19 nonprofits to share $365,000 in grants
The Long Island Community Foundation is awarding $365,000 to 19 nonprofits in its first round of charitable giving for 2019. The Melville-based community chest, which doled out $1.5 million to more than 60 nonprofits last year in its competitive grants program, is again supporting a wide range of projects and organizations serving the Long Island community.
Three organizations received the top prize of $25,000: The Trust for Public Land, whose award will be used for its Long Island Empire State Trail Extension Project Phase II feasibility study and implementation plan; the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island, who will encourage pediatric service providers to promote breastfeeding and supplemental nutrition programs; and ECNY Foundation, which is creating a comprehensive digital roadmap to connect people to training and careers with a shortage of skilled workers.
Long Island Progressive Coalition was one of nine organizations to receive an award of $20,000. It will use it to promote worker cooperatives on Long Island. Vision Long Island will apply its $20,000 grant toward advocacy and coalition-building to support transit-oriented development. Grassroots Environmental Education’s grant will help it work with municipalities to prohibit the sale and use of single-use plastics, while the Long Island Pine Barrens Society will put its award toward its multi-year campaign to protect water quality.
Community Action Southold Town will finance a home visiting program to prepare young children from low-income families on the East End for school, and Project Morry will apply its award to a leadership development and college preparation program targeting students from the North Amityville and Copiague school districts. Grants of $20,000 will also help Mercy Haven provide food stamps and other benefits to low-income households, support Adelphi University Institute for Nonprofit Leadership’s leadership development program for nonprofit professionals and community leaders of color, and help bankroll the Long Beach Latino Civic Association’s job readiness program for Latino youth.
Seven organizations received $15,000 apiece, including the Great Neck Center For The Performing & Visual Arts, whose award will support the showing and discussion of social action documentaries. The Long Island Arts Alliance’s award will allow it to maintain and distribute the Long Island Arts Map, while All Our Energy will continue a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic items in Nassau County. Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College will use its award to restore the habitat of the 26-acre Hempstead Plains Purcell Preserve, while the Parrish Art Museum will provide arts education to economically and culturally diverse East End students. Community Housing Innovations’ educational programs for homeless adults at a Riverhead men’s shelter will also get a boost, as will the LGBT Network’s efforts to bring LGBT youth and young adults into inclusive workplaces.
LICF has three grant cycles each year. The second cycle’s recipients will be announced in late July. The application deadline for that round has passed, but the deadline for submissions for the third round is August 12.
April 17, 2019. republished for the Long Island Business News