Foundation proudly announces $552,000 in grants

Westchester Community Foundation has announced $552,000 in grants to a broad range of nonprofits throughout the county.  A total of $320,000 in college prep and persistence grants was awarded to The Guidance Center, Yonkers Partners in Education, Westchester Community College Foundation, and Project Morry to help young people prepare for and succeed in college. 


“Young people continue to need support and guidance throughout their college years,” notes program officer Robin Melén. “Our investments are in results-oriented programs geared to meet that need for students who are often the first in their family to attend college.”


The Foundation also awarded arts and culture grants totaling $50,000 to Lyndhurst, Jazz Forum Arts, and the Westchester Library System. Support to the library system will bring back the popular Creative Aging program for seniors.


“Our grant to the library system is made possible by generous donors to the Fund for Westchester’s Future. We are thrilled to be able to nurture creativity for seniors in our community,” says Laura Rossi, the Foundation’s executive director.  



The grants, approved by the Foundation’s Board of Advisors and the New York Community Trust, bring the total disbursed thus far in 2016 by the Foundation to $661,000, in two rounds of grantmaking. A third round will be announced in late October.
Letters of Intent for the first round in 2017 are due Nov. 4.