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Grant Recipients

2023 Grants    

AFYA Foundation    Yonkers, NY                                                                                                           $57,000

Afya Cares Program                                                                                                     

Support for OTs teaching young adults with disabilities prevocational, vocational and interpersonal skills.


America on Tech     New York, NY                                                                                                              $35,000                                     

Internships and Alumni Relations Manager  

Support for staff dedicated to procuring internships for students while maintaining strong relationships

with program graduates to help them in their careers.


Association for Autism and Neurodiversity      Watertown, MA                                                                 $60,000 

Individual and Family Support Services in NY  and MA                                                                                                                     

Support for Autistic and similarly Neuro-divergent youth and families. 


Auditory Oral School of New York    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                           $50,000

Camp Scholarships

Support for deaf and hard of hearing children to attend camp to mitigate learning loss over the summer.                                                                             

Backyard Sports  White Plains, NY                                                                                                              $15,000

Friday Night Teens Plus

Support for evening social programming for youth with disabilities.


Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC   Oceanside, NY                                                                                                          

The Ezra Center for Special Services                                                                                                              $45,000

Support for expansion of virtual and in-person social and recreational programming for adults and

children with special needs.


Teaching Assistant Development Program                                                                                                       $57,000

Support for a vocational training program in collaboration with the Child Care Council of Nassau County for           

adults with disabilities who want to work with children in a professional capacity.  The program consists of

instructional classes led by the Child Care Council of Nassau County, followed by internships in the

JCC’s early childhood classrooms and school-age after-school programs.  

Blythedale Children's Hospital   Valhala, NY                                                                                              $60,000

Training for Parents and Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children

Support to ensure that parents and caregivers have the skills and confidence to care for their medically

fragile children once they leave the hospital.

Boston Casa   Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                                           Court Appointed Youth Advocates                                                                                                                  $35,000

Support program using volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as ad litem guardians for

youth in foster care.

Boston Medical Center   Boston, MA                                                                                                           $50,000                       

Autism Clinic: Patient Support and Community Outreach

Support for an educational advocate in the autism clinic to help low-income families receive appropriate

educational placement and services for their children.


Bottom Line    Jamaica Plain, MA                                                                                                                 $25,000

College Access and Success Program in Boston

Support for college bound program that incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus

emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to college success.


Bottom Line    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                        $35,000

College Access and Success Program in New York

Support for program that incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, 

academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester      Dorchester, MA                                                                               $75,000

Project B.I.N.D.

Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club wide,  after-school year programs.

Bridges from School to Work   New York, NY                                                                                              $50,000

Transition Program for High School Students

Support for program that provides high school students with disabilities with work experiences that foster

success post high school whether in college, internships or on the job.


Cambridge Camping Association                                                                                                              $18,500


Support for scholarships and social worker for under-resourced youth ages 5-13 with social, emotional,

and behavioral challenges associated with trauma or disability.


Camp Starfish  Stow, MA                                                                                                                            $35,000 

Camp Scholarships                                                                                                                                                             

Support for camp scholarships for youth with behavioral issues.                                                                                


Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk   Boston, MA                                                                                  $37,000

Family Advocacy Program

Support for program that assists children and their non-offending caregiver receive the services and

supports they need following incidences of family violence.


Citizens' Committee for Children   New York, NY                                                                                       $10,000                       

Youth Action

Support for advocacy training for high school students.

City Parks Foundation  New York, NY                                                                                                         $10,000


Support for cultural programming in New York City and the outer boroughs.


CO/LAB Theater Group      New York, NY                                                                                                           $25,000    

CO/LAB Core and Leaders

Support for theater program for people of all ages with disabilities.


Commonpoint Queens      Queens and Little Neck, NY                                                                                                                       

Butler Special Needs Center  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                      $80,000                                    Support for programs designed to enhance social skills and community inclusion opportunities for people

with disabilities focusing on programming for young adults ages 19-40. 


CQY Butler Center  - CQY                                                                                                                              $40,000

Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities.


Scholarship Assistance  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                              $27,000                         Scholarship assistance for children with disabilities attending after school, day camp, preschool programs.

Community Based Services    North Salem, NY                                                                                                  $50,000

Advanced Early Intervention Training for Community Workers

Support for additional training for staff working in the community with people with disabilities


Community Servings  Jamaica Plains, MA                                                                                                     $30,000

Teaching Kitchen

Support for eight twelve-week foodservice job training programs for people with disabilities to develop

kitchen skills that will lead to employment in the food industry in the community. 

Dancing Dreams   Queens, NY                                                                                                                     $20,000

Dancing Dreams

Support for ballet dance program for boys and girls ages 5-21 with significant physical/mobility challenges.


Doc Wayne    Boston, MA                                                                                                                           

Chalk Talk                                                                                                                                                    $60,000

Support for sport-based group therapy program for youth with mental health challenges.


Educational Alliance – 14th Street Y    New York, NY                                                                                 $35,000

Special Needs Programming at the 14th Street Y

Support for special needs recreational programming in lower Manhattan that increases socialization and

provides workshops for parents to help them understand their children’s educational,

social, recreational needs and identify appropriate supports for them. 


Enroot      Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                            $30,000                              

Mentoring Program for Immigrants

Support for mentoring program for immigrant students in Cambridge and Somerville that provides 1:1

tutoring, leadership development and civic engagement seminars and internship opportunities.

Fast Feet Running and Athletics    Queens, NY                                                                                           $12,500

Expansion to Queens

Support for expansion in Queens of after-school running programs for youth with disabilities.


Hebrew Educational Society (HES)   Brooklyn, NY                                                                                      $80,000

Special Needs Family Center - Coordinator of Special Needs Programs                                               

Support for on-going programming and capacity building in preschool, after school, summer camp and

parenting programs for children with disabilities and their families.

Hebrew Free Loan  New York, NY                                                                                                                $50,000

Special Education Bridge Loan Program

Support to increase the funding capacity of program that supports the  educational needs of youth with


Helen Keller Services  New York, NY                                                                                                           $30,000

Camp Scholarships                                                                                                                                     

Support for summer camp scholarships for blind and visually impaired youth.

HERO  Ardsley, NY                                                                                                                                       $ 5,000

Adaptive Tennis Program for People Disabilities

Support to increase the footprint and capacity of tennis program for youth with disabilties.


Hospital for Special Surgery    New York, NY                                                                                              $15,000

Adaptive Sports Program

Support for a variety of opportunities for youth with mobility issues to experience sports such as 

skiing, horseback riding, surf boarding and more.


Hudson River Community Sailing                                                                                                                     $25,000

Adaptive Sailing

Support for adaptive sailing program for people with disabilities.


IncludeNYC   New York, NY                                                                                                                          $50,000

Project Possibility, Bridge and Career Launch                                                   

Support for a variety of programs for young adults with disabilities to increase their advocacy skills and 

educational opportunities so that they learn about available options and successfully transition from high

school to college to work.


Intrepid Sea and Air Museum   New York, NY                                                                                              $40,000

All Access Maker Camp                                                                                                                                    

Support for three one-week vacation camps for youth ages 8-13 on the Autism Spectrum.


JCC of Greater Boston   Boston, MA                                                                                                                 

Camp Grossman                                                                                                                                            $36,400

Support for scholarships, CIT Program and year round MESH programs for youth with disabilities.


JCC of Manhattan    New York, NY                                                                                                                    

Access Coordinator                                                                                                                                        $50,000

Support for program to help families of people with disabilities understand their rights and learn how to

navigate the NYS and Federal governmental systems (Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, OPWDD and SSI) and 

connect with the Medicaid Service Network and Coordinators so they can access services. 


Assistive Technology                                                                                                                                      $15,000

Support for a program that works with staff and people with disabilities to provide them with assistive

devices that will improve their quality of life and their ability to communicate.           


ReelAbilities Film Festival                                                                                                                                $25,000 

Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities.


SibSpace                                                                                                                                                       $30,000

Support for adult siblings as they address the realities of becoming the next generation of caregivers

responsible for younger siblings with disabilities.

JCC of Mid-Westchester     Scarsdale, NY                                                                                                     $33,700


Support for CLASSP, a youth development and training program for high school students who work in

after-school and camp programs for youth with disabilities.  


Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst     Bensonhurst, NY                                                                                              

Butler Special Needs Center                                                                                                                            $45,000     

Support for summer camp and after-school educational enrichment, socialization and recreation

programs for people with disabilities.

Jewish Museum   New York, NY                                                                                                                    $25,000

Project Access

Support for access programs for people with disabilities.

Kings Bay YM-YWHA  Brooklyn, NY

Deaf and Hard of Hearing  Program                                                                                                                  $50,000

Support for programming addressing the unique health and communication challenges of people

who have physical disabilities.

Special Needs Coordinator                                                                                                                               $55,000

Support for full-time coordinator of the Special Needs Department.


Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Children                                                                                                   $50,000

Pilot camping program for youth with visual impairments.

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center  Bronx, NY                                                                                    $35,000

CHANCES Respite Program

Support for after-school and weekend programming for people with disabilities.

Legal Outreach  Long Island City, NY                                                                                                             $75,000

College Bound Program 

Support for Dean of Academic Success to work with high school students who, post pandemic, are

struggling with learning challenges in 4-year, after-school and summer program using law related subjects

to build academic skills and provide professional opportunities for low-income, urban high school students.


Massachusetts Advocates for Children  Boston, MA                                                                                           $50,000

Special Education Advocacy Program

Support for Spanish speaking lawyer to provide workshops and a HELP line for Latino families to help

them navigate the many systems that will provide the support services their children need.

Met Council  New York, NY

Cash Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence                                                                                                $75,000

Support for emergency cash relief for victims of domestic violence.

Mid-Island Y JCC  Plainview, NY

Adler Center for Special Needs                                                                                                                          $50,000

Support social worker and specialists for social, recreational and educational programs for youth

with special needs

Butler Service Coordination Program Long Island                                                                                                    $95,000

Support to help families understand their rights and navigate the complex state and federal programs

available to people with disabilities such as Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, SSI, SSDI and connect them with

appropriate service delivery networks.

Butler Service Coordination Program  - Brooklyn                                                                                                        $48,000

Support to help families understand their rights and navigate the complex state and federal programs

available to people with disabilities such as Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, SSI, SSDI and connect them with

appropriate service delivery networks.


Montefiore Medical Center  Bronx, NY                                                                                                   


School Health Program                                                                                                                                   $100,000

Support for the School Health Program with a particular focus on vision care.

More Than Words   Waltham, MA                                                                                                                   $50,000

Book Store and Café

Support for transitional employment program for youth 14-21 that focuses on entrepreneurship and

leadership opportunities through running an online and store front bookstore and café.

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center   Bronx, NY                                                                                    $125,000

Forward! Life and Workforce Readiness Program For Students with Special Needs                                                                                              Support for pilot program to provide individuals with special needs with the necessary skills, support and

opportunities to enhance their employability, pursue vocational training, access educational opportunities,

and receive supportive services to overcome barriers to entering the workforce or retaining employment.


Mount Sinai Adolescent Clinic    New York, NY                                                                                               $65,000

Medical/Legal Services

Support for a medical/legal partnership with Youth Represent providing an on-site legal advocate to 

address the educational, social, legal issues of economically disadvantaged young people 10-24.

Museum of Modern Art  New York, NY                                                                                                            $10,000

Access Program

Support for access programs for people with disabilities.

Museum of the Moving Image     Astoria, NY                                                                                                 $15,000

Access Mornings at MOMI

Support for special programming for people with disabilities.

New Alternatives for Children (NAC)    New York, NY                                                                                          $50,000

Camp Scholarships

Support for day and residential camp experiences for children with disabilities.


New York Legal Assistance Group  New York

Project Assist                                                                                                                                                   $50,000

Support for expansion of program that provides for legal supports for family caregivers to help them

understand their rights and what is needed to be in place for those for whom they provide full time care.

Special Education Unit                                                                                                                                       $50,000

Support for free legal services for low-income children with physical, developmental and 

learning disabilities and their families to insure they receive the services to which they are entitled.

NYSARC Inc, New York Chapter (AHRC)                                                                                                              $75,000

Project Search

Support for 2 additional Project Search programs for youth with disabilities that work in collaboration with

employers and the DOE.


Prospect Park Alliance    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                             $10,000

Special Aces

Support for adaptive tennis program for youth with disabilities. 


Publicolor  New York, NY                                                                                                                                  $75,000   

Color Club, Next Steps, Design Studio, and Summer Design Studio   

Support for a continuum of programs that address the educational and career needs of inner city

public school youth ages 13-21 using the power of color to revitalize their communities and the

expertise and passion of strong educators and mentors to help them explore future educational options.

Ramapo for Children  New York, NY

Advanced/College CLASSP                                                                                                                                   $33,800

Support for program for college age students who earn 6 college credits, a stipend and work 300

hours in programs for people with disabilities in agencies throughout the 5 boroughs, Long Island

and Westchester.

Reel Works    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                $50,000                          Supported Summer and After School Lab Programs                                                      

Support and professional training for young adults on the Autism Spectrum who are interested in all

aspects of the film industry.

Rocking the Boat   Bronx, NY                                                                                     

After School and Summer Youth Development Programs                                                                                         $50,000          

Support for after-school and summer on-water and boat building programs.


Row New York    New York, NY                                                                                                                         $40,000

Para Rowing

Support for adaptive rowing program for youth and adults with disabilities.


SBH Community Network   Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                          $50,000

Power On

Support for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities and their caregivers through a hub of

services that include case management, financial assistance, access to government benefits/entitlements,

navigation of DOE services, medical referrals, mental health services delivered by professionals and



Shames JCC on the Hudson   Tarrytown, NY                                                                                                     $70,000

Director of Supportive Services                                                                                                                                  

Support for new leadership to build innovative programs and services in Westchester for people of all ages

with disabilities.


Shorefront YM-YWHA    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                               $75,000                         Family Autism Center   

Support for social, recreational and educational services for people with autism and developmental 



Silver Lining Mentoring   Boston, MA                                                                                                               $35,000

Integrated Service Model

Support for long-term mentoring of youth ages 14-21 who are emerging from the foster care system.

Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center       Tewksbury, MA                                                                 $25,000 

Children and Youth Programs 

Support for therapeutic riding program for youth with disabilities.


Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center   Commack, NY                                                                                       $40,000                         Butler Special Needs Center                        

Support for after-school, vacation, camping, recreational and socialization programs for people with

special needs, ages 4-15. 


Tech Kids Unlimited   New York, NY                                                                                                                  $40,000

Teens and Young Adults: Career Ladder Programs

Support for tech programs for youth ages 7-20 with disabilities such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, OCD

and other learning and social/emotional challenges.


The Go Project  New York, NY                                                                                                                           $35,000

Go Summer Go School

Support for summer and year-round programming for youth with and without IEPs who have been

identified by their schools in need of extra support to succeed.  

The Inspired Community Project     Bronx, NY                                                                                                 $74,250

The Training and Excellence Program

Support for a direct service work readiness program that provides educational opportunities and creates

new career pathways for and with participants with disabilities.

The New Jewish Home      New York, NY                                                                                                           $75,000


Support for 4-year workforce development program for inner city students to introduce them to career 

opportunities in the field of geriatrics and provide them with paid employment upon graduation

from high school and college.


The Wily Network   Dedham, MA                                                                                                                       $50,000                        Mentoring College Students in Foster Care

Support for 1:1 mentoring of college students to insure they complete college and develop a network of



UJA-Federation   New York, NY                                                                                                                         $100,000

Camp Scholarships                                                                                                                                         

Support for summer camp scholarships for youth with disabilities.


University Settlement   New York, NY                                                                                                                $30,000

EXCEL Program

Support to expand programming for people with disabilities on the Lower East Side. 


Urban Arts Partnership   New York, NY                                                                                                              $50,000

School of Interactive Arts

Support for technology-based game design program that teaches both neuro-typical and

neuro-diverse students in Title 1 schools new skills designed to improve grades and give them a

strong grounding in computer science options that they often pursue in college.


Waypoint    Newton, MA                                                                                                                                     $25,000

Waypoint Adventure

Support for outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what

they thought possible.


Westchester Jewish Community Services   White Plains, NY                                                                             $33,318

Care Manager in Yonkers

Support for care manager in Yonkers to assist clients with benefits and create action plans to connect

them to resources that will enable them to meet their goals.


YM & YWHA of Washington Heights   New York, NY                                                                                         

Special Needs Services                                                                                                                                         $70,000

Support for year-round programming for children with special needs at the Y and at Camp Twelve Trails

in the summer.

High School CLASSP                                                                                                                                             $28,000 

Support for the administration of the High School CLASSP program.  



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