powHERful summit.
Start Small. Think Big. $60,000
To provide financial and legal services to low-income women and minority entrepreneurs in New York City’s most underserved communities and to launch the Entrepreneurship Pipeline Program, a business leadership development program that offers  opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs  to scale their businesses.
United Community Centers $60,000
For its project East New York Farms!, an urban agriculture project through which youth and older adult women residents work collaboratively to meet their own food needs, increase access to fresh healthy food for their neighbors while stimulating the local economy and building a stronger, more cohesive community.
Union Settlement Association $60,000
For El Camino Health Pathways: Home Health Aide Training and Job Placement program, which improves the literacy and English levels of low-literacy women who lack a GED by increasing their access to educational opportunities and preparing them for higher paying jobs in the healthcare sector.
Westchester Square Partnership $60,000
To address the needs of the NYC South Asian community through health education, financial empowerment training and coordination of social and health-related services.
Year Up New York $60,000
For their  Young Women’s Initiative which provides young women (ages 18-24) with gender-specific workshops, networking events, and support groups to help them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed and achieve economic stability for themselves and their families.

Health, Sexual Rights, and Reproductive Justice
Bronx AIDS Services $60,000
To implement the Inside Out Program, which works to decrease HIV-associated behaviors among young women of color in the Bronx by addressing the underlying issues that serve as barriers to maintaining optimal health, while adding a college readiness component.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center $60,000
For their Transgender Case Management Program, which addresses the need for targeted and sensitive medical care coordination services for transgender and gender nonconforming patients who face significant barriers to accessing basic necessities, legal and financial support, and vital primary and specialty medical and mental health needs.
Community Health Action of Staten Island $60,000
For its Young Women’s Task Force, which seeks to prevent unintended pregnancies, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescent girls of color on Staten Island.
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House $70,000
For their Riis Academy Girls Inspiring in Real Life program, which offers youth-directed outreach, counseling and advocacy training for young women (ages 10 -14) who are at risk for unhealthy sexual behavior, and who are currently involved in Jacob Riis’ adolescent pregnancy prevention program.
SPARKS $60,000
To provide education/outreach, counseling, hotline support, weekly parenting groups, and mental health referrals to women and their families in low-income and Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn who suffer from Post-Partum Depression.
The POINT Community Development Corporation $60,000
For their W.O.M.E.N Project, which engages girls and young women (ages 13 to 21) from Hunts Point in a peer education project aimed at increasing awareness and prevention of HIV/STIs and teen pregnancy among young African American/Black and Latina/Hispanic women.
Readiness Grants
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families $15,000
For their  Latina Advocacy Project, an advocacy training program for Latina high school students at Grace Dodge Career and Technical High School in the Bronx that improves their research, presentation and public speaking skills, while increasing their civic engagement and ability to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Latino Justice PRLDEF $15,000
For LATIN@S AT WORK project, which defends the rights of Latina immigrants who are vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace.
SoHarlem/Creative Outlet $20,000
To strengthen its organizational infrastructure and link its social enterprise model with key social service, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs for low-income women in Harlem.

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