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April 12, 2022

The Eisner Foundation Announces Its First New York City Grants

Originally posted on The Eisner Foundation

Today, The Eisner Foundation announced $1,525,000 in grants to 13 New York City-based organizations.

These are the first grants made through the Foundation’s New York City grantmaking program, which was announced alongside the 2021 Eisner Prize winner in November 2021 with an initial $1 million allocation. But the number of applications representing high-quality, intentional intergenerational programming prompted foundation leaders to increase this amount.

“We are thrilled at the impressive level of intergenerational work being done in New York City,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. “We are proud to begin a relationship with these fantastic organizations, and look forward to amplifying their efforts across the country and beyond.”

The 13 grants include:

$25,000 in program support to Concerts In Motion to provide weekly in-person and virtual live music concerts to isolated seniors by young musicians throughout New York City.

$150,000 in program support to DOROT, a previous winner of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, to expand their Virtual Teen Internship program model as a stand-alone digital platform that will benefit older adults and teens throughout all of New York City.

$125,000 in program support to the Good+Foundation to improve the livelihood of New York City’s most vulnerable intergenerational families with the necessary resources.

$150,000 in general operating support to Hamilton-Madison House to strengthen the infrastructure to serve a low-income multigenerational population in Lower East Side and Chinatown in Manhattan.

$25,000 in program support to Health Advocates for Older People to provide intergenerational technology training for hundreds of seniors through upgraded staff services, technological equipment, and recruiting youth tutor volunteers.

$25,000 in program support to Hudson Guild to help restructure and establish a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to be an intergenerational agent of change in the community.

$150,000 in general operating support to the New York University Center for Health and Aging Innovation to hire a social worker to recruit, retain, evaluate, and oversee all intergenerational programming at the Center.

$150,000 in general operating support to Reading Partners – New York to improve recruitment, training, and support of senior volunteers providing tutoring to low-income students across New York City.

$150,000 in program support to SAGE to launch an intergenerational initiative that will incorporate staff training, partnership strengthening, new programming, and civic engagement opportunities to benefit LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.

$25,000 in project support to The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood to pilot “Art Together,” a weekly intergenerational program that will bring together four-year-old students enrolled in the Y’s free PreK program and residents of Wien house, a home for low income older adults, to connect and create art for their shared courtyard.

$500,000 in program support to United Neighborhood Houses of New York, whose Center for Empowered Aging received the 2021 Eisner Prize, to create intergenerational community centers with coaching and learning resources provided by UNH at sites operated by four New York City-based settlement houses: BronxWorks, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Queens Community House, and Sunnyside Community Services.

$25,000 in capacity-building support to VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired to train older blind people in using technology that would qualify them for advanced training to enter the workforce, or become volunteers to connect to blind and/or sighted youth.

$25,000 in program support to Visiting Neighbors, Inc. to continue developing the Therapeutic Walking Program that brings together youth volunteers and older adults in Lower Manhattan, keeping isolated older adults engaged in their community while creating transformative relationships as they share life experiences.

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