Carroll Gardens and Red Hook Grant Recipients Span Arts, School and Senior Programs

The Brooklyn Community Foundation announced a series of grants awarded Thursday to address social and economic challenges throughout the borough.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation, an organization solely devoted to New York City’s best borough, announced the recipients of its competitive grantmaking for 2012 on Thursday. Monies awarded total at $2,299,600 for 138 community-based programs and services.

Some of the nearby programs that will benefit from the monies awarded include:

Red Hook Initiative: $25,000 to enhance the Young Adult Program serving Red Hook youth ages 18-24. Program will combine job readiness and training, education advocacy, college access, and counseling. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Inc.: $15,000 for year-round, hands-on environmental program for young people to learn about sustainability, recycling, aquatic ecology, and scientific observation.

PlayHarvest: $5,000 for PlayGardens, a collaborative afterschool project with the Brooklyn New School to teach students from Carroll Gardens and Red Hook about the environment, urban agriculture, health, and wellness.

Rainforest Alliance: $15,000 to support environmental education programs in partnership with three public elementary schools in Ft. Greene and Red Hook. 

Added Value: $25,000 to support expansion of program targeting NYCHA youth ages 18-24 in Red Hook. Program provides job readiness and training in the field of urban agriculture. Youth build and work on an urban farm on NYCHA property, in partnership with Green City Force. 

Cora Inc.: $7,500 in operating support for Red Hook dance center; includes pay-what-you-can classes for youth and adults, live performance events, subsidized artist space, and residency space in a professional arts facility. 

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn: $20,000 toward ongoing activities and ramp-up efforts in anticipation of the 2013 opening of BRIC House. BRIC will expand its education offerings by hiring a full-time Director of Education. 

New York Transit Museum: $12,500 to expand services to people with special needs. Funds will help make the museum accessible, engaging, and educational for people of all ages and abilities. 

MS 51 Instrumental Music: $5,000 to the MS 51 band program, serving over 180 students from Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Sunset Park, to purchase new instruments. The school’s Parents Association will match the grant. 

Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.: $15,000 for Bill Payer Program services to low-income older and disabled Brooklyn residents. 

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.: $15,000 for the Chore Assistance for Elderly Brooklyn Residents program, which helps keep frail seniors independent and in their homes. 

Brooklyn Public Library: $25,000 for the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs, Neighborhood Library Literacy Programs, Shelter Storytelling, Hospital Storytelling, Garden Club & School Visits, plus new services for autism community via Bridges to Literacy program. 


For a complete list of recipients, please see the PDF attached in the gallery.

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