Grant Programs

 
  • Workforce Development and Job Placement

  • Access to Legal Services

  • Basic Human Needs and Self-Sufficiency

  • Youth Development

  • Arts & Culture

  • Social Justice

  • Conservation and the Environment

  • Technical Assistance

  • Health Disparities

  • Health-Care Systems

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Grant Program Details

 

We are committed to building promising futures for all ages by supporting workforce development and job placement; providing access to legal services for vulnerable populations; meeting basic human needs and supporting self-sufficiency; and supporting the development of resilient youth.

 

 

Workforce Development and Job Placement

Program goals: To increase opportunities for Westchester residents ages 16+ and to strengthen workforce development efforts that help Westchester businesses hire skilled workers.

 

We support programs that demonstrate a clear connection between the training and “in-demand” jobs. Preference will be given to programs leading to industry-recognized certification, and that include job placement and post-placement services.

 

We encourage:

  • community partnerships linking industry, training, and job-seekers;

  • career-exploration and technical-education programs that prepare youth for high-quality jobs that offer a path to a career;

  • programs that include internships and apprenticeships; and

  • programs designed to serve a particular constituency, including those with barriers to achieving successful employment.

 

Program officer: Tara Seeley

 

Access to Legal Services
Program goals: Programs that protect civil liberties and human rights through access to civil legal services.

 

Program officer: Tara Seeley

 

 

Basic Human Needs and Self-Sufficiency

Program goals: To address basic human needs including food and shelter, and to help Westchester residents achieve greater long-term economic stability and self-sufficiency.

 

Program officer: Tara Seeley

              

              

Youth Development

Program goal: To increase opportunities for youth, ages 8 to 24, to become resilient adults.

 

We support programs that use a Positive Youth Development framework to teach resilience and engage youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families. Preference will be given to programs that utilize an asset-based approach to enhance the skills, abilities, talents and resources of young people, and that incorporate youth voices in program design and/or implementation.

 

Priority areas: Leadership and self-determination and diversion from the criminal justice system.

 

Leadership and self-determination: We support comprehensive programs that engage youth over time to exercise leadership and responsibility through a range of experiences. Preference will be given to programs giving young people the chance to become their best self by developing self-esteem, goal-setting, communication, healthy behaviors, peer support, self-discipline, and commitment to community.

Program officer: Robin Melén

 

Diversion from the criminal justice system: We support programs that reduce youth involvement in the criminal- and juvenile-justice systems by providing critical social service supports including mental health services. Preference will be given to programs that use innovative strategies to steer youth away from suspension and incarceration.

NOTE: Proposals in this category will be reviewed ONLY in the March grant cycle.

Program officer: Robin Melén

 
 
 
 
 

We make grants to groups that increase access to the arts, foster social justice, and protect our environment. We also support efforts that strengthen nonprofit effectiveness.

Arts and Culture

Program goal: To broaden access to the arts for all and to provide professional development opportunities for Westchester artists from diverse backgrounds.

 

Priority areas: Fellowships and Germanic culture.

We provide funding support to:

  • Organizations that provide post-baccalaureate education and training fellowships to promising young, economically disadvantaged artists that will help them make the transition to professional careers. Preference will be given to those organizations that identify and recruit culturally diverse, disadvantaged young people from groups traditionally underrepresented in arts disciplines.  Recipients generally should be Westchester residents, age 30 or younger, with demonstrated financial need. 

  • Programs that bring to life the rich cultural history of Germany, including scholarships, research, and programs that promote Germanic arts, folklore, language, literature, and music. In 2021, the cap for grants for musical performances in this category is $7,500.
     

Program officer: Robin Melén

 

 

Social Justice

Program goal: To support community-based efforts that create greater social, racial, economic, and political justice.

Priority areas: community organizing, civic engagement, public policy change.

We provide funding support to community-based efforts undertaken by marginalized and disenfranchised communities working toward long-term solutions transforming the systems and structures that perpetuate social, racial, economic, and political injustice. Those most affected by the injustice must have integral roles in project implementation, including identifying solutions, initiating action for change, and participating in ongoing evaluation of the efforts. Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate an ongoing commitment to leadership development.

Program officer: Tara Seeley

 

 

Conservation and the Environment

Program goal: To promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities in Westchester.

Priority areas: Sustainability, resiliency, and healthier environment. 

 

We provide funding support to:

  • Programs that seek to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Projects that help communities, especially the disadvantaged, become more resilient to a changing climate through conservation and preservation of shorelines, reduction of stormwater run-off, and better planning for weather-related emergencies.

  • Projects that create healthier, more livable communities through prevention of air pollution, reduction of the risk of exposure to toxic substances, protection of drinking water quality, and preservation of open space.

  • Projects that preserve biological diversity through habit conservation and protection.

 

Program officer: Tara Seeley

Technical Assistance/Capacity building

The Foundation has created the Institute for Strong Nonprofits to support the capacity of nonprofits in Westchester. Through our convenings, workshops, and cohort programs, we provide opportunities for the sector to learn, connect, and grow.

 

The Foundation does not entertain requests for technical assistance funding for individual organizations.

 

Program officer: Robin Melén

 
 
 
 

The Foundation supports innovative projects that expand access to health care.

Current priorities include access to Covid-19 vaccinations and access to mental-health services.

 

Proposals by invitation only.

 

The Foundation supports initiatives that advance equity. Current focus areas include social determinants of health, transportation equity, and civic engagement in the upcoming redistricting process for New York State. 

Proposals by invitation only.